Happy first birthday to little Miss Olive Pearl Owen! It was exactly one year ago Friday (Nov. 22) -- on Thanksgiving, no less -- that Jake Owen and his wife Lacey welcomed their baby girl to the world. And, wow, has it been quite a ride for one of country's newest and cutest families.
Owen enjoyed many professional milestones in 2013, but the most memorable times were the family moments as he and Lacey treasured their child's first year of life. And despite the pressures of working on a new album and opening one of country's biggest tours for Jason Aldean, Owen managed to find time to enjoy all those moments with his wife and daughter.
There will apparently be no huge birthday party Friday. Instead, it will be a day where the family of three takes time to continue to bond in a way only the tightest families can. That's what Owen told me when I sat down with him recently to talk about life and his baby girl's big day.
He said the advice to keep the birthday celebration small and intimate actually came from Faith Hill.
"She told us that last year when we were out on the road with Kenny Chesney and Tim," Owen recalls. "She's like, 'If I can give you any piece of advice during these first years of her life, spend a lot of time with just the three of you and not everyone. Those are the times you remember because it will fly by.' And she's right. The time that we get to spend together is pretty awesome."
I'm sure every year feels like THE year that you've got the most to be thankful for if you're a celebrity. There are always more fans, more music and hopefully, more awards taking up space on your trophy shelf.
In the new country special issue of People magazine, the country artists we know and love count their blessings out loud.
Like Brad Paisley, who is grateful to be able to be generous. He spent time this year in Haiti, and since then he has given a portion of his ticket sales to Live Beyond, a group that helps bring water, medical care and support to families and orphans. "It's given me a perspective you can't get in America because we're so spoiled," he said. "You're left with two feelings: What I did was nowhere near enough, and what if I did nothing? Any little thing you do is a start. It's addictive."
Same with Blake Shelton. He's thankful he could give his time, talent and treasure when the tornadoes hit Oklahoma so hard. "So many people were left with nothing, and all I can wish for is that we gave those affected some strength knowing that they had friends who wanted to help them rebuild their lives, and that they were loved, and life would go on."
Luke Bryan feels blessed this year not just because of his big award show wins, but because of the emotions that come with them. He told People that after being named the ACM entertainer of the year, he cried for an hour with his family. "There's been three times in our life where we were that emotional: my brother's death, my sister's death and that night. It was so fun to have the joyous emotion."
Jake Owen says it's the substance in his life he feels most grateful for. And her name is Pearl. "You can chase the dream all you want, you can make as much money as you want, but if you don't have anyone to share it with, you're not quite as far along as you thought. I guess I have a lot more substance in my life now."
Taylor Swift always seems grateful, this time of year or any time of year. But 2013, specifically, has her feeling blessed with the time she spent on her tour. "I watch video back of the shows and the crowds, and I get so nostalgic. The fans put so much effort into being there. Almost everyone dressed up or brought signs or memorized all the words to every song. That was the biggest blessing, to have all those fans show up to see you sing your songs and sing along with you."
For Darius Rucker, it's all about the kids. Not just his own, but the ones in Charleston, S.C., who have disabilities. He plays for those kids and has become an advocate for them. "To see kids who can't speak, or who can't get their arms up, just light up when you sing a song ... it's the greatest gift. They just want to be happy, and playing for them gives me the greatest feeling I could ever ask for."
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The first time Florida Georgia Line's hit single "Cruise" reached the coveted Number One spot on the Billboard Country charts it was just before Christmas in 2012. It stayed there for 3 weeks until it it sllipped to #2 behind "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift. But, one week later, "Cruise" reclaimed the top spot and stayed there for two more weeks. Then it dropped back to the middle of the pack.
Niow, amazingly, three months later, the song is back at Number One for a third time! Not only that, but they've also got another hit single in the Top Ten--"Get Your Shine On." Congrats to Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard on their awesome accomplishment.
Here's the rest of the Top Ten for the week of April 20th.
With Valentine's Day upon us, Country Weekly magazine published what they consider the top 10 couples in Country Music. It comes as no surprise that the coveted number one position was given to George Strait and his lovely wife Norma who celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on December 4th. That's quite an achievement for any marriage much less a show biz husband and wife. Check out which couples round out the top 10.
2. Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman
3.Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
4. Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
5.Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
6. shawna and Keifer Thompson
7.Alan and Denise Jackson
8. Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley
9.Jake and Lacey Owen
10. Luke and Caroline Bryan