Hot on the high black heels of her Grand Ole Opry debut, Cassadee Pope unveiled the music video for “Wasting All These Tears,” Thursday (July 18) on VEVO after streaming exclusively for 24 hours on CMT. Shot in Nashville’s Germantown, the Brian Lazzaro-directed cinematic journey of oft-explored heart-shattering betrayal is captured with flashbacks of Pope’s fleeting moments of young love spiraling into the discovery of her lover’s deceit.
Unerasable memories of her boyfriend (fortunately not portrayed by Rian Dawson of All Time Low) haunt Pope as she battles brokenness in the bedroom, drinks the pain away in the bathroom and wastes tears in the rain. The stunning starlet overcomes the emotional bruises when she rocks out with her band in an abandoned warehouse.
Painted-armed Pope displays her strength in character, but more so in her soaring vocal performance. Although comparable to Avril Lavigne, the 23-year-old beltress introduces somewhat of her own subgenre. Co-written by Caitlyn Smith and Rollie Gaalswyk with elite production by Dann Huff, the country-rock track capitalizes on Pope’s pop vocal styling, first showcased in former band Hey Monday, to further break barriers in the current country genre. The single and video are a glimpse of Pope’s forthcoming solo studio album, slated for an October release through Republic Nashville.
The former pop rocker has traded in her black nail polish, Converse and teenage angst for pink lip gloss, glimmering gowns and girl-powered anthems. The Nashville newcomer won over country audiences due to recent performances at the 2013 CMT Music Awards and on the country-wide Rascal Flatts’ Live & Loud tour, alongside label mates The Band Perry. Pope’s rite of passage into country music was solidified Tuesday (July 16) after opening for Darius Rucker at the Opry.
Although the album is not expected until fall, fans can tune in to a CMT docu-series premiering in a few weeks which will closely follow Pope’s life since “The Voice,” between studio sessions with Dann Huff, Nathan Chapman and Max Martin, and sold-out arena performances on the road.
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