The pop/country singer re-envisioned the song from a male perspective, as Peter Pan.
Sheppard fell in love with Ballerini’s melody choices, the lyrics, instrumentals and production and wanted to re-create the song to showcase a male reflecting on himself. With newly crafted lyrics, the character Sheppard built within the song realizes that he needs to turn himself around if he wants to be with the woman he loves.
“I had heard Kelsea Ballerini for the first time about a year ago. The first song I listened to was “Dibs,” and around that time I was discovering who I was as a solo artist and felt a great connection to Kelsea’s overall sound. It had a strong influence of Pop blended nicely with the gorgeous storytelling and instrumentals that Country music is so famous for,” Sheppard told Paste Magazine.
“Then a few months ago I heard “Peter Pan” from Kelsea and was totally blown away. It was one of those songs that you can immediately fall in love with. I had wanted to do a cover of it for awhile but didn’t know how to since it’s specifically about a guy lover. I thought of possibly just sitting down and changing it to a guys point of view as being Peter Pan, but the lyrics I was coming up with just weren’t moving me. What helped me was slightly changing the concept.”
Jesse has been hard at work in the studio gearing up for his debut album, to be released in 2017. Check out the full cover below, and purchase Sheppard’s cover of “Peter Pan” on iTunes.