NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 2, 2013 – The Voice winner and rising Country star Cassadee Pope launched her highly anticipated radio tour ahead of her solo Big Machine debut album, set for this fall. Yesterday (May 1), the 23-year-old performed an intimate set for WSIX, a Country radio station in Music City, including her rumored lead single “Champagne.” Co-written by Hillary Lindsey, James Slater, and Ben West, the song samples Taylor Swift in its lyrical relevancy and Carrie Underwood in sheer power.
Also during her set, she performed other potential album tracks “Good Times” (Sarah Buxton, Nathan Chapman, Blair Daly), “Wasting All These Tears” (Caitlyn Smith, Rollie Gaalswyk), “Easier to Lie” and “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.”
Pope is best known as the former lead singer of the pop-punk band Hey Monday, who have released one full-length album and three EPs. On why she chose to go the Country route, the singer-songwriter recently defended her artistic choices. “When I sang [Miranda Lambert’s] ‘Over You’ on the show, the reaction was so incredible and I really connected with the lyrics, so it just kind of happened naturally,” she says in the latest issue of Country Aircheck.”
She adds, “It’s funny, people say because Blake’s a country singer that he pushed me to do it, but it’s something that I started on my own and it naturally progressed.”
Fusing her pop background with a contemporary Country sound, she promises that “love” is a major theme on her debut album. “There are songs about someone cheating or being [cheated on],” she tells People. “These are things I’ve never gone through personally, but as an artist, I want people to relate.”
“I have friends who have been through these things, so I want to be people’s inspiration, and for them to know that they aren’t alone,” she notes.
The bright-eyed starlet is set to premiere her debut single on The Voice stage on June 4 will launch a new CMT series this fall, documenting her rise to fame. The series will air in September. Pope will also tour with Rascal Flatts.
“As someone that has a career now because of The Voice, I’m excited to have my journey documented in more of a personal way,” Pope says of her new TV show. “I want people to see what I’ve been up to and all the work that’s gone into the roll out of my album and single.”
[Songwriting credits via Mjsbigblog]
Check out Pope’s potential debut single “Champagne” to the left.
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