American Idol Season 14 alum Rayvon Owen and Postmodern Jukebox have teamed up again for a soulful reinterpretation of one of this summer’s biggest hits.
The Idol favorite — who joined PMJ earlier this year for a cover of R. Kelly‘s “Ignition” — is taking fans to church by adding a gospel flavor to “Don’t Let Me Down,” by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya. “Although the original version of this song has a contemporary dance club feel, the lyrics are evocative of classic soul ballads and Gospel songs from many years ago,” writes PMJ leader Scott Bradlee on the band’s website. “Our Postmodern Jukebox version builds on that lyrical connection.”
The track — which showcases Owen’s warm baritone and expressive phrasings — is accentuated by Maiya Sykes and Tickwanya Jones on harmony, as pianist Todd Schroeder adds blues piano to the mix. Owen had the emotional support of Idol supporters during his season, as he survived each week thanks to the Twitter Save. “I’m still trying to save Rayvon,” Season 14 alum Jax tells Billboard. “I bought all his merch. He’s one of the greatest people in the world.”
The song is now available for download on iTunes.
Tickets for the band’s North American tour, which kicks off in September, are available on the group’s website.