Jake Owen was Nervous to Reach Out to Mellancamp

Published On July 18, 2018 | By Cheryl Johnstone | Country Music News

Jake Owen’s latest hit, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” borrows a page from John Mellencamp’s 1982 classic hit “Jack & Diane,” so it was only appropriate that Jake and his team reach out to John when they got ready to release the song.

Jake says he breathed quite a sigh of relief when he got the stamp of approval from the iconic rocker.

“It was his whole camp and they were supportive of it. Obviously he’s got songwriting credits on the song because he wrote the original ‘Jack & Diane’ completely by himself so we obviously give him full credit on the melodic structure of the song, but I’ll be honest, if I told you I wasn’t nervous about getting his approval I’d be lying to you because who wouldn’t be to present a song that’s re-written of a classic . . . to him especially, but he and his crew were a hundred percent on board. They said, ‘We’re really excited about this and we’re flattered so go ahead with it.'”

“I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” is the debut release from Jake’s upcoming 6th studio album.

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