Callista Clark And Jimmie Allen Deliver Fresh Take On Post-Breakup Anthem, ‘Wish You Wouldn’t’

“Having Jimmie Allen on ‘Wish You Wouldn’t’ is a literal dream come true,” Clark shares.


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 13, 2023


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Jimmie Allen, Callista Clark; Photo by Alexa Campbell

Rising country star Callista Clark has joined forces with Jimmie Allen to reimagine her emotional song, “Wish You Wouldn’t.” 

This song, penned by Clark with Emily Falvey and Lalo Guzman, was originally featured on the 19-year-old singer/songwriter’s debut album, Real To Me: The Way I Feel. With Allen’s support, it has been given a new life on the recently released deluxe version of her project. 

“Having Jimmie Allen on ‘Wish You Wouldn’t’ is a literal dream come true,” Clark shared in a press release. “He was the only person I wanted for that song—he brings such an effortlessly smooth charm to the song. I’m still ecstatic he said ‘yes’!”

Clark starts off tune strong as she makes it known that she’s done taking all the nonsense and lies that always seem to come after the sweet-talking of the love interest she sings about. Once Allen joins in with his alluring vocals, their dynamic harmonies dance around the damaging effects of a breakup. 

“I love diving into all types of projects and experimenting with different artists so I was honored Callista asked me to jump on this song—I’m grateful to be a part of her journey,” added Allen. “We met out on the road years ago and she has become like a little sister to me. She is an incredible talent and I loved getting to play with the variation between the fast and slow vocals—it’s a fun song to sing.” 

The pair torment each other with the notion that while they know picking up that phone will only make things harder in the end, yet behind all the pain, there’s still a hint of that magnetic draw to each other. 

“You’ll pick up your phone / Thinkin’ you should call me up / Cause you’re wonderin’ how I’ve been / And you’ll say you’re still in love / Oh, I wish you wouldn’t / ‘Cause you know you shouldn’t / You’ll say you couldn’t help it / But you’re really bein’ selfish / So I wish you wouldn’t,” they sing in the chorus. 

In addition to their collaborative version of the track, Clark and the GRAMMY nominee also released a music video that perfectly shines a spotlight on their emotions and a strong desire to move on from the past.

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The young artist appears in the video wearing her multi-colored sequin blazer and black and white cowboy boots, while Allen levels up his look with the classic bandana and wide-brimmed hat pairing along with his cheetah print button-up shirt and dazzling silver chain necklace

Produced by Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Keith Urban, Mickey Guyton), Callista Clark’s expanded project titled, Real To Me: The Way I Feel (Deluxe Edition), features four new versions of previously released songs including her duet with Allen. The Zebulon, GA native served a s a co-writer on each track along with a series of talented co-writers including Laura Veltz, Emily Shackleton, Liz Rose, Chris DeStefano and Jimmy Robbins. 

“Wish You Wouldn’t” fits right into the collection that compiles Clark’s impressive talent and dignified confidence with her tracks of heartbreak and triumph. 

Callista Clark is gearing up for her next performance with Opry NextStage Live from Ole Red in Nashville on January 17, while Jimmie Allen is preparing to once again join Carrie Underwood on the road for the next leg of her massive Denim & Rhinestones Tour. He’s next slated to appear in Miami, FL on February 2. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.