Owen Plant

Owen Plant

BandPopAcoustic

"If Bob Marley and James Taylor had a son, he would look nothing like this guy, but he might sound like him. A Jamaican kid raised in California, he can’t help but draw gorgeous melodies that defy categorization." -Derrick Ashong, GOOD Magazine

Biography

Owen Plant is a Jamaican-born acoustic troubadour currently based in California. Owen Plant’s music features songwriting reminiscent of an introspective 70s singer/songwriter, set against a rich and vibrant Caribbean landscape. Owen’s strong vocals hark back to the emotional depth of Cat Stevens and the soulful passion of Bob Marley. Other influences, such as Paul Simon, Beck, Sting, and Jack Johnson, round out a sound that can be pensive, socially-conscious, entertaining, and compelling.

Another major contribution to Owen Plant’s rich sound is his experience growing up in Jamaica, where he toured around the country playing traditional Jamaican folk and American pop songs. These travels laid the foundation for music that celebrates diverse instrumentation, language, and rhythm. Owen’s music also draws great strength from a troubled past—experiences which are now channeled into a songwriting catharsis. Owen Plant’s poignant lyrics and heartfelt poetry express human suffering but also embrace hope and redemption.

Since departing frontman duties for Boston-based Shake Senora in 2001, Owen has released four albums as a solo artist. He is currently collaborating on an upcoming band project with features noted TV and movie composer Christopher Tyng (The OC, Rescue Me, Futurama) called The Sunshine Brothers. The Sunshine Brothers will release their self-titled feel-good album in the summer of 2007.

While performing across the U.S., Europe, and Canada, Owen Plant has shared stages with artists such as Ellis Paul, Livingston Taylor, The Tom Tom Club, Antigone Rising, and Jonathan Edwards. He has played at clubs like The House of Blues, as well as colleges and cafes around the U.S. Owen is a mainstay at Club Passim, Cambridge's legendary folk venue that was instrumental in the careers of icons like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

Owen Plant is a member of the elite street-performing program at Faneuil Hall, one of Boston's most famous attractions. Owen is also very proud of his affiliation with The Boston/NYC Improbable Players, an acting troupe that educates young people about drugs and alcohol. He is currently in the process of developing a similar organization on the West Coast that will feature his musical as well as dramatic abilities.

"Owen is a talented and engaging man. He's wonderful on stage and really connects with an audience." - Livingston Taylor, Singer/Songwriter and mentor to many aspiring artists

"If Bob Marley and James Taylor had a son, he would look nothing like this guy, but he might sound like him. A Jamaican kid raised in California, he can’t help but draw gorgeous melodies that defy categorization." -Derrick Ashong, GOOD Magazine

"Owen's music comes from a special place deep within him... it's not defined by boundaries and rules that limit and hold down most songwriters. His music is a joy to hear, his spirit great to be around."
- Ralph Jaccodine, Manager of artists like Ellis Paul and Antje Duvekot

"Owen Plant stands apart from the crowd. In a world where so many want to sound like someone else, Owen stays true to his own sound - and a great sound it is!"
- Matt Smith, Manager of the legendary Club Passim

"I admire Owen’s honesty and sincerity - he's driven but not self-promoting, an artist not an entertainer, but he is entertaining! Where an entertainer is simply an act, someone who is entertaining is himself. Everywhere Owen goes people want him to return. His music helps you feel and experience life in a different way... very emotional and heartwarming."
- Tim Collins, former Manager of acts such as Aeorosmith, Jonathan Edwards and Eddie Brakel

Lyrics

Freedom Was

Written By: Owen Plant

Don't want to think about you trying
Then kneeling at the alter
Of our past to grieve the lie
I'm poisoned by this
Image of a life
With someone else holding you
Saying it's alright
Time won you over too

Freedom was, and now it's gone away
Tears did fall, they fell down from your face

Well I'm thinking 'bout you now
Drivin' round with my brother
Don't know that he understands how hard it is to let you go
Got a pen in my hand
Think I'll move it to the other
Don't know what I'm gonna write, only hope it pulls me closer to you

Freedom was, and now it's gone away
Tears did fall, they fell down from your face

But that was a long time ago
When your eyes were on me and we weren't on this telephone
Saying it is better now that we are on our own
Tell you now that cuts me straight down to the bone
Even though I said it with you

Freedom was, and now it's gone away
Tears did fall, they fell down from your face

This is the One

Written By: Owen Plant

This is the one
This is the one
This is the one day you can't get me to run

Won't be moved along
I'm here to finish what I came to do
Today I can't be dissuaded
I can't be put down
Fire your warning shot
Across my bow
I don't see the danger where you want me to
And I don't see how you can unseat my resolve

This is the one. Yah the one
This is the one. The one
This is the one day you can't get me to run

Used to bow down
In my own home
You are the ruler of a doomed dominion
That I must dethrone
Didn't used to feel a part of it
So I let you run the show
Now this is the one, the one day you can't get me to run
No no!

This is the one. Yah the one
This is the one. The one
This is the one day you can't get me to run

Learned along the way
I can never win
Love and understanding
Patience wearing thin
Slapped me in the face
And now you're the victim
There's something wrong here

Grandfather Clocks

Written By: Owen Plant

Grandfather clocks
Time in two beats
Why am I alone father?
Why must I be quiet and discreet?
Burn with tempered heat?
Children are at play and I want to be with them in the streets
Hey there big man framed in teh clouds
I am tired of how strong and proud you are
turning way
turning 'round when i ask you what it's all about

Walking back and forth
To and fro
I believe that's from teh book of Jobe
Pacing like a lyon
Defending my pride
Don't look too long upon me
Don't cross the line
Don't cross the line!

I am a siren calling from the deep
Begging for mercy to stand me on my feet
I come to share a song
One minute on the waves then gone
Sailors pay me with their lives
I put these pennies in the jar
And I know that they want to meet with me
And though there's so much tradjedy
In the method that they chose
Still feel it's better that we not meet on the floor

Spheres are buzzin' with a sound
Rattlin' roolin' and the source can't be found
Just underneath
Just out of reach
Stop watching T.V. Listen!
Stop tapping your feet
If we concentrate I'm sure we can find the cause of uneasiness in this heart of mine
Turning away from father time with one word on my lips and that word is "why"

Shida

Written By: Owen Plant

my visit is a gift
most miss the calling
my whisper is so slight
to hear it is hard
um here's another chance
wind's changed its flowing
one jump to jump this fence you built roun the yard
with no sound I made my exit you turned your head too long

I put my faith in you
now night is falling
and so I search for you inside my yard
I've seen you here before
oh thankful feeling
oh God I pray that you let peace come
with no sound you made your exit I turned my head too long

Shida
Inke Inghe eka ono
Bekeh eba
Ewo min towobo
shida in kebu Inghe eka ono
numo
chua!
Amanaba

Handed another day
mind and heart are warring
one has a lot to say the other is calm
the final outcome lies with you this I'm hoping
oh God I pray that you let peace come
with no sound you made your exit I turned my head too long

Shida
Inke Inghe eka ono
Bekeh eba
Ewo min towobo
shida in kebu Inghe eka ono
numo
chua!
Amanaba

Shida

Written By: Owen Plant

my visit is a gift
most miss the calling
my whisper is so slight
to hear it is hard
um here's another chance
wind's changed its flowing
one jump to jump this fence you built roun the yard
with no sound I made my exit you turned your head too long

I put my faith in you
now night is falling
and so I search for you inside my yard
I've seen you here before
oh thankful feeling
oh God I pray that you let peace come
with no sound you made your exit I turned my head too long

Shida
Inke Inghe eka ono
Bekeh eba
Ewo min towobo
shida in kebu Inghe eka ono
numo
chua!
Amanaba

Handed another day
mind and heart are warring
one has a lot to say the other is calm
the final outcome lies with you this I'm hoping
oh God I pray that you let peace come
with no sound you made your exit I turned my head too long

Shida
Inke Inghe eka ono
Bekeh eba
Ewo min towobo
shida in kebu Inghe eka ono
numo
chua!
Amanaba

Discography

"We All" (October, 2007)
Remastered songs and unreleased material. Creative 22 Records.

"Shida"
Full-length (Summer, 2007)

"Rock Just a Little."
Full-length. (Summer, 2005)

"Back on Earth - Live at Club Passim."
Full-length. (Spring, 2003)

"This is the One"
7-song EP. (Spring, 2002)

"For the Likes of a Commoner"
LP recorded with the band Shake Senora (2000)

Set List

Though I am an original artist, I enjoy playing songs by artists I admire. The orignal/cover ratio depends on the venue and set length.
covers include:
Bob Marley - Redemption Song, No Woman No Cry, One Love
Norah Jones - Seven Years
The Beatles - Black Bird, Hide Your Love Away, Let it Be (if piano)
John Lennon - Imagine (if piano)
Simon and Garfunkel - April Come She Will
Paul Simon - Peace like a river
Woody Guthrie - I Ain't Got No Home
Indigo Girls - Closer to Fine