After much anticipation, Jake Owen has released his fifth full-length studio album, American Love. Heading into the release, the Florida native had a Top 10 hit with the lead single “American Country Love Song.” To celebrate the new project, Owen is sending a new version of the summer anthem to country radio with a familiar voice in the background, a voice that belongs to none other than Ronnie Dunn.
“When I listen to this track, I can’t help but grin from ear to ear,” Owen explained. “I was lucky enough to go on tour with Brooks & Dunn early in my career. I would sit out on the lawn of the amphitheaters and listen to their sound check every day. To have Ronnie’s voice on a song with me is a dream come true. I have always been such a fan and when I first heard ‘American Country Love Song,’ it reminded me of the Brooks & Dunn song ‘Only In America.’”
The singer knew he had to take a shot and hope Dunn would agree to appear on the track.
“I sent the song to Ronnie and asked him if he would sing on it with me. When I received an email back from him saying that he really liked the song and would send the track back to me with his vocal, I was like a kid on Christmas morning waiting with anticipation. And man, did he nail it! I still can’t believe it. I can’t wait to hear what people think about it.”
Having Ronnie Dunn’s voice wasn’t the only thing powerful about the new album for Owen.
“I spent a lot of time making sure that this album is full of songs that I think will make people smile and that I want to sing every night,” added Owen. “Unexpectedly, this recurring theme of love kept showing up even though I was experiencing some of the toughest times of my life while making this record. I took that as a sign to never give up on love. Love heals. Music heals. We all need to share some American Love right now in this country. I’m praying for better times for all of us.”
American Love is available for purchase now. The lead single “American Country Love Song” is currently sitting in the Top 8 on the Billboard Country Airplay & Country Aircheck’s Mediabase charts.