When an estimated 103.4 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, they were greeted with a special kick-off song/video called “The Champion” at the top of the telecast. It featured Grammy-award winning singers Carrie Underwood and Ludacris.
What many Vandalia residents may not have known is a Vandalia native can be heard playing his guitar during the tune that will also be played during this week’s start of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Caleb “Bones” Owens, the son of Tony and Brenda Owens, of Vandalia, is the guitarist featured in the song that is currently No. 1 on iTunes.
“I regularly collaborate with Jim Jonsin, the Grammy award-winning producer who was asked to produce ‘The Champion,’” Bones Owens told “The Vandalia Leader” through his mother Brenda. “One day several months ago, he invited me over to the studio and said he was working on a top secret project for the Super Bowl and Olympics, and wanted me to record the guitars. I, of course, said yes, recorded the guitar parts that day. Within a couple of weeks, Carrie (Underwood) and Ludacris had added their vocals and the song is now No. 1 worldwide across all genres and platforms online.”
The song was written by Underwood and Ludacris alongside Brett James and Chris DeStefano.
When not playing guitar for a worldwide hit, “Bones” Owens is writing new songs almost daily. He collaborates with other artists and is signed with Combustion Publishing. “Bones” Owens can also be followed on Instagram and Twitter.