- Last Updated on 07:32 AM 08/19/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Former Halifax County resident Rayvon Owen will perform the National Anthem on Sunday in Los Angeles at the L.A. Dodgers’ baseball game.
Owen grew up in the Hyco community and attended grade school in Halifax County. He is the grandson of the late Leon and Lucille Fitzgerald and the late Mary Owen.
According to his cousin and personal assistant Patsy Edmonds, Owen has dreamed of a life dedicated to a music career since he was a young boy.
“When people meet Rayvon Owen, the first thing they notice is his warm smile and gracious personality. These are qualities that also carry over into his music. Rayvon’s goal is to inspire his listeners with an upbeat positive message,” Edmonds said.
Owen began his music career at a very young age singing in choirs and touring with artists such as Damon Little.
The former county resident has made a name for himself in the greater Nashville area by performing around town at events such as Musicians Corner, Belmont University’s “Christian” and “Commercial” Showcases, and he has even won Belmont’s Urban Pop Showcase.
Currently living in Los Angeles, after graduating in June from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., the new R&B/pop singer and songwriter is ready to share his gift of music with the world, Edmonds said.
Owen’s influences include the legendary, international icon Lionel Richie and other R&B/pop stars such as Eric Benet, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and John Legend.
“Owen has a voice that can be described as smooth, sexy and one of a kind,” Edmonds said.
According to the personal assistant, Owen recently had his first Los Angeles appearance at the House of Blues and received rave reviews for his performance.
Attending the event were celebrities such as Dr. Drew and his wife, Susan Pinsky, former U.S. Olympic and Gold Medalist Tai Babilonia and family members and friends of Lionel Richie, Edmonds said.
“His newest single ‘Already Gone’ has received the attention of all audiences as it has a true pop and R&B sound which appeals to both old and young,” she said.
Currently, Rayvon is writing new material for his college tour, which began earlier this month with local appearances to be announced soon.