Good news piles up for Jake Owen
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
– A day after celebrating his third consecutive Top 20 hit with "Something About A Woman," Jake Owen received more good news Tuesday - a nomination for Top New Male Vocalist at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.
"This is incredible," said Owen. "A few years ago I was playing in college bars and now to be nominated for an ACM - I'm truly humbled and speechless."
From his debut album, "Startin' With Me," Owen enjoyed a Top 15 hit with his debut single "Yee Haw" and a Top 10 with "Startin' With Me."
Owen, who wrote or co-wrote all 11 tracks on his debut, also has toured with with Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and most recently Sugarland and Little Big Town.
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