Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Cassadee Pope returns to her pop-rock roots to form her forthcoming album, Thrive – which is set to drop in the fall of 2021.
Before the chart-topping artist made history on NBC’s The Voice as the first female winner, the powerhouse vocalist was rocking out on stage with her pop-punk band, Hey Monday. Now, Pope is channeling her unique background to develop a crossover collection that incorporates country and punk musical elements.
The dynamic musician gave her loyal fans a taste of what they could expect from her upcoming album by releasing the women empowerment anthem “What The Stars See,” featuring Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Lindsay Ell and the breakup ballad. “Say It First.
The storyteller recently opened up about what it is like to pen a country-punk album, and accepting what makes her different as an artist within the country music scene.
“It is kind of bringing us all back to when we found ourselves. I found my sound, myself, and personality during those years I was in Hey Monday. I had a group of people that felt the same, and we were very different, but we all kind of played in the same playground,” shares the songstress about the close-knit punk community during an exclusive Music Mayhem interview.
“I think that’s what makes pop-punk so special. I love seeing it stick around. There’s definitely a resurgence. I love seeing bands like All Time Low – who have been around for a long time, finally getting No. 1’s on the radio. I think that’s a huge validating thing for me as I go into this next chapter,” she adds.
As the punk princess carefully crafts the upcoming album and pulls inspiration from the band All Time Low featuring her ex-fiancé (drummer Rian Dawson), she intentionally reached out to rock writers with whom she used to rub elbows with while touring with Hey Monday.
She penned tracks alongside Paul DiGiovanni from Boys Like Girls, Stereo Skyline’s lead singer Kevin Bard, and Andy Albert, who was once in Holiday Parade.
Pope didn’t just turn to rock writers to point her in the right direction, but she called in mysterious Warped Tour musicians to join her on tracks to push the punk sound. “I can’t talk about it yet because there is one that we are literally editing right now. There’s also one that hasn’t happened yet. I’m sort of superstitious… So, I don’t want to say it until it’s mastered, sent in, and everything!”
Cassadee Pope recently had a full-circle moment, as she announced the name of her forthcoming album on The Kelly Clarkson Show and performed a chilling rendition of her single, “What The Stars See.”
“I wanted to name the album Thrive because that word explodes with empowerment and endurance,” says Pope. “The title track talks about not just surviving something but thriving from it, and I’m at a point in my life where I can see how the hard times were necessary. I also feel so unapologetically me in this new project which makes me thrive in every sense of the word!”