Jake Owen, Songwriters Celebrate No. 1 with “I was Jack (You Were Diane)”

(L to R): Beth Brinker (ASCAP), Jody Stephens, Craig Wiseman, Tommy Cecil, Jake Owen and David Lee. Photo: Preshias Harris

Jake Owen’s NUMBER ONE Party for “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” had the CMA Special events room packed with music industry execs, songwriters, publishers, agents, radio promotion people, managers, special guests, family and friends. They were all celebrating Jake’s 7th number one song and his first single released on Big Loud Records. The songwriters being honored were DavidRay, Tommy Cecil, Jody Stevens, Craig Wiseman, and John Mellencamp, along with producer Joey Moi. The party was co-hosted by ASCAP and BMI.

Kicking off the kudos was David Preston from Artist/WriterRelations at BMI. David is always very praising of BMI’s songwriters and their co-writers. This party was no exception.

After giving his accolades for the BMI writers, David introduced his “co-host” Beth Brinker from ASCAP’s Artist/Writer’s relations.She is just a bubbly ray of sunshine beaming from the stage. She also had kind words for all the writers and bragged on David Lee as it was hit first cut and his first number one, since making Nashville his home in 2013.

Amazing 350 cuts for Craig Wiseman

Pictured, Top Row (L-R): Round Hill’s MarkBrown, Big Loud’s Seth England, ASCAP’s Beth Brinker, Sony ATV’s Tom Luteran, BMI’s David Preston, Big Loud Records’ Clay Hunnicutt and Joey Moi. Bottom Row(L-R): ASCAP songwriters David Ray and Craig Wiseman, BMI songwriters JakeOwen, Tommy Cecil and Jody Stevens, and Missi Gallimore. Photo: Ed Rode

Then it was Craig Wiseman’s turn.  I thought to myself, I knew he was an AMAZING WRITER and in the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame (2015), but I didn’t realize he had 350 cuts, 125 singles and 27 Number one singles!!  Oh, I almost forgot… In 2009, he was namedNSAI’s Songwriter of the Decade, then in 2014, he won the Heritage Award fromASCAP as the most performed country songwriter of the century. ASCAP named himSongwriter of the Year 2003, 2005 & 2007.

With all the songwriters on stage, (except John Mellencamp) it was ALL smiles across the stage with Jody Stevens, Craig Wiseman, Tommy Cecil,Jake Owen and David Ray and producer Joey Moi. The song echoes the feelings ofJohn Mellencamp’s 1982 hit, “Jack and Diane.” Prior to release, Jake secured Mellencamp’s agreement to incorporate elements of the original song and Mellencamp receives a writer’s credit.

The best part was seeing everyone sincerely excited for Jake. He really is a super nice guy.

Jake has also been added to the lineup for Luke Bryan’s “CRASH MY PLAYA – 5TH YEAR FIESTA,” that is set for Wednesday January 23rd through Saturday, January 26th, 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

FYI: Jake and his girlfriend Erica Hartlein prepares to welcome another daughter in late spring/early summer 2019.

More info on Jake Owen, including tour info, at his website https://jakeowen.net  and Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/jakeowen/

Preshias Harris  is a music journalist and music career development consultant with the emphasis on new and aspiring artists and songwriters. Her book, ‘The College of Songology 101: The Singer/Songwriter’s Need to Know Reference Handbook’ is available at   www.collegeofsongology.com   Follow her blog at  www.nashvillemusicline.com

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