Jake Owen Celebrates Pride Month With Cher Cover [WATCH]
Jake Owen and his band leader Lukas Bracewell shared a message of love and acceptance on Tuesday (June 25) via Instagram, with a countrified rehash of Cher's "Believe." The duo replace the 1998 hit's autotuned vocals and dance beats with acoustic guitar and banjo accompaniment, creating a campfire singalong vibe.
“I believe #loveislove,” Owen wrote. “Some of my closest friends and coworkers, are part of the #lgbt community and I couldn’t be more happy for the progress they have made. I’m inspired by people loving people no matter who you are. I BELIEVE the world needs more love. No matter where it comes from. So with that said, I googled 'gayest' songs of all time and the boys and I decided to put our country spin on Cher’s 'Believe.' Hope you dig. I plan on releasing all of these backstage random songs we’ve created very very soon. Stay tuned friends, and most importantly, love everyone.”
Owen's cover has met some resistance online, with one commenter stating that she "felt sick" to have tickets for one of the singer's upcoming concerts. This gave Owen a chance to practice the love he preaches and kill a dissenting take with kindness.
"I'm sorry you feel sick that you have tickets to my show Thursday night," Owen wrote. "Maybe it would do you good to come out, smile, laugh, sing a long with a bunch of strangers that are all going through what we call 'life.' I definitely didn’t delete your comment or anyone’s comment from this feed. It’s really only you and few other ignorant people that make yourself look silly."
Owen then offered the woman a free meet-and-greet. "If you make it out to my show, come give me a hug," said the singer. "You need one. If you decide not to come, trust me... we will all be okay. We like to share our shows with people that are kind, and loving."
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