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Discover Boating® Joins Chart-Topping Country Star Jake Owen to Inspire Fans to Experience Life on the Water
“Stories of Discovery” Campaign Brings Owen’s and Other Real Boaters’ Stories to Life
CHICAGO (April 10, 2014) – Discover Boating announced today it will join chart-topping country artist Jake Owen for his nationwide 2014 “Days of Gold” tour as presenting sponsor to inspire his millions of fans and concertgoers to discover life on the water. A lifelong boater, Owen will share stories of how boating creates unique connections, freedom and fun in his life and music, unlike anything he’s ever experienced on land. His boating stories will be featured throughout his eight-month tour, and as part of Discover Boating’s new 2014 “Stories of Discovery” campaign.
Launching later this month, the “Stories of Discovery” campaign shares real boaters’ inspiring stories of their life on the water through documentary-style videos. The videos, and other special insights from behind the scenes of these boaters’ lives, will be featured throughout the campaign across advertising, social media and PR, helping introduce more people to the benefits of boating. As a high-profile country music star, Owen’s story will support the campaign with nationwide awareness.
“Jake Owen’s lifelong love for boating and being on the water is brought to life in a big way in his music, which attracts young, country music fans across the country,” said Carl Blackwell, president of Discover Boating. “What’s more, we know that country music and our target audience go hand-in-hand, making joining the Days of Gold tour a natural fit for Discover Boating. Beyond being a country music star, Jake is a husband, father, and active boater and angler who grew up in Florida exploring its waterways—he’s relatable to the American boater and potential boater. Not only does his music convey the fun of boating, but his tour setup even mimics the look of a boat dock along the water, creating a feeling of summer boating fun at each of his shows.”
“Growing up on the water, boating has always been a part of my life,” said Owen. “I can’t think of anything better than floating down the water, drinking a cold beverage and hanging with your friends. On this tour, I wanted everyone to feel that ‘by the river’ vibe, and having Discover Boating as part of the action every night is amazing.”
Each of Owen’s shows, taking place in boating-centric markets nationwide from March through October, feature large video screens with footage of him boating, as well as special Discover Boating videos. The in-show video screens will also incorporate interactive social media elements that will encourage his fans to share their boating stories and join the “Stories of Discovery” fun on Discover Boating’s Facebook page and To further share the boating lifestyle from coast-to-coast, Discover Boating will also be featured in all Days of Gold tour elements including signage, television, radio and online advertising, PR, and social media, as well as his tour trucks that will cross the country throughout the tour. 
Click here for a message from Jake Owen to the recreational boating industry and here for more on his love for boating. To learn more about the Days of Gold tour, visit
About Discover Boating 
Discover Boating is a national boating awareness campaign developed by the North American recreational boating industry to help get people on the water. Discover Boating programs focus on the boating experience and building interest in recreational boating by providing a resource for Americans to explore the benefits, accessibility and fun of the boating lifestyle. To find out more, visit   

About Jake Owen
Since releasing the chart-topping, GOLD-certified album, BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, Jake Owen has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the multi-week chart-toppers; the DOUBLE-PLATINUM title track, PLATINUM “Alone with You,” and GOLD-certified hits “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You.” Poised to follow the success is Jake’s latest album DAYS OF GOLD featuring the hit title track and current single “Beachin’.” His energetic live show and captivating songs have landed him coveted opening slots with Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw. His major nationwide headline run—JAKE OWEN’S DAYS OF GOLD TOUR 2014—kicked off in March and will cover 75-plus cities. The Vero Beach, Fla., native first captured the national spotlight with his hits “Startin’ with Me,” “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” and “Eight Second Ride.” The 2009 Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist’s revival of “Life in a Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him Grammy and CMA Award nominations. 
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