Cassadee Pope’s Summer of Individuality

New Four-Song EP Out Now

If being different is wrong, then Cassadee Pope doesn’t want to be right.

In her song “Alien,” the closer of her new four-track Summer EP, Pope celebrates self-acceptance whether you’re a band geek, a popular kid, brokenhearted or a heartbreaker.

“I feel like we all have some contradicting things about ourselves and it’s ok,” she says. “As adults, we’re expected to be this certain way. We’re just too complex for that. I wish we were all allowed to be our crazy selves, do whatever we want and show all our different colors. That’s what the song’s about.”

Pope has always marched to the beat of her own drum. Growing up in West Palm Beach, Florida, she found her voice trying several school activities including cheer and chorus.

“My chorus teacher was a little mad that I was cheering at the same time, because you have to scream,” Pope says. “Of course, eventually I had to give up cheerleading just to save my voice. But yeah, I was all over the place.”

She was also rocking her first tattoo when she was voted homecoming queen.

“I just feel like everybody has their own thing and you should embrace that, especially in your adult life,” she says.

The lead title single is a sweet reflection of summer flings, while “Piano” is a great reminder of how smart women sometimes have a hard time spotting red flags. In the ballad, “Kisses at Airports,” written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Chase McGill, Pope sings of making every goodbye count.

“I’ve seen so many people in the Armed Forces come and go at airports and I’ve seen them being welcomed back,” Pope says. “You can’t help but get emotional when you see that. … You should let the people you love know that you care about them all the time. You never know what might happen.”

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.