David Owen grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and, as a young teenager began listening to Robert Johnson records. Seeing John Hammond live reinforced the viability of the music he had come to love and, while still in his teens David became involved in the Ottawa blues scene.
He moved to Toronto in 1983 with the ambition to become a respected musician. Knowing that good things take time, David began as a dishwasher at Hernando’s Hideaway, moved up to become a cook, then kitchen supervisor. After work David was honing his performing skills by playing regular gigs at places such as Fat Albert’s.
During the ‘80s, David was making a name for himself on the Toronto blues scene, opening for artists such as Paul James, Jack DeKeyser, Downchild Blues Band and Dave Van Ronk at venues that included legendary blues clubs, Hotel Isabella, Albert’s Hall and the Diamond club. He was also featured during the Harbourfront blues festival and the Mariposa festival.
In ‘89 he left the music business to pursue his entrepreneurial skills and started Grassroots Advertising. It has since become Canada’s largest and most successful wildposting company and continues to operate - now with David’s sister at the helm. The lure of the music scene became too strong and, in 2002, after 13 years David returned to fulfilling his creative side and first love - music.
Over the past couple of years David has enjoyed opening for the Sidemen, Walter Wolfman Washington, Sue Foley, Downchild Blues Band, John Mooney, Toni Lynn Washington and blues legends James Cotton and Bobby"Blue"Bland.
Now, in 2003 David Owen is back in full force, ready to share the stage with the best of the rest. He is a dynamic, high-energy Blues performer, who plays and sings in the style of 1930’s songsters like Son House, Willie McTell, Blind Boy Fuller and Robert Johnson.
David’s goal is to become a recognized blues entity and, from there, to explore other musical styles. A prolific writer, he is moving ahead and picking material for his second recording. The only thing we know is that he will be collecting Writer’s Royalties on this next project! Although he loves his solo/acoustic career he is exploring the possibility of putting a band together at some point.
When asked why he picked these songs, David said, "Returning to music after so many years, I felt I should begin at the beginning and record the music that started me down my musical road. It’s that simple."
Red Hot Kisses is available on line at www.DavidOwen.ca., through Indiepool and at select music stores.