Taylor Swift Eras Tour: Owenn Talks Opening, Rihanna

Eras Tour opener Christian Owens, who goes by the phase title Owenn, suggests he was in the recording studio “in the womb.”

Granted, his mother was a Sony-signed artist and portion of the 1990s team Lyric. Presented his mother’s background, tunes was normally close to him.

Owenn spoke with Range more than Zoom in his hotel space getting just arrived in Chicago for his 2nd prevent on Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour. His future day is jam-packed, starting off at 7 a.m. and ending with his effectiveness on Soldier Area.

The singer describes the 1st night time of doing on the tour as “electrifying” as he appears to be forward to producing his display even better with his remaining stops.

Owenn is a legitimate multi-hyphenate whose credits prolong much further than singing and the Eras Tour he truly commenced in dance. From getting a foot in the industry’s doorway with Diddy’s “Hello Superior Morning” functionality on “American Idol” in 2010 to dancing alongside Normani in her tune “Motivation” (2019) to starring as Swift’s lover in “Lover” (2019), Owenn now credits much of his occupation to his existence-prolonged enjoy of songs that stemmed from rising up in a songs studio.

Owenn’s huge split came in signing up for Rihanna’s “Loud” tour as a teenager in 2011: “It was 1 of those huge opportunities… I went on tour, and then I just by no means really stopped.”

Since his to start with tour with Rihanna, he has also danced and choreographed for stars this kind of as Beyoncé (which includes the “Lemonade” visible album film and the iconic 2018 Coachella “Homecoming” overall performance), Miley Cyrus, Girl Gaga, Lil Nas X, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, Megan Thee Stallion and, of training course, Swift.

Owenn’s romance with Swift began as a dancer on her 1989 tour.

“I essentially auditioned for Taylor in 2015. I consider I was variety like 500,” he says. “I experienced arrive from these kinds of a unique track record of additional hip-hop… I just went forward, and they minimize people today spherical following spherical, and I was like amount 12. I was like, ‘Okay, great.’ And then Taylor walks in and she hand-picked us… She was quite wonderful to all the dancers and dealt with us genuinely properly. We all bonded on that tour.”

Owenn rejoined Swift for her “Reputation” tour in 2018, the place his dancing was specifically highlighted as the major person in the tune “King of My Coronary heart.”

In 2019, Swift’s workforce achieved out to offer you him the “Lover” new music movie gig (“I just seem so distinct now. Like my hair’s so very long,” he jokes). That songs movie now plays just before Swift’s Eras Tour.

“I went to the live performance one of the evenings in Jersey, and I was ready to walk around and look at the exhibit. And it was amazing simply because I would see [“Lover”] on the display screen, and I was walking by, and no person understood,” Owenn suggests. “It was awesome to be 1 of those people men and women that could just basically check out and love.”

As Owenn began to launch his singing career, Swift also assisted him indication his initial key record deal with Republic Documents in 2021. “She’s constantly been that driving force and a supporter,” he states. The singer is now signed to AE Information, which is a division of Atlantis Amusement.

In a “crazy change of events” in November 2022, Owenn was introduced as aspect of her exceptional list of Eras Tour openers that contains Paramore, Muna, Gracie Abrams, Phoebe Bridgers, Female in Red, Haim, Beabadoobee, Gayle and the most recent addition Sabrina Carpenter.

Born and raised in New York Metropolis, Owenn’s dance occupation begun when he moved to Atlanta all-around age 13. Operating mostly in hip-hop, he credits the Monsters Dance hip-hop conventions wherever he took lessons from the industry’s best choreographers such as Janet Jackson’s and Britney Spears’ (and he returned to the conference in 2022 as a musical performer). At 17, he wound up in Los Angeles and pursued dance.

Right after acquiring proven himself as a powerhouse in the new music industry’s dance scene, he showed his one “Luv” — which was produced in February 2023 — to his mentor Nuno Bettencourt from the rock band Excessive (and Atlantis Leisure CEO and co-founder), immediately after holding it in his back pocket due to the fact touring with Rihanna. “I enjoy dance so considerably, and I could usually sing well. My mother would try out to get me to sing all the time, and I did not. I experienced to do it on my personal in essence,” he suggests.

His audio attracts from his inspiration Prince, as nicely as Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, Aerosmith and Kiss, and his are living performances are unmistakably improved by his dancing ability.

Now with 4 singles — “Baby Girl” (and its remix), “Rest of My Lifetime,” “Show Me” and “Luv” — he is set to drop his most recent “Dark Side of the Moon” on June 16, which acclaimed songwriter and producer Rob Grimaldi helped generate. “I’ve been recording a full bunch of new things and striving to capitalize on my new era fundamentally,” Owenn suggests. The singer claims the new one “felt great to launch the new side of me. Continue to rock, continue to electric powered guitars, however a very little grungy, but also on the much more pop facet.”

“I want to be inside of the songs and have to be, but I think that dancing certainly served with that musical side of me hearing specific items and hearing specified beats,” Owenn claims. “Obviously dancing is incredibly rhythmic. And I believe singing could be like that too…My cadence may well be distinct on some notes because I listen to something otherwise in the audio.”

Formally introducing his music persona with his debut European pageant tour this past summer season, the singer landed at the Paris Lollapalooza primary phase. Afterwards in 2022, he also opened two of Lil Nas X’s “Long Are living Montero” displays (a tour wherever he also choreographed quantities) and was slated as an Eras Tour opener for 2023.

Regardless of his burgeoning new music profession, Owenn however struggles with currently being taken critically as a singer coming from the dance realm. “The transition is challenging,” he suggests. “Especially from turning out to be a dancer and now carrying out music. I’m like, ‘Yo, I’m truly an artist,’ and they are like, ‘Oh, you are a dancer.’ It is just balancing that and remaining that genuine artist and receiving men and women to see that — it’s a job within just alone. But it’s definitely one thing where you just have to hold pushing, retain likely and keep believing in yourself…It makes for a superior tale, and it can make for a good backbone, setting up that callus.”

The most important lesson he has discovered from operating with so several stars is that “preparation meets chance,” he says, which he has carried into his Eras Tour stint.

Owenn does not intend on ditching his dance qualifications as his music occupation takes off, on the other hand. “That’s anything which is inside of of me and a little something that is a part of my arsenal as a performer,” he says.

Seeking ahead a handful of many years, Owenn states he hopes to dive head-to start with into his songs, and that it helps make an influence on its listeners. “I pray that I’m mentally delighted and robust. And I pray that I have succeeded in inspiring and sharing great songs and producing men and women come to feel great or creating people really feel feelings from my songs, and having that leap with all my fans,” he states. “Just seriously generating historical past.”