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Jay Owens

Jay Owens (Isaac Jerome Owens) was born September 6, 1947 in Lake City, Florida, United States.

Owens played alongside his friend, Johnny Kay, in the 1970s and 1980s, leading a succession of bands playing in the Tampa Bay and St. Petersberg area of Florida. In such a role he supported many other musicians such as O. V. Wright, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Aaron Neville and Little Milton.

Atlantic Records' new Blues imprint Code Blue signed Owens after his debut album was released in the United Kingdom in 1992. The album, "The Blues And Soul Of Jay Owens", was produced by Mike Vernon.  It won Living Blues magazine's "Best Blues Album" and "Best Debut Album" awards. In 1995, Code Blue issued "Movin' On", which did garner the same acclaim and attention of the debut LP. Owens quickly fell in obscurity. In 1997, Owens moved to Orlando, Florida after spending twenty years in New York City and died at his home in Orlando, at the age of 58, from complications of diabetes in November 2005.

Album Discography

"The Blues And Soul Of" (Indigo 1992/Code Blue 1994)

Come On To My House
Stepping Stone
Bottom Line
Chasing My Dreams
Lake City, FLA
Wishing Well
Back Row
Why You Treat Me This Way?
Can't Do The Same Thing Again
Crosstown Love
Missing You Blues
My Kind Of Woman
We're Human

"Movin' On" (Code Blue 1995)  

Movin' On 4:19
Who Is In Control 4:28
Workin' Man 4:14
I'm Gone 5:16
Don't Make Me Wait 5:20
Gonna Send For My Baby 3:00
Caught In My Woman's Change 4:52
I'm Addicted To You 4:19
I Heard You Love The Blues 2:56
Hurry Home 3:39
Don't Walk Away 3:40
Where There's Love 4:34

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