Jake Owen

The much-anticipated new album American Love represents the best of Jake Owen both musically and personally, and that's because the project is the result of a soul-searching journey that led him to explore the meaning of life and music. While recording the album, he ventured down some enticing new musical paths, but eventually decided to return home to his Florida-inspired roots, embracing the unique sound for which he is popular. Personally, he worked through the pain and healing of a divorce and renewed his commitment to what really matters in life--hope, optimism and the power of love. American Love is a new beginning for Owen, who has become a beacon of positive vibes through his uplifting lyrics and melodies, optimism, love of the beach and his youthful spontaneity. This begins the exciting new chapter in his award-winning career that has earned five number one hits-- "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," "Beachin," "The One That Got Away," "Alone with You" and "Anywhere with You." "This record has been very enlightening because I found myself through the songs. I got back to basics with American Love," he says of the project co-produced by award-winning songwriters and producers Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman with three tracks co-produced Lukas Bracewell and Owen, "This is me, this is what I want to say and this is what I want people to remember me for. These songs promote positivity and love. "There are a lot of things on this record that have been said before, but it is the feeling of the songs, the sonic nature of them and the lyrics that will make it different than what people have heard before. I feel a real connection to these songs." The debut single, "American Country Love Song," is emerging as this year's summer anthem. It perfectly captures the anticipation, freedom and hope that is brought on the feeling of summer. The song describes "a couple of kids living that American country love song," but it's a much larger celebration of the universal love story that is America itself. "It's the thought of, 'Hey, let's raise our glasses to the fact that we are all one in the same,'" Owen says. "We are basically living one big American country love song." All of the songs on American Love have the common thread of wanting to feel happy and peaceful and accepting the need to move on with life. The title track takes the Vero Beach, Fla., native back to some of the best years of his life-- those butterfly-inducing high school dates. "It captures that freedom of young love that keeps showing its face in my music. He drops his girlfriend off and wonders, 'Should I kiss her?'" As you get older, you get so jaded by little things that happen that you forget what it feels like to be excited by what is next. I gravitate to songs that give me that feeling of excitement." That youthful feeling of freedom and excitement continues on "After Midnight." "The song says, 'If nothing good happens after midnight, why did it always feel so good?'" he says. "I think everyone has thought about that at some point in their life." "Everybody Dies Young" embraces Owen's philosophy of seizing the moment, noting that whether you are 18, 45 or 91, "while we are here, this is our moment in the sun." He's joined by Grammy-award-winning songwriter Hillary Lindsey singing on the romantic "Where I Am" and "When You Love Someone," which is perhaps the best showcase of his impressive vocal abilities of his career. And what a career it has been. "When you look at my first album, I am the same in the kind of guy that I am and the kind of songs that I love," he says. "But I am different in the sense that I know who I am now, as opposed to who I was on my first album. I was 24-years-old and just excited to have a record deal and be on tour with Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn. I don't think I put as much emphasis on what my music meant. Now, it isn't just about making music anymore; it is about recording songs that mean not only a lot to me, but to my fans, who are expecting a lot of me. I have put a lot of thought into each of these songs and why they hit me the way they do and why I get excited when it comes up next on my set list. This is music I am honestly fired up to play for people. I don't ever want to lose that excitement in my music."