VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 9 - Cassadee Pope

March 6, 2020



VERSED is a bi-weekly podcast illuminating the heart and soul of music. Featuring in-depth interviews with songwriters and composers, plus tips and insights to help you navigate your music career. Brought to you by ASCAP, home of the world's greatest music creators.

Grammy-nominated, Platinum-certified singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope first gained acclaim as lead singer for the pop-punk group Hey Monday, then rose to fame as the winner of Season 3 of The Voice, before transforming into a #1-selling country artist. Throughout her long and winding career, Pope has never stopped pushing herself creatively. For this special International Women's Day episode of VERSED, ASCAP’s Beth Brinker sat down with Pope in Nashville to talk about a whole range of things: from punk to country music, what she does to stay focused and balanced with her busy career and (what else?) the art, craft and joy of songwriting. PLUS: from the ASCAP archives, hit songwriter Priscilla Renea explains why staying true to your authentic creative self can be great for your career. 
Cassadee Pope  


Cassadee Pope is a Grammy-nominated, Platinum-certified singer-songwriter who recently released her highly-anticipated second solo album Stages, featuring hit singles “Take You Home,” “One More Red Light” and “If My Heart Had a Heart.” From fronting rock band Hey Monday to winning season 3 of The Voice and releasing her #1 debut album Frame By Frame, Cassadee has effortlessly re-arranged the lines of country and pop. She has experienced tremendous success throughout her career, with her Platinum-selling single “Wasting All These Tears” being named “Breakthrough Video of the Year” at the 2014 CMT Music Awards and her #1 hit “Think of You” with Chris Young receiving a 2017 Grammy nomination for “Best Country Duo/Group.” Cassadee has toured extensively, joining legendary artists Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley, playing London’s iconic O2 Arena during the C2C: Country to Country Festival, and earning the distinction of being the only country artist to perform at 2018’s Warped Tour. Cassadee performed “If My Heart Had a Heart” on the TODAY show, and toured with Maren Morris on her GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR. Cassadee continued to tour throughout the spring as the headliner of the “CMT Next Women of Country Tour,” which brought the franchise outside of the US for the first time ever. 

Website: // Twitter: @CassadeePope // Facebook: @CassadeePope // Instagram: @cassadeepope

+Watch Cassadee Pope perform "One More Red Light" at the 2018 ASCAP EXPO

+Watch Cassadee perform with Chris DeStefano, JT Harding and Brett James at a recent songwriters round at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville

Priscilla Renea


A child of the Navy who bounced around the South growing up, Renea was living in Jacksonville, FL, when she wrote her first song at eight years old. “I was vacuuming the hallway and started singing this melody and lyrics,” she recalls. “It was something like ‘Walking down the highway, looking at the skyway,’ and it was a country song. Pretty much every song I've ever written is a country song in some way,” Renea says, going on to cite her co-writes on such hits as Rihanna’s “California King Bed,” Pitbull’s #1 smash "Timber," and "Somethin' Bad," her Country #1 for Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, as examples. Her credits read like a who’s who of superstar artists and include hits for Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Demi Lovato, Pitbull, Miranda Lambert, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony, Mariah Carey, Becky G, Charlie Puth, Nick Jonas, Train, Diplo, Curren$y and Kelly Clarkson, among others. It’s a list that demonstrates not only her chameleon-like stylistic range, but also an emotional intelligence that enables her to connect with artists with varying personalities and help them sound authentic. As far as she has come she hasn’t forgotten where she started. From her beginnings as a YouTube phenom, to writing and performing all over the world, Priscilla knows there are creators like her out there looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. She endeavors to be that ray of sunshine for as many talented creators as possible. “That used to be me, I used to be that face in the crowd,” Renea says. “It’s part of my legacy to reach back and help more people achieve their dreams.” Visit Priscilla online at

+Watch Priscilla perform "California King Bed" at the 2012 ASCAP EXPO

+See Priscilla lead an impromptu freestyle session at the 2017 ASCAP EXPO



Etan Rosenbloom

Etan Rosenbloom joined ASCAP in 2006. His duties include writing and curating content for the ASCAP website, writing speeches and scripts for award shows, interviewing prominent members and working on ASCAP's corporate communications strategy. Before coming to ASCAP, Etan worked as the Director of Marketing at Cryptogramophone Records. He also spent many years as a freelance music journalist for publications including Decibel, MetalSucks, Billboard, Spin, Prefixmag and DailyOm. Etan currently lives in Los Angeles, where he spends most of his non-existing free time taking his three-year-old daughter on adventures, dreaming about craft beer and haunting all the used record stores within a 20-mile radius.




Jody Klein


Jody Klein is currently ASCAP’s Senior Director of Pop & Rock. She is recognized as a true music lover with over 10 years dedicated to developing artist careers. From her days as a recording engineer for Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, to her time as an A&R at Interscope/Cherrytree Records (Disclosure, Sir Sly, Skylar Stecker), Jody has continued to show a passion for artist and songwriter development and plans to keep championing creators through her work at ASCAP.




Beth Brinker


Nashville Membership Associate Director Beth Brinker maintains ASCAP’s relationships with high-profile country songwriters and artists, and plays a major role in the ongoing success of monthly showcases and workshops. She coordinates ASCAP’s involvement in events such as the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Luck Reunion, CMA Music Festival, Folk Alliance International and more. Prior to ASCAP, Beth worked in publishing and held roles as on-air talent with Spike TV, Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour, The Marty Stuart Show, and stints at GAC-TV and RFD-TV.

Mama, I'm going home.

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