Cassadee Pope is no stranger to infectious melodies with pop-punk hooks. That’s why it’s no surprise that her new single, “People That I Love Leave,” has all the makings of smash hit that will nestle deep in your eardrums for years to come. An ode to past lovers or relationships that have left her scarred from getting too close to those in her life, fearful that when she gets close they’ll “move on and forget about me.” The new track is Cassadee’s first to kick off her return to her punk rock roots, where she once fronted the popular pop-punk band Hey Monday.
Hey Monday released their debut album “Hold On Tight” in 2008, which featured hit songs such as “Homecoming” and “How You Love Me Now”. The album was a commercial success, and Hey Monday gained a devoted fan following. Many who still pine at the thought of Cassadee Pope revisiting her pop-punk days. Together the band toured the globe and their single “Candles” was featured in an episode of Fox’s hit TV show, “Glee,” but in 2011 the band announced a hiatus and have only performed a handful of times since.
In 2012, Pope auditioned for the third season of the reality singing competition “The Voice.” She performed a powerful rendition of Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn,” impressing the judges (all four fought for Cassadee to join their team) and audiences alike. Pope eventually won the competition, becoming the first female winner in the show’s history. After her win on “The Voice,” Pope moved to Nashville and released her debut solo album, “Frame by Frame,” in 2013. The album featured the Platinum certified single “Wasting All These Tears,” which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The album was well-received by critics and fans alike, showcasing Pope’s versatility as a musician and songwriter.
Pope has continued to release successful music since her debut solo album, including the EPs “Summer” and “Rise and Shine,” which were released in 2016 and 2020, respectively. In 2016, Pope earned her first Grammy nomination for the song she performed with Chris Young, “Think Of You.” Her music has evolved over the years, incorporating elements of country, pop, and rock. Pope’s music is known for its catchy hooks, relatable lyrics, and powerful vocals. The girl can sing!
She was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and grew up in a family of musicians. Pope began her musical career at a young age, learning to play guitar and piano and performing in various local bands. She attended the Music School of the University of Central Florida, where she met her future bandmates in Hey Monday. Her musical influences range all genres, which has allowed her to define her own brand of stylistic music that resonates with her fan base.
In addition to her music, Pope is also an advocate for mental health awareness and social issues. She has been open about her struggles with anxiety to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness, fight for the rights of all human equality, and isn’t afraid to say exactly how she feels. A refreshing stance in a time where so many are silent. Cassadee is a talented and versatile musician who has made a significant impact in the pop-punk, country, and rock music scenes for many years.
It’s on “People That I Love Leave” though that Cassadee Pope has finally found her place, and future, in music. The single is authentically everything she has always been – a vulnerable lover of punk-rock with undeniable pop lyrics that relate to the many. If this is a sign of things to come, her future in the music industry looks brighter than ever.