Alabama’s Randy Owen Recognized for Appalachian Contributions

Randy Owen, Alabama’s longtime lead vocalist, was presented a humanitarian award on Friday (April 17) in Fort Payne, Ala., for his extensive charitable work in the Appalachian region. For 16 years, Alabama hosted June Jam in Ft. Payne to raise money for a variety of local charities. The inaugural award was presented to Owen on behalf of the Appalachian Regional Commission. “While we have given to many worthwhile organizations over the years, I am most proud of the scholarships that many kids of the Appalachia region have received. Many of these students could have fallen through the cracks. I am proud to have been a part of enriching their lives,” Owen said. “The June Jam is one of numerous efforts I am proud to have been a part of. I grew up here, and these people are just like me.”