Jake Owen Reveals Kenny Chesney Cut A Song He Wrote

“To get a call from a guy like Kenny Chesney that I didn’t even send the song to nor expect…It’s pretty cool,” he shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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July 21, 2023


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Jake Owen ; Photo by Reid Yarberry, Kenny Chesney; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for dcp

Jake Owen recently opened up about the time he got a call from the one and only, Kenny Chesney, who let him know that he would be recording one of his songs.

While Owen is known for being credited as a talented songwriter, he’s recently found a true sense of enjoyment from cutting outside songs from other songwriters, which has also added a certain level of confidence to his career. In fact, the country star’s most recent albumLoose Cannon, features a total of 16 tracks and he didn’t have a hand in writing any of them. 

During a recent interview with the Amazon Music podcast, Country Heat Weekly, Jake Owen discussed this project by sharing his appreciation for Nashville songwriters. Along the way, he recalled a moment when he found himself on the other side of the ropes. 

The Florida native revealed that he was acknowledged for his songwriting by Chesney, an acclaimed country star who has served as a longtime friend and mentor of Owen. 

“About a year and a half ago, and over Covid, I wrote a song. I won’t tell you the title of it, but I just wrote the song…I didn’t remember it and then all of a sudden, one day, my phone rang and it was Kenny [Chesney]…Kenny’s my friend and he was like, ‘yo, dude, I just recorded your song.’ And I was like, ‘what song? What are you talking about?’ And he told me the song and I thought about how funny that is because I’m a fan of so many other people as songwriters, I don’t put enough emphasis on myself,” he admitted. 

“Maybe it’s because I just think that I’ve enjoyed finding those other songs, but to get a call from a guy like Kenny Chesney that I didn’t even send the song to nor expect…” he continued. “I wouldn’t pitch it to him. Like I don’t record my own songs, but Kenny Chesney’s gonna record one of ’em? It’s pretty cool.”

Jake Owen and Kenny Chesney have a long history or working together on the road. The first time he joined the “American Kids” singer was on his 2006 Road and The Radio Tour, when he served as an opener for the opener.

At the time, Owen was still at the start of his career and focused on growing a fanbase with the help of his two singles, “Yee Haw” and “Startin’ With Me.” He went on to join Chesney for two more tours and each time earned more and more time on stage as he gained more recognition from the crowd. 

“The first time I played for Kenny, I only had about 20 minutes. The second time, in 2012, I had a little more. Now I have a whole hour,” Owen shared with CMT in 2015.

Jake Owen, Kenny Chesney; Photo Courtesy Instagram
Jake Owen, Kenny Chesney; Photo Courtesy Instagram

He went on to explain that as a result of their days on the road together, the pair developed a “genuine friendship” outside of the business side of things, and he was “flattered” to be asked back for three different runs. 

 “Even if I wasn’t on tour with him, there have been times when I’ve called him to ask him for a piece of advice,” Owen shared. “Kenny has nothing to gain or lose by giving me advice, so he’s always honest with me. I admire that about him. So saying yes to this tour was the easiest decision I ever made.”

Now that the “Beachin’” singer is well-established in his own career, he’s been able to embark on several headlining tours of his own. His next trek, which is named after his new Loose Cannon albumis set to kick off September 7 in Cleveland, OH. 

Owen is preparing to hit the road for a 12-date run will bring a bit of sunshine nationwide with support from Tyler Booth, and Mississippi-born sibling trio, Daves Highway.

In addition to his headlining dates, Owen will perform at a slew of fairs and festivals throughout the summer including Boots & Brews Country Music Festival, Cattaraugus County Fair, Voices of America Country Music Festival, Lasso Festival and more. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.