HipLatina recently spoke with Nashville singer, songwriter, and Beach Whiskey partner Jake Owen to hear a little bit about the fresh new music off his fifth studio album, his upcoming radio singles, and what inspires him most these days. Here is that conversation.
HipLatina: First of all, thanks for taking some time for HipLatina. We also want to congratulate you on your sixth number one single with “American Country Love Song”—what an honor!
Nashville seems a long way from the beach. We love how your new album, American Love, reflects the carefree aspects of the beach lifestyle. What inspired you to create the particular sound on this album?
Jake Owen: I grew up on the beach, boating and in the water in Florida. American Love has a fun, relaxed vibe and really represents me. I like to have a good time and make people smile. The music seems to be resonating with my fans.
HL: You lead with radio play with the single “American Country Love Song.” What can we expect from the rest of the album?
JO: The next single that will be on the radio is “If He Ain’t Gonna Love You”–which is a song co-written by the amazing Chris Stapleton, Luke Laird, and my producer Shane McAnally. Stapleton is singing his ass off on this song with me and I’m stoked to hear it on the radio.
HL: We have seen more and more Latinos crossing over to the contemporary country music scene. Have you noticed changes in the landscape of your audience in the past few years, since the presence of millennials has been felt?
JO: Definitely! I spend a lot of time meeting my fans and I have noticed more and more diversity. That’s the beautiful thing about music: it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, if the music speaks to you, that’s all that matters.
We always finish our Q & A with the topics from our tagline: Her Interest – Her Lifestyle – Her Inspiration. Even though you’re not a lady, we’d love to hear about your interests, your lifestyle, and what inspires you.
JO: Interest—wake surfing
JO: Lifestyle—I love anything involving water. That’s why Beach Whiskey was such a natural for me—it just fits my lifestyle.
JO: Inspiration—My daughter Pearl. She is the light of my life and inspires me to be the best person I can be every day.