It’s not that tough to picture a 24-year-old Jake Owen signing his very first major label record deal. Because now, 11 years later, he still has such a young vibe about him.
However, in an Instagram message posted Sunday (Sept. 25), Owen had the wisdom of a man twice his age when he talked about all the dreams he’s achieved so far and the ones he’s still chasing.
Runnin down a dream… today marks 11 years to the day that I signed my RCA record deal. I've made so many friends, fans, memories.. I'm still grinding. I'm still fighting. I still have goals that I haven't achieved. I have people that have helped me along the way who have also given me 11 years of their life. We are just getting started. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. This life has brought me many lifelong gifts, and it's also taken so much away from me. It's an addiction. It's in my blood. 📷 Cred: @theeando
The first album he’d go on to release was Startin’ With Me, which came out just five months after singing that deal. The debut single “Yee Haw,” that Owen wrote with Casey Beathard and Kendal Marvel, made it into the Top 20 on the country charts. Not bad for a rookie.
In a similar post on Twitter, Owen said he was proud and thankful, and “still a kid chasing a dream.”