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East Texan Competes In Nashville Star Contest

He's been on Star Search, national talk shows, and opened for likes of Texas Country greats, Darrell Dodd, Gary Stewart, and Aaron Watson.

19-year-old Josh Owen of Chandler has been in the limelight almost his whole life.

"I've been singing since I was three and I've been playing since I was about 10. I don't really know where my love of music comes from except from God. He kind of gave me the gift. It's something I've been doing forever, it's the only thing I enjoy doing," says Josh.

Soon his love for music may pay off big in the next few months.

"I've entered in Nashville Star. It's kind of like a country American Idol."

He's already competed in Chicago against a crowd of more than 7,500 hopefulls from all over the nation. Out of those, Josh was one of the 75 finalists that competed at the next level.

Now, it's a waiting game to see if he made it as a top 10 finalist who will perform on the nationally sindicated show.

"Just the publicity of being on the show alone would give me better gigs, more shows a bigger audience. I can't even fathom it right now. A friend of mine told me getting on this show is kind of like cutting out three years of touring and playing 150 gigs," says Josh.

You may remember Miranda Lambert, another East Texan who was a finalist on Nashville Star, she now has a record deal.

Josh says he hopes to find that same success from the show.

"Even if you don't get the first spot. You know, Miranda Lambert, she didn't win and she's putting out an album right now."

Even if he doesn't make the top 10 cut, Josh says there's nothing he'd rather do with his life than make music.

"It's really incomparable. There's no other time when you're in front of a big crowd who just wants to hear your art. That's what I want the most is for anybody to be able to talk about Josh Owen, and know who he is."

In just a few months, you can see if Josh made the cut to the top 10 on the Nashville Star show. The first episode airs March 1st on the USA network.

For more information about Josh, click on the Know More on 7 icon for a link to his web site.

Reporting: Braid Sharp bsharp@kltv.com

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