Jake Owen in Concert at Adrian College

Adrian, MICH – Country music sensation Jake Owen will take to the stage March 16 at 8:00 PM in the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center on the campus of Adrian College.

Owen’s refreshing vocals and rock-hard country inspire an innovative and refreshing sound to country music fans. His latest release, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, has exploded on the music scene as the biggest hit of Owen’s career to date.

“I never wanted to be the guy that did everything the way you’re supposed to do it,” says the candid and outgoing music maker. “And that led me to make this record, which I think really represents who I am more than anything I’ve ever recorded. If nothing else happens after this, I can honestly say that I did the absolute best that I can do. I’ve never felt this good about music, or anything in my career, as I do right now.”

His buoyant optimism is justified. Barefoot Blue Jean Night brims with vocal self-confidence and a superbly chosen stack of songs. But the latest album is the new beginning for the hit maker. Jake Owen has previously enjoyed major-league success with such performances as 2006’s “Startin’ with Me,” 2008’s “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You,” and 2009’s “Eight Second Ride.” His revival of “Life in a Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him Grammy and CMA Award nominations.

In 2009, Owen was named Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. His rise to the top didn’t take long, when less than a year after his arrival on Nashville’s scene, he was signed by RCA Records and was on the charts with his first two singles, “Yee Haw” and “Startin’ with Me.”

He went from being a speck in a stadium crowd at a Kenny Chesney concert to opening shows for the superstar. Then Brad Paisley took him on the road as Owen scored his third hit, 2007’s “Something About a Woman.” In 2008, Owen opened shows for Sugarland. This year, Keith Urban asked Jake to be his touring partner on the Get Closer 2011 World tour.

The performance will take place in the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center’s multi-purpose room. The concert will begin at 8 P.M. with the opening act to be announced in the upcoming weeks. The concert is open to Adrian College students, faculty and staff and the entire community. Doors open at 7:30 P.M.

The concert is standing room only. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, February 1 at 9:00 A.M. Tickets for the general public are $25 each; $15 for Adrian College faculty and staff. To purchase tickets, please visit the website at www.adriantickets.com. (This link will not go live until Wednesday morning, February 1.) All tickets are electronic and MUST be printed at time of purchase.

Each Adrian College student is entitled to one free ticket. Students must follow the instructions at the website above, and have both ticket and student ID to gain entrance into the concert.

For more information about Jake Owen, please visit www.jakeowen.net