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Owen goes for "American Love"

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – Jake Owen seeks "American Love" when his fifth studio disc drops July 29.

"This record has been very enlightening because I found myself through the songs. I got back to basics with 'American Love,'" Owen said. "This is me, this is what I want to say and this is what I want people to remember me for."

Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman co-produced eight of the tracks (one of those with Luke Laird). For the first time in his career, Owen is a co-producer on three tracks with Lukas Bracewell. Chris Stapleton and Hillary Lindsey lend a hand on backing vocals.

The debut single, "American Country Love Song," is currently No. 17 on Billboard.

"American Love" comes during a time of change for Owen. "Over the past few years, I've experienced the unexpected. My dad received a cancer diagnosis, and I, unfortunately, went through a divorce. People probably thought I would record songs that reflected those difficult times, but I found myself gravitating to songs that had more of a positive vibe and actually made me feel better by singing them. Music truly does seem to help the healing process."

"I can't wait for people to hear these new tunes, " he said. "We just added a horn section to my band out on the road, and the energy I feel on stage with these guys takes it to a another level."

The track listing is:
1. American Love - Jaren Johnston/Luke Laird; Produced by Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman
2. After Midnight - Rodney Dale Clawson/Matt Dragstrem/Shane McAnally; Produced by Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman
3. Where I Am - Ross Copperman/Hillary Lindsey/Shane McAnally; Produced by Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman
4. Everybody Dies Young - Ross Copperman/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne/Scott Stepakoff; Produced by Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman
5. VW Van - Paul Reter/Brent Stenzel; Produced by Lukas Bracewell and Jake Owen
6. Good Company - Matt Alderman/Tommy Cecil/Jared Mullins; Produced by Lukas Bracewell and Jake Owen
7. LAX - Nathan Chapman/Andrew Dorff/Jake Owen; Produced by Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman
8. If He Ain't Gonna Love You - Luke Laird/Shane McAnally/Chris Stapleton; Produced by Shane McAnally and Luke Laird and Ross Copperman
9. When You Love Someone - Blair Daly/Hillary Lindsey/Sean McConnell; Produced by Lukas Bracewell and Jake Owen
10. You Ain't Going Nowhere - Ross Copperman/Dallas Davidson/Ashley Gorley; Produced by Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman
11. American Country Love Song - Ross Copperman/Ashley Gorley/Jaren Johnston; Produced by Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman

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