Shane Owens musical journey began in Samson, AL, at the tender age of five. That year his parents gave him a set of drums. By the time he was six, he was singing in the church choir. The youngest member of the choir garnered attention with his powerful voice, especially when he sang his favorites hymns, like “I’ll Fly Away”.
Owens was still quite young when his father, who was also a singer, and his mother separated. After the separation, Owens and his twin sister, lived with their mother who filled their home with the sounds of Nashville. Saturday nights around the Owens’ home centered on the broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry. Country was a way of life and country music was central to it all. Artists such as Don Williams, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs could often be heard in their house, but it was George Jones, Don Williams and George Strait who would later become most influential in Owens’ style.
As a teenager, sports and other school activities took up most of the teenager’s time. After he graduated high school in 1990, he once again turned his focus back to music. Owens began taking guitar lessons from the highly acclaimed Shelly Commander. Recognizing Owens’ talent, Commander put Owens to work, playing in his band on the weekends. The band’s line-up changed several times, however Owens always remained a member.
In 1995, and again in 1996, Owens won the Jimmy Dean Country Showdown State Competition in AL. He advanced as far the national semi-finals. Owens also went out on his own for the first time in 1996, opening for Confederate Railroad at the Civic Center in Ozark, AL. Shortly after, he married his wife, Lisa. He and Lisa are still married and raising their two sons.
In 2005 Owens was signed to a recording contract with Rust Records, where he released his first CD “Let’s Get On It”. The singer also claimed songwriting credit by writing 7 of the 13 songs himself. Owens gained national exposure as an artist when his song, Bottom of the Fifth, found its way onto the country Charts. Riding the success from his single, Owens set out touring the United States and Canada. As Owens prepared to release his second CD, Rust Records closed its doors, releasing all of their artists from their recording contracts.
From then until now, Owens has never stopped performing, often packing venues to full capacity. In March of 2014, Owens was finally able to release his second album, Homemade Mexico, to a crowd consisting of nearly 1000 of his closest friends, family and fans.
Over the course of his career, Owens has shared the stage with many of country music’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. At this time in his life, Owens feels good about the direction he is moving in. With a professional group of musicians behind him, the singer/songwriter plans to keep making music and moving forward.