Jake Owen is a country singer/songwriter from Vero Beach, Florida who broke out in 2006 after releasing his debut album, Startin' with Me. Growing up in Florida, Owen was always an adept competitor and planned on pursuing a career as a professional golfer, but after getting in a serious wakeboarding accident that required radical reconstructive surgery, Owen's physical movement was hindered--shattering his dreams of making a living on the golf links. While recovering from his injuries, Owen borrowed a neighbor's guitar and taught himself how to play. Shortly thereafter, he began to perform regularly at bars and music venues around Florida. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his music career, Owen was quickly noticed by the record label RCA and released his well received debut LP with the imprint in 2006.