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Jake Owen wants to be "Alone with You" at the Washington State Fair

The Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist Jake Owen is bringing his hits “Alone with You” and “The One That Got Away” to the Washington State Fair for a Sept. 24 show.

Tickets — $70, $56, and $45 with reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission — go on sale at 10 a.m Saturday. You can find them at the fair’s website or at 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair’s box office at 9th Ave SW in Puyallup, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A $2 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Here’s more on Jake Owen from the announcement:

Jake Owen was raised in the coastal town of Vero Beach, FL. He and his fraternal twin Jarrod grew up in the sand and surf. Both boys attended Florida State. That’s where music became Owen’s true focus.

He suffered a severe shoulder injury while wake boarding. This ended his days on the university’s golf team. During his recuperation, his left arm was in a sling. Owen realized that even with his arm in a sling, he could hold a guitar so he started playing guitar and writing songs.

After his recovery, Owen became a regular club entertainer. He quit college just shy of graduation to make his pilgrimage to Music City. Then he was catapulted into the country-music spotlight.

In 2005, Owen went from performing in Florida bars to moving to Nashville and within months he had a Music Row song-publishing contract. Less than a year later, he was signed by RCA Records and was on the charts with his first two singles, “Yee Haw” and “Startin’ with Me.” He went from being a speck in a stadium crowd at a Kenny Chesney concert to opening shows for the superstar. Then Brad Paisley took him on the road as Owen scored his third hit, 2007’s “Something About a Woman.”

In 2008, Owen opened shows for Sugarland. His revival of “Life in a Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him Grammy and CMA Award nominations. Owen was named 2009’s Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.

By 2011, Keith Urban asked Jake to be his touring partner on the Get Closer 2011 World Tour. Since the release of his 2011 watershed album Barefoot Blue Jean Night – which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and delivered four consecutive No. 1 singles: the double platinum title track and the platinum “Alone with You,” and the gold-certified “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You” – Owen has been riding high.

There was a downside to his good fortune. Because of being so suddenly thrust into the spotlight on the road, Owen never really got to know the Nashville country community. Because he wrote his own songs, he knew only a handful of the hundreds of gifted song craftspeople in Music City. So in making his third album, he addressed the missing parts of his “Nashville education.” Owen had co-written nearly all the songs on his first two records. For his third, he reached out into a songwriting community he had never tapped.

In total, Owen has released four albums, the most current being Days of Gold. He also released an EP, Endless Summer. For more information, visit: JakeOwen.net.

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