Jake Owen: My Girls Make Me a Better Man

03/27/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Jake Owen PEOPLE Country
Erin Patrice O’Brien

In the course of a year, Jake Owen went from being one of country music’s hottest bachelors to popping the question, getting hitched on the beach and welcoming daughter Olive Pearl to the world.

It’s no wonder that when the musician — who first met wife Lacey on the set his “Eight Second Ride” video in 2009 and fell for her during the “Barefoot Bluejean Night” shoot two years later — is enjoying some precious home time, he likes to live life nice and slow.

Owen loves bath time, and carrying Pearl around with him as he putters around the secluded house in the woods west of Nashville that the couple bought last year.

“My favorite time is the morning. Lacey nurses her and all three of us just lie there in bed together. It’s like being in our own little cocoon — it’s hard to leave that comfort zone,” says Owen, 31, currently on the road with Jason Aldean‘s Night Train tour.

“I’m building a bus with a built-in baby bunk so they’ll be able to come out with me.”

The new ride will also have a kegerator: “Daddy works hard and needs his beer!” he says with a laugh. But late-night parties are a thing of the past for Owen.

“I was given such a great gift. It’s a miracle that never stops amazing me and reminding me to give thanks, every day,” he says. “Having a wife and daughter gives me a lot more purpose. I was much more selfish before, but now I think about what kind of role model I’ll be. I just want to be a better man.”

For more from the interview and additional photos, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE Country, on newsstands Friday.

– Kay West

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Charli on

They seem like a wonderful famly.

Lisa D on

Beautiful family! Love Jake’s music, and wish him continued success both professionally and personally.

Amber on

Jason Aldean should take a few pointers from this wonderful husband and father!

Cheryl on

It’s amazing that he’s not related to the Wilson brothers. He looks just like Luke Wilson!

Caro c on

I agree Cheryl!!!

Nancy on

Be a better man and cut that hair! You look like an idiot!

Jessica on

It’s his hair and it doesn’t effect you so why do you care? Why ruin this beautiful story with such a rude comment? I guess you weren’t taught if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!!

Jessica on

Jake is such a cool, down-to-earth guy and fatherhood looks great on him! I’ve never seen him happier! Such a beautiful family!

Just Me on

Go wax your mustache Nancy, you look like an idiot.

Emily on

I’m not a fan of country music and I’m only familiar with Jake Owen via People, but this guy sounds really down-to-earth. I like him. Beautiful family!

MomSF on

Love the baby girl’s full head of hair…so adorable:-)

Margo on

Aw, Pearl is adorable–look at all that hair on her little head!

They seem like a very nice family.

Anonymous on

AWWW! He sounds like a great dad! I wonder why he has to build a “baby bunk” on the bus in order for Lacey and Pearl to come with him. Couldn’t they just bring a pack ‘n play along and have her sleep in that?

debbiie on

Nancy ur not a very nice person u need to leave Jake alone he has become a better person for real.

dk on

Thanks for the laugh Nancy!

MR on

Nancy I bet your jealous because he has better hair than you….congrats to the family a baby is always a time of joy.

Chloe on

I love his hair, I think he is gorgeous. Gorgeous family, down to earth attitude. Best of luck in your career! Sounds like he has his head on his shoulders!

chaotte on

Love his hair

itznia on

Dude – cut your hair!!!!

Anonymous on

Nancy– what a mean comment!

Tonya on

JAKE IS MY FAV COUNTRY ARTIST AND I WAS BLESSED ENOUGH TO MEET HIM LAST YEAR…SO HAPPY HE HAS BERN BLESSED WITH SUCH AN AMAZING WIFE AND A PERFECT BABY GIRL! IAM GETTING READY TO MARRY OFF MY BABY GIRL JAKE, SHEW, IT ONLY GETS HARDER MY FRIEND!! THEY ONLY BREAK YOUR HEART MORE BUT IN A BETTER WAY AND MAKE YOU PROUD AS YOU WATCH THEM GROW UP INTO THEIR OWN PERSON. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND YOU CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR FANS YOUR AMAZING, SEXY SOUND !! THANK YOU & FAN FOR LIFE SWEET T

Debs on

This man is so hot!!

Congrats to this beautiful and happy family!

Hooty on

Very nice to hear a man speak about these things. Best to them.

Bree on

Awwww!!

My daughter had hair like that when she was born and then around 3 months it started to fall out and came back blond and wavy. Although my guess is that Pearl will not have the same fate and is always going to have thick beautiful dark hair like her Mommy and Daddy :)

Jake seems like such an awesome down-to-earth guy and is clearly loving being a husband and father, always great to see :)

And as for his hair, I happen to like long hair on men and clearly his wife does too which really is all that matters!! (His wife’s opinion, not mine!!)

Nancy on

He still looks like an idiot with that hair. I guess you didn’t change my opinion, did you? Or maybe I just don’t give a crap what you say? Yeah, I vote for the second one.

Melissa on

Nancy, you sound like a real bitch. How sad to live life as such a negative person.

I love this photo – what a cute family. I had the chance to meet Jake a few months back and he’s wonderfully done to earth. Glad to see his star is rising.

Buffettgirl on

@Nancy – Does being negative make you feel better about life? He may look like an idiot in your eyes, OK, so be it. You however, have confirmed that you are an imbecile by being so nasty. It’s hair, it’s a personal choice and thankfully not up to you to decide how he wears it. Get over yourself, and get therapy for that hostile streak you have going…

Anonymous on

Beautiful baby, beautiful family. I wish you happiness and love always…. I hope you stay true to your words Jake… “A better man”….. Don’t break your wife’s heart…. marriage is for life. It’s never “greener on the other side”… when you have your family’s love… there’s nothing else that will compare. Never give up your family….. all the best to you and your family.

Vroxx on

They are one of my favorite couples! Congrats! What a beautiful family. I have a kegerator also, gotta have my cold ones too!

kim on

i thought that was luke wilson w long hair, at 1st glance….

kim on

@nancy, how old are you anyways? 11? do us all a favor and go grab a go-gurt, finish your homeowork, and stay off the internet.

Nancy on

Like I care what you people think? I’m entitled to MY OPINION! Besides, anyone who listens to country music is an inbred low class piece of trailer trash.

kim on

@ nancy, so i take it you listen to country music??

Nancy on

Kim – And how do your comments make you any better?

Just Me on

Nancy, Nancy, Nancy, did you forget your meds again dear boy? Be a good boy and take off Mommie’s panties, stop surfing the internet (you know it’s not good for someone with your affliction), take your meds with some warm milk…then go play in traffic.

Anonymous on

Okay, I agree that Nancy’s comments were a bit uncalled for (saying that you don’t like long hair on men is one thing, saying that men who have long hair look like idiots is another!).

But so are all the comments calling her names, making mean assumptions about her age, what she’s like in real life, etc.! Two wrongs don’t make a right!

Moanamama on

Love ya Love ya Love Jake!!! Your family is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love that your a humble family man!! Can’t wait to see you for the 6th time when you finally come to my town in July!!!

Sh on

Awwwwwww

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