New Randy Owen single to benefit St. Jude

    “Braid My Hair,” the new country single from Randy Owen, will not only serve to launch the country music legend’s solo career, but will help children in the fight against childhood cancer.

    That’s because 100 percent of the song’s publishing royalties are being donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by Owen and songwriters Chris Gray and Brent Wilson. The single will hit radio stations in late January.

    In addition, you can support St. Jude by purchasing a digital download of Owen's new single. Using the media player above, you can hear the single and then purchase a copy for $1.99. Fifty-cents of the purchase price will go to St. Jude. In addition, you will receive a free "Braid My Hair" ringtone and $1.00 off of the purchase of Randy's upcoming album release "One On One."

    The song is the first single for Gray and Wilson and reflects Gray’s experience as a teacher in a children’s hospital, helping kids keep up with schoolwork while they underwent treatment for cancer and other conditions. Gray often witnessed the side effects of chemotherapy and knew kids – especially girls – wanted to be able to braid their hair again.

    “The song is so real,” Owen said, “and I’ve seen this lived out time and time again with the kids at St. Jude. It’s an incredible story done in song.”

    The song will be featured on Owen’s debut solo album, titled One on One, and will hit stores this spring on the newly-formed DMP Records. Owen and his 10-piece band will hit the road later this month for a tour that will extend into the fall.

    Owen has long been a supporter of St. Jude, helping to found the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon program which to date has raised more than $315 million for St. Jude. In 2007, the Thomas family honored Owen with its prestigious Founder’s Award.

    January 2008