At the young age of five, Shane Owens' parents gave him a set of drums, and at age six he started singing in the church choir. The choir had members of all ages, but the youngster's powerful voice drew most of the attention, especially on his favorite hymns, like I'll Fly Away.
While Owens was still quite young, his father, who was also a singer, and his mother separated. Owens and his older twin sister, who were born exactly one minute apart, stayed with his mother, who never missed the Saturday night broadcast of The Grand Ole Opry out of Nashville. Country music was always playing in the Owens household. Artists like Don Williams, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs were often heard, while George Jones and Vern Gosdin became particularly influential in Owens' work.
During high school, sports and other school activities took up most of his time, but after graduation in 1990, Owens found a guitar teacher, the highly acclaimed Shelly Commander, and put his focus back on music. Commander immediately recognized Owens' talent and put him to work playing in Commander's band on the weekends. The band line-up changed three of four times, but Owens always remained a member.
He won the Jimmy Dean Country Showdown State Competition in Alabama two years in a row in 1995 and 1996 and made it as far as the national semi-finals. He first went out on his own in 1996, when he and his backup band played the Civic Center in Ozark, Alabama with Confederate Rail Road. Owens, has never stopped performing and has shared the stage with many of Country's top artists, including Hank Williams Jr., Lori Morgan, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Kenny Chesney, Pam Tillis, Ronnie Milsap, Billy Dean, Keith Urban, Exile and dozens of others, while touring all over the South.
“I’ve grown my business the old-school way,” Shane explains. “I played the honky-tonks for years. I developed myself and my sound. It can be tough when you’ve got a traditional sound, but I can’t be anything I’m not. If it was easy to do, everybody would do it. And I’m nowhere near done doing it.”
Owes was The Music Row 2018 Independent Artist of the Year, having already made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2017. Shane has since appeared at major summertime events like CMA Music Festival and Jamboree In the Hills, both of which were voted as the top two American country music festivals of the year.
Cracker Barrel has picked Owens' music to appear in several of the store's exclusive releases and Netflix included his song, "Country Never Goes Out of Style," in the popular series, The Ranch. While participating in the Country Radio Seminar, Owens recently hosted the world famous Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree at the Troubadour Theatre for the first time in February 2020.
Never one to sit still for long, Owens followed up with his most recent release "It’s A Southern Thing" and is currently impacting radio with his latest single “Hard Luck Girl.” Owens, after Covid-19 has been thwarted, looks forward to continuing to tour and promote “Love Me To Death” as his latest single. Known for being one of the few modern day Country artists who still pays homage to the old-school classics, Owens is committed to keeping the true sounds of Country music alive.
This is an album filled with music intended to take the listener back to an earlier era in Country Music reminiscent of a simpler time. Owens shines brightly delivering each song with the same supersized voice that once shook the pews of his hometown church as the musicians expertly lay the sounds of Dance Halls long gone.
Randy Travis has stated, “Shane Owens brings it all…vocal, writing, performance, and passion. He has paid his dues, remained committed to traditional country and brings you a song with heart and a story. Songs that will get you through the tough times and enjoy the happy times; and, lyrics that will remind you of the threads in life that make you the fabric you are today. He will bless you with his talent and his kindness. To Shane, I gladly pass the baton…"
Commencing Thursday April 2nd, 2020 at 7 p.m. Central Time the Shane Owens team will offer a series of FaceBook Live concerts as a salute to those out there that continue to work each day to keep America and the world rolling in these trying times. Here's to all the Doctors, Nurses, First Responders, Truck Drivers, Warehouse Workers, Postal Workers, Construction Workers and the many, many more that are continuing to provide our Essential Services.
We Thank You & We Salute You!!!