September 9 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hello! My name is Owen. I am a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from a small mountain town in Washington state.
My involvement in music started early, primarily as a coping mechanism from losing my hair (Alopecia Areata) at age 9 as well as several traumatic losses of classmates in school. Making music has always been therapeutic for me.
I got a formal education in percussion and eventually moved to Los Angeles to continue drumming professionally – an exciting culture shock from my rural upbringing in the North Cascades. In 2002 I started branching out from my drumming career and began teaching myself guitar, setting a goal to make my own recordings at home and play all the parts of the music I was creating. I fell in love with this process and it became the ultimate creative expression for me. Influence from my childhood cassette tape of Waylon & Willie was still surfacing. Hundreds of “throw-away” songs later, more life happened and what I wrote about deepened
In 2020 I was seeing a great therapist, processing much of my past loss and trauma and within a few months, I had written a handful of songs I was finally really proud of. I began making plans for a real album to let out into the world, thus embarking on a solo career as a singer-songwriter.
I spent the summer of 2021 playing my new material all over Eastern Washington and had the profound experience of witnessing people connect with it. Whether it is a personal connection to my lyrics or a nostalgic memory from hearing me sing a classic country, rock or folk song, it is an absolute honor to make music that not only feeds my soul, but connects people in a time when division is rampant.