“We get a little bit more of a difficult journey,” Cassadee Pope told Rolling Stone Country earlier this year, speaking about the tougher climb up the country radio charts that women seem to have, versus men. But she went on to explain the challenge as a glass-half-full kind of thing, adding, “I really pulled from that in a positive way. I haven’t let it bring me down or make me want to quit. It’s actually added fuel to my fire.”
“I Am Invincible,” the incendiary lead single from her next solo album, echoes that sentiment. In its brand-new video, Pope starts the tune off with a dedication – “to my girls, the fighters, the warriors” – and jangles with gentle determination before exploding into a thunderous, sky-high chorus.
“Nothing’s gonna make me break or shatter,” she declares. “No one’s gonna tell me I don’t matter.”
The clip for “I Am Invincible” focuses on a young girl who is repeatedly bullied, first by a pair of boys, then by a group of sneering peers. The singer tells Seventeen magazine, “It was important for me to have young actors, because those are the most influential years. Those scenes really show you how hard life can be, but that you have to keep building.”
Though Pope never experienced physical bullying as a child, she remembered being “belittled by my peers because of how focused I was on music.” With the video, she hopes to offer support to any young women in need of a pick-me-up. “Empowering girls is extremely important to me,” she notes. “Growing up, I needed those empowering women to show me the way.”
Over the summer, Pope performed “I Am Invincible” at an event that brings its lyrics to life every year: the Special Olympics.