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Watch Cassadee Pope Sing ‘I Am Invincible’ From Sassier Second Album

Singer tells Rolling Stone Country her new set of tunes will have more edge

Cassadee Pope’s first solo single, “Wasting All These Tears” follows a long tradition of devastating, pop-country power-ballads. The track opens with the singer prostrate “on the bathroom floor,” so distraught that her “loneliness was rattling the windows.” This tune remains the Florida native’s biggest success to date, but you won’t find her in the same state on her next album. “It’s very empowering,” the singer tells Rolling Stone Country of her new work. “Very sassy. . . I’m showing a little bit more of an edgy side of myself.”

Part of this lyrical confidence boost stems from Pope’s experiences in the aftermath of her solo debut, Frame By Frame, which came out in 2013. Thought the album reached the top spot on the country charts, the singer admits there’s “been a certain amount of struggle.” While “Wasting All These Tears” was a Top Five hit — a rarity in an era when young female singers frequently have difficulty climbing the charts — her second single, “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” (co-written by Ashley Monroe), didn’t get near the Top 25. In a post-“Tomatogate” world, Pope’s not afraid to attribute some her struggle to unfair treatment. “It has a lot to do with being a female in country music,” she says. “We get a little bit more of a difficult journey.”

But this hasn’t discouraged the singer — quite the opposite, in fact. “I really pulled from that [experience] in a positive way,” she says. “I haven’t let it bring me down or make me want to quit. It’s actually added fuel to my fire.”

She believes radio consultant Keith Hill’s controversial analogy about women only being the tomatoes in country radio’s salad sparked an important debate for the future of country music — and for the reception of her sophomore solo album. “It was quite obvious that there were more men in country music than women — at least more men being played on the radio,” she notes. “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.”

Pope’s ready to give those fans something to clamor for. She’s been playing a new song, “I Am Invincible” in her live shows, and it’s possible that the track will be her next single. No tears here: “I’m invincible,” she sings on the soaring hook, her voice buttressed by heavy power chords. “I’m unbreakable, I’m unstoppable, I’m a hero, like a phoenix from the ash.”

“I Am Invincible” is the result of a focused burst of creativity. Pope reports that she’s been writing five days a week for the past seven months, with everybody from Liz Rose to Kip Moore, along with powerhouse producer/writer Nathan Chapman and Lady Antebellum singer Charles Kelley. Her record label president, Scott Borchetta has also been heavily involved in the studio. “I have way more songs than I need,” Pope acknowledges. “It’s exciting; it’s a good problem to have.”

Though she has a surplus of material, Pope is going to take her time to make sure her next record comes out the way she wants it. “The sophomore album is in many ways scarier and more intimidating than the first one,” she recognizes. “I want to make sure that I’m explaining myself and explaining where I am in my life perfectly with these songs.”

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