Say It First
Cassadee Pope backstory
The Grammy-nominated, platinum-certified singer-songwriter is gearing up to release all-new music in 2021 with latest album Thrive.
Last year, Pope released her first acoustic solo album, co-produced alongside Todd Lombardo.
The project followed her hit album Stages featuring singles Take You Home, One More Red Light and If My Heart Had a Heart.
Pope fronted rock band Hey Monday before winning season three of The Voice.
And on debut album Frame By Frame she forged a reputation for fusing country, pop and rock.
Number one single Think Of You — with Chris Young — received a Grammy nomination in 2017 in the Best Country Duo/Group category.
And Pope proved a big hit on Maren Morris’ Girl: The World Tour before headlining 2019’s CMT Next Women Of Country tour.
In her own words:
“Say It First is a song I wrote about how tough of a position it is to be the one to end a relationship when you both know it’s already over.
“Being the ‘bad guy’ just because you said what you both were thinking comes with the territory.
“But not saying anything just isn’t an option.
“I love the nostalgic approach with the production and how it feels angsty but still vulnerable.”
The verdict on Say It First
Less pop-punk than previous drop What The Stars See, Pope’s latest single leans on a powerful vocal and a punchy production.
There’s no disguising the understated country vibe.
But much like big pal Lindsay Ell, trailblazer Pope isn’t bound by convention.
And Say It First has more than a hint of Hey Monday underpinning its rock roots.
Pope has always known when to control her volume and curb the enthusiasm.
But her new material is made for letting rip and living it up.
Say It First proves Pope’s new album Thrive can’t come soon enough.
What’s next for Cassadee Pope?
Pope revealed the name for new album Thrive on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this month.
The record is slated for release this autumn and looks set to propel Pope back to the pop-punk future.
Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Nick Wheeler (All-American Rejects) shared production duties on Pope’s ninth career album.