Australian Jake Owen fan Shelly was expecting a “concert call” from fan club members attending Jake’s show in Akron, Ohio, Tuesday night but got more than she was even hoping for when her friends put the singer on the phone to chat.
The friends have been rallying around their Down Under sister Shelly since she told fan club members that she’s battling breast cancer. The fans have donated to an Australian Breast Cancer charity, chat with her online and on the phone, and of course send her well wishes and prayers. (See Jake Owen Supporting Special Fan During Breast Cancer Awareness Month for more.)
Fan club member Tiffany wanted to give help her Aussie sister experience a Jake Owen concert live, so she worked with Shelly’s local friends to coordinate a concert call, which came at 7 a.m. local time in Australia. (A “concert call” is when friends call each other from live shows to share the music with those who can’t attend.)
But Tiffany was hoping for more when she drove the 5½ hours from her home in Kentucky to the show at Tangier in Akron, Ohio, a benefit for the local Muffins for Mammograms charity. She handed over her cell phone and its international calling card to fan club member Linda, who had a meet and greet pass for the show, and asked Linda to put Jake on the phone to Shelly.
Thankfully, Tiffany was quickly called backstage to participate in the call. She was the only one who knew what to do when the call was dropped! She says Jake couldn’t have been more enthusiastic or gracious about reaching out to his special fan. “Jake was so excited. When we asked him he said yes, I want to talk to her,” Tiffany reports.
Shelly apparently didn’t believe she was actually talking to Jake and quizzed him before accepting that it was really him. The fans gathered backstage during the call gave Jake some privacy to chat, but report that Shelly has Jake rolling with laughter, just as they expected she would.
Shelly’s friend Amber posted a thank you to Tiffany on Shelly’s Twitter account. “AMBER here, just spoke to Shell & she just wanted to thank u all for her chance to have a long chat with jake, she is still gobsmacked.”
Tiffany (pictured in the photo on the right, with Jake and fan Kathy) doesn’t want to take any credit for Shelly’s surprise. “Everybody at the concert made it a very special call—the staff at the venue, Jake’s manager, the fans. It wasn’t interrupted, it wasn’t rushed, everyone there made it possible,” she says. “I’m still amazed. I can’t believe we pulled it off.”
Tiffany spoke with Jake after the concert to thank him, and instead, she says, he thanked her for coordinating the call. “It blessed my heart to talk to her,” Tiffany reports Jake told her.
“Jake is just such a special person,” Tiffany adds.
Oh, and Shelly also got her concert call. Tiffany kept her on the phone for the entire show.