Jake Owen’s Proposal Included a Christmas Tree Lot and Chick-fil-A

Jake Owen is sharing the sweet details behind his recent engagement to Erica Hartlein.


Lauren Jo Black

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December 5, 2020


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Jake Owen and Erica Hartlein engaged

Jake Owen planned the ultimate proposal for Erica Hartlein.

After revealing that he popped the question on Monday evening, the country hitmaker is now sharing the significance behind their proposal spot and even divulged how they celebrated their engagement.

“5 years ago we went and got our first Christmas Tree together….at this same spot..This year, I asked her if she’d like to get Christmas Trees every year for the rest of our lives,” Owen wrote on social media alongside several photos of their engagement. “Our little Paris was there to witness the complete surprise. So much of a surprise, Erica didn’t have her nails done..(yes, I now know that’s big deal I guess 💅🏼)”

Owen shared that his soon-to-be bride said “yes” as snow sprinkled down around them and that they celebrated with a trip to her favorite restaurant, Chick-fil-A.

“She was successful not getting Polynesian Sauce on that bling,” he quipped, adding, “Life is good. I love you Erica.”


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Jake Owen and Erica Hartlein are parents to Paris Hartley, who was born in April of 2019.

The couple initially met while Owen was shopping at one of Nashville’s most sought after furniture stores.

“She was an interior designer at Restoration Hardware, and I was buying a couch or something at the time,” Owen once shared during an appearance on the All Our Favorite People podcast. “I remember it was after I was divorced, and I remember looking at her. I was just intrigued by how beautiful she was and how she was holding court in that store that day and telling people what they needed to do. I was like ‘Wow, she’s got a lot going for her. She’s confident.’

“But I never actually ever said anything to her about it – it was flirtatious until it was a few weeks after that,” he added. “It was after she was helping me. I was in the store, and I said ‘Hey, you wanna get a beer sometime? I don’t know if that’s professional enough to ask because you’ve only helped me in a professional way, but I figured if I didn’t ask you for beer, I’d never know if you would wanna go get one.’ She was like, ‘Sure, let’s go.’ So, we went to the Red Pony in Franklin.”

Erica, Paris, and Owen’s daughter Pearl from his previous marriage, star in his just-released music video for his latest single, “Made For You.” Watch it HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.