A wakeboarding accident was one of the best things to ever happen to Joshua "Jake" Owen. In college, the daredevil was planning for a golf career, but after a serious spill on the water he found himself off the team and out of ideas — until he picked up the guitar. Inspired by the sounds of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, Owen taught himself to play, eventually writing his own songs and gigging a few nights a week at the local bars peppering his idyllic hometown of Vero Beach, Florida. He then moved to Nashville, almost immediately scored a deal with RCA, changed his name to Jake and began work on Startin' With Me. Four records later, he has multiple Top 20 hits – and a set of the industry's most recognizable brows.