USF professor Chuck Owen is nominated for 2 Grammy Awards

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USF Professor Chuck Owen is nominated for two Grammy awards



Tampa, FL - The biggest night in music is only days away and a Bay area man has a shot at bringing home two Grammy Awards. 

We're all used to seeing the big names take the stage at the Grammys, but Tampa talent Chuck Owen is a name you may not be as familiar with.

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"It's always great to hear, but you never think it's going to actually happen," said Owen. 

But it did happen. Chuck is up for not one but two Grammy Awards: best instrumental composition with his song "Bound Away" and Best Instrumental arrangement "A Ridge Away," both nominations are from his latest album "River Runs."

The longtime professor decided to take a break from USF back in 2010 and used the sabbatical to complete the album, but said that he never knew it would lead to such a high honor.

"I'm always hopeful there's an audience for it," said Owen.  "I don't really think in these terms."

Win or lose, the jazz composer admits that it sounds cliché but said that he's honored to be nominated.

"It truly truly is, winning would be icing on the cake," said Owen. 

Owen will travel to Los Angeles with his family Friday morning. He is looking forward to sharing new memories with the people he cherishes most. 

The 56th annual Grammy Awards on CBS will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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