Perhaps most well-known for his work as the lead singer of the band Alabama, country artist Randy Owen was born in December of 1949 in Fort Payne, Alabama. With his cousins Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook, Owen started the band Wildcountry, which later moved on to become Alabama. After twenty-one gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, more than forty Number One singles and over seventy-three million records sold, on top of a variety of awards and recognitions with Alabama, Owen began his solo career.
In November of 2008, Owen released his first solo album, One on One. The album reached the Top 20 in the U.S. Country charts, as well as Number Five on the U.S. Indie charts. He is currently working on his second album, Friends. Owen has also released three singles, two of which have peaked within the Top 50. “Braid My Hair” and “Like I Never Broke Her Heart” were released in 2008; “Holding Everything” was released the next year, as a duet with Megan Mullins.
Owen has worked as a judge on the show Nashville Star during its fifth season and, in 2012, began working as the host of Country Gold on Dial Global. He is also involved heavily in charity, especially with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, for which he has established “Country Cares for St. Jude Kids.” This annual radiothon raises money for cancer research and has raised more than $345 million for the hospital. Owen was awarded with the Michael F. Tamer Award by St. Jude’s for his continued support of the cause.