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Damn right, former X-Factor's Jason Owen loves this gig

Jason Owen, 2012 X-Factor runner-up in Rockhampton to promote his new single. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Jason Owen, 2012 X-Factor runner-up in Rockhampton to promote his new single. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill

TRAVELLING towns and cities all over to promote his new single Damn Right, Jason Owen knows what it takes to make it in the music industry.

And with a lot of hard work and dedication over the past two years since leaving X-Factor Australia, where he made it through to the finals as runner-up to Samantha Jade, Jason hasn't stopped since.

Dropping into The Bully's office on Tuesday, Pulse caught up with the gifted country/rock singer as he makes his way around the country with his cousin and guitarist, Ash Young.

"It's been fantastic," he said of the experience so far, only a week into his East Coast promo performance road-trip, with a further month to go.

"We've been to Cairns, Emerald, Charters Towers, Townsville, Mackay, Airlie Beach and more. And now we're on our way to Bundaberg."

His single Damn Right, released last week is sitting on the iTunes Country charts at number three, ahead of his second album, out in February next year.

NEW RELEASE

The single, Damn Right is now available for download on iTunes.

"Because there's been no real prior promotion for this single we were saying, 'you know, it would be great if it gets in the top 45', so it's such a spin out that it's sitting at number three, it exceeded our expectations," Jason said.

"And I have a really strong fan base, so people have really got behind it and supported me, but I'm really excited to get it out there for people to hear."

Finding his feet as a recording and touring artist, Jason entered the studio in March this year to record his follow-up album, again with hit producer Bry Jones.

The album was recorded between Nashville and Sydney and features the cream of musicians from both countries. Jason said with each album, he hopes to bring more originals into the mix.

"As soon I heard a rough demo of Damn Right, I knew it was the perfect original and wanted to record it for the album," Jason said.

"The album is much more up-tempo and fun than the first with an almost rockabilly feel to it in some parts. It's about feeling good and enjoying life and I've been a fan of the artist's that I've covered so my heart and soul of appreciation as a fan is in there too."

Topics:  itunes, jason owen, music, xfactor



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