Not-so-young gun enjoys spotlight

ANIKA VAN WYK

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

"Good things come to those who wait" is an adage Jamie Warren knows well.

The 35-year-old country star has been in the music industry for almost 20 years and even had a hit single in 1983.

Ironically, when Warren rolls into town Monday, he is starring in The Young Guns of Country show at Cowboys, which also includes Kevin Sharp and Chris Cummings.

So how does this veteran musician and father of two feel about being dubbed a Young Gun?

"Am I supposed to babysit the young guys?

"What I want to know is: Do they even shave yet?" asks Warren with a good-natured laugh.

He's not bitter; he's just pleased his rock-flavored country has finally came into vogue.

"(The industry) said what I was doing was too rock for country and too country for rock," says Warren.

With the current popularity of New Country, Warren's music has found its place.

His album Fallen Angel has produced the hits Watching Her Sleep, Ready to Run and What Goes Around Comes Around.

"When I was 25, I would have given anything for success like this.

"Now I appreciate it, but I wouldn't have given everything to get it."

The Ontario native also finds coping with success much easier with a few years under his belt.

"It's grounding to have a family. It also helps your self-confidence," says Warren, the father of a seven-year-old daughter and a 19-month-old son.

Family has proved to be a good source of inspiration for the songwriter; his daughter Kaitlin, for instance, prompted him to write Watching Her Sleep.

"It was a double inspiration -- my daughter and my wife," he says.

"At first the song came from watching Katie sleeping, but when I finished I realized it was also about my wife."

While Kaitlin has been her father's inspiration as well as his fan --"she likes to play my tape in the car" -- the youngster also keeps him humble.

"A year ago, she admitted I was just about as good as Jason McCoy," chuckles Warren, referring to another fresh-faced Canadian country singer.

Warren hopes to have a new CD out by fall or late summer.

He's currently busy writing but admits being in the business for all these years gives him an edge.

"That's the cool thing ... I have a stockpile of songs that didn't make the first album, but will make this one."


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