Jake Owen Reveals Inspiration Behind New Single 'Real Life'

(Radio.com) Summer may be coming to a close, but boating will always have an important place in Jake Owen's life. The singer's current single "Real Life" is all about staying true to things that ground you, and for Owen, one of those things is boats.

Jake recently sat down with Radio.com and discussed his lifetime of passion for being on the water. "From the time that I was a kid, I was always out on a boat."

"I got a 13 ft Boston Whaler when I was 13. My dad got it for my brother and I for Christmas. I tell people this a lot: my dad kind of set us free, got us a boat, showed us how to use it. I'd come home from school [and take the boat out]. Or, sometimes before school in the morning, at like 6 o'clock in the morning, I'd go out and just ride around. I only had a six gallon gas tank, but I'd just go ride around the Intracoastal [Waterway] and the river and there was something kind of freeing about that. The breeze blowing in your face, early in the morning when the water was just like glass."

"Just something about that every day just made me feel good. Plus I felt like being a 13-year-old kid and being able to just go wherever you wanted to go on the river kind of felt like having a car and being able to drive wherever you want."

"And, it made me feel good my dad trusted [me with the] responsibility, and I think starting at a young age like that on a boat is what kind of made me, for the rest of my life, love boating so much. I'll get my daughter into boating at a young age and it's just something that just kind of a really big part of my life."

When Owen got a record deal one of his first major purchases was a boat of his own. Read about that here.

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