17 August 1961, USA. A long time collaborator with Mr. Fingers in Fingers Inc, Owens provided the vocal for early house classics like Washing Machine and Music Takes Me Up. He also sang on classics including Frankie Knuckles Tears and (uncredited) on the Bobby Konders production, Jus Friends As One. The UK's Muzik magazine has called his the greatest voice in dance music while Mixmag has commented that it is the voice of house music. Owens is a rare gift. Owens grew up, inspired by Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle and others, with a church choir background, going on to sing in several bands. As a youth he travelled between his Los Angeles-based mother and Chicago-stabled father, where he was first introduced to house music. Ironically his first experience of a warehouse party left him overpowered, and he left after 15 minutes. He would later watch the assembled masses...