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Randy Owen Shares Autobiography Goals
Randy admits he had more than one goal in writing his memoirs. The singer tells Nashville's "Tennessean" newspaper that with "Born Country" he didn't just want to share his life story with fans, but also serve as a role model for children growing up in the rural South. He explains he wanted to show that, quote, "it's OK to be from a farm family. It's OK to be brought up in the country, it's cool to raise vegetables, it's cool to raise cattle, and it's cool to drive a pickup truck." Owen says he also hopes to send the message to those kids that their options aren't limited by their upbringing, and they can, quote, "still get a college education and at the same time be a country boy or a country girl and be proud of who you are."

"Born Country" explores Owen's climb from the son of a share cropper and a life of extreme poverty to becoming a member of Alabama, as well as his efforts to balance the needs in his personal life and the demands of being in one of the best-known bands in country music. The book, as well as Owen's debut solo album, "One On One," are in stores now.