Spend any amount of time with Alabama native Shane Owens, and it will be easy to tell that he’s from the south. The traditional-based singer, who is currently climbing the charts with his “Where I’m Comin’ From” single, tells CMChatLive he is proud of his southern heritage.
“I just try to be who I am. We’re not going to try to be anything we’re not. I learned the hard way that you can’t really do that. You’ve got to be yourself.”
And, as 2016 begins, it seems that being Shane Owens is the thing to be these days, as his music seems to pick up a little more traction each week.
“Things seem to be doing really good. We’re getting quite a few adds at radio. It’s traditional country music, which I think the pendulum is starting to swing more and more toward. I think there’s evidence of that out there. We’ve got a great team out there, and everything seems to be looking great.”
Owens is excited to have one of his heroes, Randy Travis, involved with the single. The singer is listed as one of the producers on the track, which is something Owens doesn’t take lightly.
“To have Randy Travis as a producer on the track means a lot. I’ve always been a big fan of his, and he’s always influenced me a lot to pursue this as a career, and it doesn’t hurt to have him in your corner.”
Owens’ release is one of the first musical projects that Travis has been involved with since his stroke in 2013.
“He’s had a tough time, for sure. He’s trying to get back to where he was, but he’s come a long way in a short time. To have his endorsement alone is so unreal. He’s got one of those voices that you just know. I think one of the reasons he likes my music is that there are some similarities there. To have him be a fan of mine is similar to a dream come true. I can’t stress how unbelievable it was for me to be sitting in the studio mixing down a record with him. When we were mixing the record, he was tapping his foot and having a great time. It was a big deal, for sure.”
Owens definitely has earned survival points – having survived two ill-fated record deals before his current one with AmeriMonte.
“I grew up with old-school tendencies from Mom and Dad. They taught me to work hard, love people, and be respectable. I played ball growing up, and we grew up tough. This business isn’t always for the faint of heart. You’ve got to keep plugging away, because we’ve been knocked off that horse several times, You just have to have the attitude to get back up and ride things out.”
Owens, who doesn’t drink or smoke – and has never been issued even a speeding ticket, says he loves approaching his career – and life – the old-fashioned way.
“We’ve been blessed to come this far, and it’s time to put the plow on the ground, and let God take over, and the rest of it will take care of itself.”
At the end of the day, Owens just wants to be true to himself on both a musical and personal level.
“In this business, there are a lot of great singers. But, God only chooses a few to be able to entertain and interact with a crowd, and he gave me that blessing. I think that goes a long way. To be able to do what I do, and be able to sell the song – that’s something that I don’t take for granted. It’s a gift, and I know it’s a gift. It’s something you can’t teach. It’s a tough business. Everybody knows that, but I’m not a guy who is going to cry over spilt milk and run home to mama every time something bad happens, you know what I mean. Nashville will hurt your feelings in a hurry. You can have all the talent in the world, but you’ve got to have people at radio, and a great team behind you to believe. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t have it happen any other way. I’m glad it’s played out the way it has. I appreciate all the hard work and the dedication I’ve put into it paying off.”
As the New Year begins, Owens plans to continue to promote the single – which he is very proud of.
“I think the song speaks for itself. I’m just glad we got to cut it before somebody else did. I wasn’t the writer on it – Kerry Kurt Phillips and Jerry Salley wrote the song, and they’ve written a bunch of hits.”
He has just completed a new video for the song, and has just unveiled his new website – www.ShaneOwensCountry.com. But, don’t label Owens “tech savvy” just yet.
“I’ve still got a flip phone, which everybody makes fun of. If I didn’t have a 16-year-old son, I probably wouldn’t know how to text. Kids nowadays don’t want to answer the phone, but they’ll text, so I’m getting educated on all of that.”
He knows his career path has hit a few bumps, but he’s glad to still be in the trenches.
“My story isn’t exactly what I would call funny, but it is different in a way. A lot of artists don’t get one chance, and here we are working on the third time around. I can’t stress how much I am blessed to still be in the mix. You go into the studio, you get excited, and you cut the best songs that you can cut, and you pour your heart into the songs. The older I’ve got, the more I’ve learned that you just have to let things happen on your own in this business. I’ve learned the art of patience, which is hard for me. To finally be with a great label and a great team, it has brought everything full circle. I’m as excited now as I’ve ever been. Timing is so crucial. I believe the time is right.”