Jake Owen loves Florida; Davie girl chosen to play Annie in national tour

LIFE’S A BEACH asked Beachin singer and Vero Beach native Jake Owen to share the five places he’d rather be at any given moment, and his top pick is right here in Florida on the Treasure Coast. His hometown pf Vero Beach will always be No. 1: “It’s where all my coastal-living ways and beach ideas come from because that’s how I grew up,” he tells the site. “I literally grew up on the beach every day. I just like my feet in the sand.” Owen also still visits his grandparents’ home in Winterhaven.


Leapin’ lizards! It’s no Hard Knock Life for Issie Swickle. The 9-year-old, who attends Fox Trail Elementary School in Davie, has been chosen as the lead little orphan in Annie in the production’s national tour. Issie, who has performed with Broadway Kids Studio and Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts, will be front and center singing her heart out in the show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 7-19. The search for a star was featured on Monday night’s episode of Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act.

We can’t wait to hear the Plantation native pipe out beloved classics like You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, and, heck, even Tomorrow.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 5:; 954-462-0222.


NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd (Killian Senior High, Class of 1990) is reportedly set to take over as host of NBC public affairs program Meet the Press, reports. Todd would replace David Gregory, who is likely to leave the network.