NASHVILLE, TN (June 3, 2016) – Diving into an exciting new season in her career, CASSADEE POPE simultaneouslyreleases both the SUMMER EPand brand new music video for the title track today (6/3). Both are off to a glowing start with the EP already in the Top 5 on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart and the video dominating the #1 Country and #10 All Genre spots. The lead single sets the tone as "...a familiar, but well-told story by a vocalist capable of bringing the emotion [you] can relate to.” (ALL ACCESS). The heat is on as the West Palm Beach, FL native premieres the steamy scenes – depicting equally scorch-worthy lyrics – filmed in Clearwater Beach with director TK McKamy. ACCESS HOLLYWOOD teased “Summer” during last night’s broadcast. ENJOY “SUMMER” NOW: http://smarturl.it/CPSummerVEVO.
“Growing up in Florida, I experienced a lot of vibrant sunrises and sunsets. The SUMMER EP is a lot like those moments … full of reflection, exhilaration, nostalgia and colorful imagery,” muses Cassadee. “My fans will really get to know me through the lyrics in these songs, and I hope, find confidence in themselves and their unique journeys just as I continue to in mine. Turn it up, and let’s start summer right now!”
SOUNDS LIKE NASHVILLE raves, “…four cuts – of this magnitude – only whet the appetite, leaving the listener wanting more.” Cassadee penned three of the EP’s songs, including her current single “Summer,” which officially impacts Country radio on Monday (6/6). BILLBOARD pinpoints, "The highlight of Summer is the tender 'Kisses at Airports.’" The collection reunites the fiery-ranged talent with producer Corey Crowder, who co-wrote her #1 duet with Chris Young. The chart-topping “Think Of You” pair will extend their vocal dalliance this fall on the I’M COMIN’ OVER TOUR presented by AEG Live.
1. Summer | Cassadee Pope, Kelly Archer, Emily Shackelton
2. Piano | Cassadee Pope, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz
3. Kisses At Airports | Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Chase McGill
4. Alien | Cassadee Pope, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite
Visit CassadeePope.com for tour dates and more. Share your adventures: #SummerEP.
Tickets are on sale now for the ‘I’m Comin' Over Tour’ Featuring Chris Young, Cassadee Pope, Dustin Lynch and Dan + Shay.
Chris Young “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” Dates*
Sept. 29 Rabobank Arena Bakersfield, CA~
Sept. 30 Grand Canyon University Arena Phoenix, AZ^
Oct. 6 United Supermarkets Arena Lubbock, TX~
Oct. 7 Pan American Center Las Cruces, NM~
Oct. 13 Spokane Arena Spokane, WA~**
Oct. 14 Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center Portland, OR~
Oct. 15 Ford Idaho Center Nampa, ID~
Oct. 20 Hartman Arena Park City, KS~
Oct. 21 Viaero Event Center Kearney, NE~
Oct. 22 Swiftel Center Brookings, SD~
Oct. 27 Cambria County War Memorial Johnstown, PA~
Oct. 28 Memorial Coliseum Expo Center Ft. Wayne, IN~
Oct. 29 Dow Event Center Saginaw, MI~***
Nov. 10 CFE Arena Orlando, FL^
Nov. 11 Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL+
Nov. 12 St. Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL^
Nov. 17 Bob Carpenter Center Newark, DE^
Nov. 18 Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Salisbury, MD+**
Nov. 19 Crown Coliseum Fayetteville, NC^
Dec. 1 Ryan Center Kingston, RI^
Dec. 2 Cross Insurance Arena Portland, ME+
Dec. 3 Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wilkes-Barre, PA+***
Dec. 8 Show Me Center Cape Girardeau, MO+
Dec. 9 iWireless Center Moline, IL^***
Dec. 10 Rupp Arena Lexington, KY^***
*Dates subject to change, please check chrisyoungcountry.com for the latest information
~ with special guest Dan + Shay and Cassadee Pope
^ with very special guest to be announced and Cassadee Pope
+ with special guest Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope
Cassadee revealed her EP cover during a Facebook Live with her fans. Go to her Facebook page and check out the reveal and some Q&A!
NASHVILLE, TN (May 9, 2016) – As sun-kissed days begin to linger, CASSADEE POPE is finding joy in the rising temperatures a little early, releasing new music with a fitting title. Her SUMMER EP is due out June 3 on Big Machine Label Group, showcasing dynamic vocals that are signature for the West Palm Beach, FL native.
Cassadee penned three of the songs, including the title track that marks her next single and officially impacts Country radio on June 6. The collection has touches of nostalgia, tapping into feelings of both love and longing that are often associated with reflection. Throughout “Summer,” lyrics and melody intensify: My heart on fire in his hands, yeah/ He drove away the first of September / But I remember, / yeah I remember / He talked like / And he walked like / And he looked like / And he burned like / Summer.
1. Summer | Written by Cassadee Pope, Kelly Archer, Emily Shackelton
2. Piano | Written by Cassadee Pope, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz
3. Kisses At Airports | Written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Chase McGill
4. Alien | Written by Cassadee Pope, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite
Corey Crowder produced the EP and co-wrote Cassadee’s first-ever #1 single, “Think of You.” The duet with Chris Young topped both Country radio airplay charts just last week, and the pair will continue to collaborate on his I’M COMIN’ OVER TOUR presented by AEG Live as dates have been extended for a fall run of shows. Visit cassadeepope.com for tour dates and more.
This is one group photo we won't forget!
Keith Urban, Cassadee Pope, and Brett Eldredge were among the artists to pose together for a group photo at the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival on Saturday – and PEOPLE has the exclusive first look.
Other artists in the photo include members of the Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice, and Cole Swindell.
Though Miranda Lambert was missing from the shot, the country cutie stopped by PEOPLE's photo booth following a live rendition of "White Liar," "Gunpowder and Lead" and "Baggage Claim."
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The festival also featured acts in the Daytime Village, a free event that included performances by Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots, Granger Smith, LoCash, Chris Lane and Maren Morris.
“Think of You” duet partners Chris Young and Cassadee Pope have been sharing the stage a lot this year. From performing their hit tune at the ACM Awards to belting it out on a nightly basis during Chris’ I’m Coming Over Tour, there is no doubt the two stars have plenty of onstage chemistry. As the fast friends have gotten to know each other better over the course of the last several months, Nash Country Daily thought it would be fun for the tandem to interview each other during one of their last tour stops to see what surprising facts they could learn.
Chris: What’s your go-to way to kill time while traveling on the tour bus?
Cassadee: Me and my band and crew love hanging out together in the front lounge. Whether we’re watching a movie, listening to music or playing Cards Against Humanity, it’s always a good time. I also am pretty addicted to some TV shows, so if I want to be alone, I’ll go in my bunk and watch those. The Affair, Leftovers and House of Cards are just a few I’m obsessed with.
Cassadee: What’s yours?
Chris: If it’s not me and the band making fun of each other, it’s probably going through old movies. One of my favorite things to do is pull out a classic movie, something funny like Blues Brothers, Monty Python and the Holy Grail or The Ladies Man.
Chris: How many text messages do you send a day? Who gets the most?
Cassadee: I probably send about 100 text messages a day. It’s a tossup between my mom and boyfriend of who gets the most texts. If I’m on the road, my tour manager gets a lot of them too. But those are mostly me asking if they’re ready for me for sound check.
Cassadee: What do you miss most from home when you’re on tour?
Chris: Being able to sleep in my own bed. I feel like I’m on my bus more than I’m actually at my house at this point. Other than that, having the chance to pick stuff up. I feel like I run in my house, drop stuff in the middle of the floor and then I leave.
Chris: How many tattoos do you have? What’s your next one going to be?
Cassadee: I have an arm piece that’s about a quarter-sleeve. I’m not sure how many tattoos it took to create it, but they all involve music. If I get another one, it’d definitely be the initials of my first solo No. 1 single.
Cassadee: What’s one surprising thing about you that even your biggest fans don’t know?
Chris: I’m really bad at math. Basic math is fine. When I was a kid I thought I could be a scientist and then I realized it was all based in super difficult math. That’s when I realized, ‘Nope, this is not for me.’”
Chris Young & Cassadee Pope, Cassadee Pope and Chris Young on the set of the music video for their duet “Think Of You”, ca. 2016 cr. David McClister/Monarch Publicity FREE
Chris and Cassadee on the set of the music video for “Think of You.” Photo by David McClister/Monarch Publicity
Chris: How do you stay in shape while on the road?
Cassadee: I try really hard to eat healthy on the road and visit a gym near the venue. Half the battle is getting to the gym. Once you’re there, you might as well get to work. I have a trainer who trains me through FaceTime, which is super helpful. I’m pretty motivated in every aspect of my life except for working out. I need someone to push me. There’s usually a ton of downtime on the road, too, so I take advantage of it by working out.
Cassadee: What is one bad habit of yours that you want to break?
Chris: I say ‘um’ in the middle of sentences entirely too much.
Chris: Besides me, what three artists have you been dying to do a duet with?
Cassadee: You’re obviously up there! But I’ve been dying to duet with Shania Twain, Sia and Bruno Mars.
Cassadee: What’s your biggest social-media addiction: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter?
Chris: I’d say I’m probably on Twitter more than anything else but Snapchat is growing on me.
Let's face it, being on tour, stuck on a bus for hours, and hopping from city to city every 24 hours isn't exactly conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
But that's not stopping Cassadee Pope, who's joined Chris Young for a run of sold-out concert dates, from staying fit.
The singer packs a secret weapon in her suitcase when she's on the road – her trainer, virtually.
"I do FaceTime training with my trainer," The Voice alum, 26, tells PEOPLE on a special chartered plane ride while celebrating Southwest Airlines' 30 Years in Music City, Live at 35.
Flying the friendly skies got a little more exciting for passengers onboard the inaugural flight of Southwest Airlines Tennessee One Monday (Feb. 22) when Chris Young and Cassadee Pope gave a surprise performance between Music City and Memphis when they sang their fast-rising single "Think of You" as part of Southwest's Live at 35 concert series.
The mile-high gig was part of the events celebrating Southwest's 30th anniversary in Tennessee. Festivities kicked off with performances on the ground by Sony Music Nashville newcomer Maren Morris and Republic Nashville band A Thousand Horses. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Gary Kelly, chairman/president and CEO of Southwest Airlines, spoke at the event before Kelly introduced the Southwest’s newest specialty plane, Tennessee One, a Boeing 737-700 painted with an artist’s rendition of the Tennessee flag. The plane is one of only 11 state-themed aircraft in the Southwest fleet.
A Thousand Horses performs during Southwest Airlines unveiling of Tennessee One aircraft.Courtesy of Southwest
“I am 30 years old and this is the 30th celebration of Southwest being in Tennessee and it’s just so cool to be on this plane,” Young told passengers, which included Southwest employees, Nashville dignitaries and special VIPs. Standing just behind the cockpit, he delivered the chart-topping title track of his fifth album I’m Coming Over. Cassadee Pope joined Young to perform their hit duet, “Think of You,” while they braced themselves during some light turbulence.
“I fly Southwest a lot,” Young told Billboard after the performance, which will be aired on Southwest’s website. “This is such a cool opportunity. There aren’t a lot of people who have had a chance to do Live at 35. I was so excited about it.”
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“Chris is from Tennessee,” Pope chimed in, “so it is extra special to be on Tennessee One. It’s beautiful and we’re excited to ring in the 30-year mark for Southwest being in Nashville.
In addition to participating in Southwest’s Live at 35 concert series where artists surprise passengers with an in-flight performance, Young admits he’s had some other great memories of flying Southwest. “Me and Dierks Bentley ran a Southwest plane out of Jack Daniels before it got to Vegas one year for the ACMs,” Young shared with a laugh. “I feel that might have been where ‘Drunk on a Plane’ came from. Granted it wasn’t just me and him. It was me and all my crew and him and all his crew, but literally halfway through the flight they got on the PA and said, ‘We are out of Jack Daniels! Stop asking!’”
Pope has also had some interesting in flight experiences. “A man recognized me and he was very drunk. He invited me to his sister’s wedding as his date,” she says. “It was really sweet, but I told him I was flying to go to a show. I told him I was sorry, but I was busy or I would totally go.”
Young will have an opportunity to drain a plane of Jack Daniels again when he heads to the Academy of Country Music Awards [ACMs] April 3 where he is up for four awards as artist and producer for his No. 1 single and album, I’m Comin’ Over. “I’m so pumped. Being able to have multiple nominations like that is something I’m still pinching myself for,” he says. “Four nominations [including] two as a producer. This is the first time I’ve been a producer on a project so that’s really special. I’m really blown away. I’m looking forward to Vegas this year.”
Among the other passengers onboard the inaugural Tennessee One flight were newly engaged Tiffany Johnson, outreach coordinator for the nonprofit Soles for Souls, and Lee Turner, who plays keyboards in Darius Rucker’s band. The couple met at baggage claim in the Nashville Airport in August 2014 and got engaged at baggage claim at the Newark Airport while on a Christmas trip to New York last December.
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“I wanted to do something that wasn’t expected but yet had significance to our relationship. It was really important how we met and I figured I could go to Southwest and they’d help me out,” Turner says of popping the question by enlisting the help of Southwest employees in attaching a sign that said “Tiffany, will you marry me?” to Johnson’s suitcase. She saw the luggage and sign as it came around the baggage carousel in Newark. “The people at Southwest were just amazing.”
“Even when we landed from New York,” says Johnson, “when we came back home a couple days later somebody met us with a cake and a card that said ‘Congratulations!’ It’s been so sweet.”