Cassadee Pope has been performing her new song, “Invincible,” live and she tells Rolling Stone Country that ths song is “It’s very empowering. Very sassy. . . I’m showing a little bit more of an edgy side of myself.”
While her debut single, “Wasting All These Tears was a top 5 country hit, The Voice 3 winner’s second single, “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” co-written with Ashley Monroe, didn’t break the Top 25.
Cassadee cites the struggle female country singers have been experiencing gaining traction on the radio. “It has a lot to do with being a female in country music,” she said. “We get a little bit more of a difficult journey.”
“I really pulled from that [experience] in a positive way,” she said, keeping a positive attitude. “I haven’t let it bring me down or make me want to quit. It’s actually added fuel to my fire.”
On Keith Hill’s controversial comparison that cast women country singers as the tomatoes in a big bowl of man salad, Cassadee said, “It was quite obvious that there were more men in country music than women — at least more men being played on the radio,” she continued. “It just took one person to acknowledge that and explain why that was happening. And I think everyone knows now that it’s not fair [and] it has to change at some point. A lot of the fans miss hearing women on the radio, and now they’re speaking up.”
Unlike “Wasting All These Tears,” the new song, “Invincible,” which may or may not be her next single, is a power anthem, “I’m unbreakable, I’m unstoppable, I’m a hero, like a phoenix from the ash,” she sings.
Cassadee tells Rolling Stone that she’s been writing 5 days a week for the past 7 months, with collaborators such as Liz Rose, Kip Moore, Nathan Chapman and Lady Antebellum singer, Charles Kelly. Label head, Scott Borchetta has been hands on in the studio. The result is more songs than she needs. “It’s exciting; it’s a good problem to have,” she said.
Still, Cassadee won’t be rushing material out to market. “The sophomore album is in many ways scarier and more intimidating than the first one,” she said. “I want to make sure that I’m explaining myself and explaining where I am in my life perfectly with these songs.”
Watch Cassadee perform “Invincible” at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den in Connecticut.