|Birth name||Virginia Leigh Owens|
|Born||April 22, 1975|
|Origin||Jackson, Mississippi, United States|
|Occupations||singer, songwriter, philanthropist|
|Labels||Rocketown (1999-2007), Soul Stride/EMI Gospel (2011-present)|
Virginia "Ginny" Leigh Owens (born April 22, 1975) is a blind Contemporary Christian music singer/songwriter. Owens had three albums chart on Billboard albums charts in the late 1990s and 2000s. She is best known for the song "If You Want me To".
Owens was born in Jackson, Mississippi, with poor eyesight and has been blind since the age of two. She earned her bachelor of music education in 1997 from Belmont University, but found that most people were skeptical about hiring a blind music teacher. She entered the music business by writing songs for Michael Puryear's Final Four Publishing, which led to a number of labels competing for her, before she chose Rocketown Records. She concentrated in singing and songwriting and began making CDs, and has been producing them since 1999 with Rocketown Records, a label under Michael W. Smith. Owens won the Nashville "Lilith Fair '99 Talent Search", which earned her a spot singing at that year's festival, and the following year performed at the Sundance Film Festival.
Her music has been featured on television shows, such as Roswell and Felicity. Owens has also received three Dove awards, including New Artist of the Year (2000) and Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year (2001) for "Blessed" with Rachael Lampa and Cindy Morgan.
In 2005, Owens started a non-profit organization called the Fingerprint Initiative. The organization has worked in conjunction with other groups, such as Compassion International, International Justice Mission, and Habitat for Humanity. Owens was featured on national television, including NBC's Today Show and CNN, for her contribution to help rebuild New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Owens has just recently released her new album, " Get In, I'm Driving".
- Without Condition · 1999
- Something More · 2002
- Blueprint (EP) · 2002
- Beautiful · 2004
- Live From New Orleans · 2005
- Long Way Home · 2005
- If You Want Me To: The Best of Ginny Owens · 2006
- Bring Us Peace · 2006
- Ephemera (EP) · 2008
- Say Amen · 2009
- Ephemera (EP) · 2010 ("Second Ephemera")
- Get In, I'm Driving · 2011
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- Burnett, Robyn (2002). Crash Into Me: The World of Roswell. ECW Press. p. 166. ISBN 1-55022-539-1.
- "Dove Awards History Artist".
- "Ginny Owens Founds Humanitarian Organization". CMSpin. May 18, 2005.
- Hunsberger, Maryann B. "She's Cool with Discomfort". Christianity Today.
- "Flood Prevention; Leaving Fingerprints; Congressman Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribes". CNN. November 28, 2005.
- Official Site
- The Fingerprint Initiative
- Thought Quotient - Interview with Ginny Owens
- Ginny on MySpace