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NYCS First Impression: Cassadee Pope ‘Rise and Shine’

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As fast as it started, summer is slowly winding down. Soon enough, the days will get shorter and the weather colder. Today, August 6th, Cassadee Pope released her third studio album, the acoustic Rise and Shine and it’s the perfect soundtrack to transition you into fall. It’s warm, nostalgic, and exciting. There’s a song for every season and feeling.

The first track, “Let Me Go”, and the final, “Built This House”, were the first of the eight to be released. “Let Me Go,” tells the story of a relationship that has run it’s course, while “Built This House” is more of a reflection of once you’re on the other side of the breakup. “Counting on the Weather”, written by the artist along with Bobby Huff, and Blair Daly is the most classic Pope, rhythmically and lyrically. It’s incredibly distinct, and it sounds like it was made for a late Indian Summer night.

A project like this is a reminder of why Pope won NBC’s The Voice all those years ago. Not only is she a true artist with a vision, but she has one of the most spectacular and versatile voices in all of country music. This is showcased on the entire album, but especially on moments like “Hangover” and “Hoodie”. Both are early-2000s sounding and reminiscent of her alternative roots.

“Rise and Shine is a collection of songs that talk about where I’ve been and where I’m headed,” says Pope in a statement. “I wanted people to hear these in their purest form so I went with a more stripped back sound that really lets the lyrics stand out. My hope is that these songs help aid people into feeling every emotion they need to let out.”

The standout on the record is “California Dreaming”, which she sings with boyfriend and fellow singer-songwriter/actor Sam Palladio. It starts with a gorgeous, pensive guitar and builds as soon as Pope’s voice comes in. When Palladio joins her at the chorus, they soar together, and it is bound to give you goosebumps. It’s nostalgic and really thoughtful. “I’ve been flying and crying, trying to leave you where I’ve been/But the cracks in my heart always let you back in/Keep trying to lose you in the Hollywood Hills/but I’m California dreaming still”, they sing on the chorus. The guitar is melodic but doesn’t overpower their vocals. It sounds like it could be straight off the show Nashville, while still sounding retro.

The title track, “Rise and Shine” is soothing in every way; it’s perfect for the times we’re living in now. Written by Pope, Danny Orton, Matt Scannell is the beautifully serene song about getting up every morning and choosing to fight for yourself and your worth. It sounds like waking up early in the morning and seeing the sunshine through the blinds.

Modern country music has become more produced over the years, so it’s refreshing to see an artist as successful as Cassadee Pope step back and let the lyrics and her voice do the talking. Right now what we need most is music and art to transport us, and this album does that successfully. As Cassadee sings, “you know it’s always darkest before the dawn, so rise and shine”.

Rise and Shine Track Listing:
Let Me Go (Cassadee Pope, Tina Parol, Kevin Rudolph)
Hoodie (Cassadee Pope, Johan Fransson, Emily Weisband)
California Dreaming (Cassadee Pope, Alex Kline, Shane Stevens)
Counting On The Weather (Cassadee Pope, Bobby Huff, Blair Daly)
Hangover (Cassadee Pope, Butch Walker)
Rise and Shine (Cassadee Pope, Danny Orton, Matt Scannell)
Sand Paper (Cassadee Pope, Alex Kline, Shane Stevens)
Built This House (Cassadee Pope, Forest Glen Whitehead, Kelly Archer)

NYCS Picks:
California Dreaming
Counting On The Weather
Rise and Shine

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‘Rise and Shine’ is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

 

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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 7/24/20

New Music Friday! This week we get new music from Blake Shelton ft. Gwen Stefani, HARDY, Noah Schnacky, Levi Hummon, Tim McGraw, Caylee Hammack & Alan Jackson, Mickey Guyton, Lindsay Ell and more!

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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 7/17/20

New Music Friday! This week we get new music from CAM, LANCO, A Thousand Horses, The Chicks  and more!

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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 7/10/20

New Music Friday! This week we get new music from Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Brett Eldredge, Avenue Beat, Lakeview, Lauren Davidson, Brinley Addington, Ross Ellis, Laine Hardy, Drew Green and more!

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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 7/3/20

New Music Friday! This week we get new music from Mitchell Tenpenny, Old Dominion, Chris Young, Ingrid Andress, RaeLynn, Jaden Hamilton, Josh Kerr and more!

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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 6/26/20

New Music Friday! This week we get new music from Tenille Townes, Russell Dickerson, Ryan Hurd, Teddy Robb, Cassadee Pope, Robert Counts and more!

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Cassadee Pope Shares Special 9/11 Tribute with NYC Audience

Cassadee Pope NYC 9/11 Tribute

 

On September 11, 2014, at her Irving Plaza show, Cassadee Pope shared a special cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” in honor of the anniversary of the September 11th attacks with her New York City audience.

Just before performing her version of the song, Pope shared with the crowd, “When I first heard that I would be headlining a show in New York City, I got very excited, because this city means a lot to me. […] You guys mean the world to me and then I find out that I’d be playing here on this particular day and I felt this feeling of responsibility like I needed to take away whatever sadness you were feeling for at least 75 minutes. I’m hoping that I’m doing that, but I also just really want to, I wouldn’t feel right, without acknowledging what today is. We’ve prepared a special song just for tonight, just for you, because you guys are the bravest, strong people I’ve ever met and this one’s for you…”

In the fan video below, despite poor image quality, the song can be heard crystal clear and the silence in the room speaks volumes for the emotional moment that Pope created with her audience.

Fan Video by: Kellianne Ryan (@kellsbean on Twitter)

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CMT’s Next Women Of Country Sells-Out New York’s Gramercy Theatre

Hannah Ellis CMT Next Women of Country

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This past Friday, the CMT Next Women Of Country Tour rolled around to New York City to play one of their 11-dates here at the Gramercy Theatre in lower Manhattan. Luckily for us New Yorkers, we got to experience this sold-out show with three extremely talented women Hannah Ellis, Clare Dunn, and Cassadee Pope.

Kicking off the night Hannah Ellis opened up the show with just her and her guitarist going straight into her upbeat debut single, “ILY So What,” getting everyone pumped up for the night ahead. Right off the bat, the crowd was already singing along, leaving Ellis mind blown she mentioned, “Someone should tell you, I can see you, and I am feeling it! Here for it! My name is Hannah Ellis and I am so excited to be here in New York hanging out with you guys on the CMT Next Women Of Country Tour!… This next one is my current single that I just put out about two weeks ago, it’s called “Your Woman.”

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In between each song, the singer-songwriter took the time to chat with the crowd about what was coming up next. Before going into her next song she said, “So I’m a full-time singer-songwriter out in Nashville and the fact that someone pays me dollars every day to go in a room and talk about my emotions is kinda incredible. I’m not going to lie, but this next song is one that I wrote with two people that I love very much.” Slowing it down for a song, she sang “Never In Love,” before bringing it back up to cover a song we all know and love, “No Diggity” by Blackstreet. Showcasing her talent she drifted away from country to show off her R&B side, getting the crowd fired up singing and dancing along to her rendition.

As her set was coming to an end she had one more song left, she began by getting personal saying, “Sometimes it’s hard for me to know exactly what to say about this next song because as a songwriter you write so many songs and you never know what is going to happen with them, if your going to be the only person to ever hear them or if they go out there and create their own life and I released this song last July. It’s just a song about how much I love where I come from and the people that raised me but I also love where I ended up and I think a lot of New Yorkers get that…This song has been really amazing to watch it create its own life…and it’s just really special for me.” Closing out her set with her hit single, “Home and A Hometown.” Ellis had the entire crowd singing back the words, getting everyone ready for what was to come next.

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Next up was Clare Dunn, kicking off her set with her song “Ferrari” the country rocker switched it up a bit from Ellis’ set playing guitar alongside a full band. From the very start, she was showcasing her insane guitar skills shredding it like a true rockstar. Before going any further into the night, Dunn put her guitar down and took the time to speak with the crowd making the night extra special by saying, “New York! We’re going to do something very special here tonight. We are going to film a live music video so we hope you’re okay with that. So be sure and cheer really loud for it, this is my brand new single that just came out called “My Love” and you’re going to be in the video!” The crowd was ready, dancing along to the tune while cheering as she gave her all for the music video. After the shot was done, everyone was fired up and ready for the rest of the night ahead.

As the night went on Dunn picked her guitar back up to continue her set, playing a mix of singles as well as covers, hitting all her bases she sang her singles, “Cowboy Side of You,” and “More,” as well as her song “Go To It.” That wasn’t all, she did a variety of covers starting with “Her Strut” by Bob Seger, mentioning how she had to perform this song because she had the honor and privilege of a lifetime to tour with him. Touching base with the audience of all ages, she then covered a song everyone knows “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele. The entire crowd erupted in cheers, singing back the lyrics to the popular song.

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With Dunn’s set coming to an end, she couldn’t leave the stage without singing her most popular song yet mentioning to the crowd, “I’d like to talk to you a little bit about this next song and just say thank you for changing my life, you guys set a bunch of records with this song…this was just a personal little love song for me and I never dreamed that it would be the success that it was so thank you…Thank you for all the love that you have shown me so passionately on this song if you know it sing along it’s called “Tuxedo.” Belting out the lyrics, the crowd sang back every word making it a moment to never forget. Before ending her set she had one more cover, closing out with no other than “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin once again showing off her master guitar skills.

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Last up was the headliner herself, Cassadee Pope kicking off her set performing her past uptempo single “Take You Home.” Not stopping there she continued playing her songs “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” and “How I Feel Right Now,” before taking a moment to chat with the crowd saying, “I love New York City so much, this is one of my favorite places to visit in general but oh my gosh to play a show here forget about it! So my name’s Cassadee Pope and this is the CMT Next Women Of Country Tour!… This has been such an amazing tour because not only do I get to go out on tour with my friends but I’m sharing these new stories that I just released on my new album Stages…I would love to play you this song it’s my single, Hannah Ellis co-wrote it, its called “If My Heart Had A Heart.” Singing her emotional ballad the crowd sang along softly.

CMT Next Women of Country

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Pope kept the crowd on their toes waiting to hear what song was up next, covering the one and only Third Eye Blind singing their hit single “Never Let You Go.” The crowd erupted in cheers shouting out the lyrics as the singer-songwriter sang her rendition of the tune. After the rap part of the song, she was so amazed by the crowd she stopped midway saying, “Oh my gosh you guys know the most lyrics than any tour date on this tour so far. I couldn’t help myself, I referenced Third Eye Blind in another song of mine and I just had to add a little bit of Third Eye Blind during my set. So we got two chorus’s left, your already singing along so just continue to do that!” Finishing out the song strong, everyone was screaming out the lyrics, ending the jam on the right note.

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Throughout her set she performed her songs “11,” “I’ve Been Good,” “Distracted,” “Gavi,” “Champagne,” and her duet with Chris Young “Think Of You.” Pope put her beautiful vocals on full display, showcasing her raw talent to the crowd while they sang along to every song. She couldn’t end her set without bringing  Hannah and Clare back to the stage to perform one last time. Mentioning to the crowd, “I mean after all this is the Next Women Of Country Tour so you didn’t think we’re not going to sing together and I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to sing with you guys. So this was actually my finale song on The Voice! Thank you by the way for anybody who voted for me you changed my life. One of my biggest influences is Faith Hill so I figured we would sing this together, this one is called “Cry.” Combining their talents they brought the song to life as their voices intertwined flawlessly.

As the night was coming to an end Pope mentioned how excited she was to be back in New York City performing for a sold-out crowd, thanking everyone once again for coming out before performing her single “One More Red Light.” Before leaving the stage for good she had two more songs left to perform as part of her encore. Taking it back to the old days she said, “Okay I’ll play a few more, I know I mentioned this earlier but I used to be in a band called Hey Monday and NYC was a second home to me because of that band so I couldn’t come here and headline a show in NYC and not play a Hey Monday song so we are going to take it back to 2008, here we go!” The entire crowd erupted in screams while everyone rushed the stage to get as close as possible. Pope transported the 2019 crowd back to 2008 as she performed Hey Monday’s popular song “Homecoming.” Performing the ultimate jamming out song everyone sang back the words as if no time had passed. Ending the night on a high note she continued the hype by performing her debut single “Wasting All These Tears” from her first album Frame By Frame.

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Casssadee Pope Performs “If My Heart Had A Heart” on TODAY

Just days after the release of her new album, Stages, independent artist Cassadee Pope, appeared on NBC’s Today Show for the second time. She took the stage during the 9 AM hour with co-anchors Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones, Dylan Dreyer, and Craig Melvin to perform on The Artist Lounge presented by Today. The Artist Lounge is where our favorite singers will be performing stripped down versions of their songs and this week it was Pope’s turn performing the T.V. debut of her new single, “If My Heart Had A Heart.”

Before performing her emotional ballad, co-anchors, Roker, Jones, Dreyer, and Melvin came to the stage to introduce and talk to the singer-songwriter. While welcoming her, they played a short clip showing Pope’s story, mentioning that she won The Voice back in 2012 along with many of her other musical accomplishments throughout the years. After the clip, Pope couldn’t stop smiling while mentioning she was so excited. Once she was introduced, Melvin had one question for the singer-songwriter saying, “You’re going on tour, by the way, you got a big tour coming up but the title of the album, stages, What’s behind that?” Pope replying, “So it’s basically an album I’ve been writing over the last year and a half and lots happened in my life so it just explains all the stages I’ve been through.”

After the brief interview, it was the moment viewers at home had been waiting for. Pope appeared on stage with only a cello and keyboard player to perform her stripped down version of “If My Heart Had AHeart.” She belted out the lyrics over the instruments, putting her beautiful vocals on full display while leaving viewers at home with chills. Pope captivated her audience with her passion-filled performance showcasing her talent along with the song’s vulnerability and pain of heartbreak. At the end of the song, the studio erupted in cheers.

Luckily for New Yorkers, we can catch Cassadee Pope on CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour with special guests Hannah Ellis and Clare Dunn, hitting the Gramercy Theater on April 26th!

 

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NYCS First Impression: Cassadee Pope ‘Stages’

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Leaving her record label in 2017, Cassadee Pope just released her anticipated, vulnerable album stages as an independent artist. The record includes 11 tracks, 8 co-written by Pope, giving a personal look into her life over the past year.

The singles she released prior to the album release, “Take You Home,” “One More Red Light”, and “If My Heart Had A Heart” was just a glimpse of what has finally arrived. Her catchy track “FYI” shows a sassy, fierce side to the album. The lyrics focus on how she won’t bite her tongue on this “boy trying to make girl jealous” situation. The melody built up in the lyrics “While he was flyin’ you to Vegas and all our favorite places / Always runnin’ ‘round with each other / He was sayin’ that he missed me, and damn girl you look pretty / I don’t think you’d like how he was lookin’ at me,” Pope unleashes the power of her voice and fiery side she’s taking on.

Her catchy track “Distracted,” was penned with some of Pope’s talented friends and fellow artists Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, and RaeLynn.  This playful love song has a groovy, country twang feel that makes the song a highlight on the album. Other songs on the album including “Don’t Ask Me” and “I Feel Good” are the most relatable track for anyone going through a breakup. They’re vulnerable, real, and personable. Pope also included “Gavi” an emotional tribute to one of her close friends and musician, Jason Gaviati, who passed away in 2015. The 90-second track includes Gaviati playing a heart-wrenching piano melody that hits close to home.

Pope’s new album stages is an inspiring, personal record that’s worth the listen. Make sure to catch Pope out on the CMT New Women Of Country Tour 2019 to see her perform these beautifully penned tracks.

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