"CMT Next Women of Country" Tour Announced

November 29, 2018 – Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope reveals the spring 2019 tour dates for her first-ever headlining tour. The 11-date “CMT Next Women Of Country” tour will kick off on April 11 in Tampa, making stops in major cities including Atlanta, Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, before wrapping up in Columbia, MO on May 4 (see below for full list of dates). Cassadee will be joined on tour by fellow “CMT Next Women Of Country” inductees Clare Dunn and Hannah Ellis. VIP packages will be available starting tomorrow, November 30. For more information and on-sale dates in each market, visit  CassadeePope.com.

Cassadee was selected as a member of CMT’s inaugural class of “Next Women of Country” in 2013, recognized as an emerging talent following the release of her #1 debut album Frame By Frame. Cassadee is currently recording her highly-anticipated second album, set for early 2019 release.  The album will feature recently released singles “Take You Home” and “One More Red Light.”

Special guests Clare Dunn and Hannah Ellis were inducted into CMT’s “Next Women of Country” in 2014 and 2017, respectively, and have both been featured as Rolling Stones’ “Artists to Watch.” Clare Dunn is a dynamic new artist on the country music scene who has garnered critical praise as a “masterful guitar player who can do it all” (CMT), and has recently released single “More” as a follow-up to her self-titled EP. Hannah Ellis has received well-deserved attention following the release of her self-titled debut EP last fall, and her current single “Home and a Hometown” has been streamed over 1 million times.

A staunch advocate for country music’s female artists, CMT first launched its “Next Women of Country” campaign in 2013 in an effort to support and expose developing female talent, both signed and unsigned, in a male-dominated format. The campaign showcases emerging female artists across all CMT screens throughout the year, and in five years since its launch, CMT has expanded the initiative to include five CMT Next Women of Country Tours, anchored by superstar acts including Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Sara Evans, a CMT.com digital series, Next Women of Country Live, and more.

Last week, Cassadee kicked off The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s annual Deck the Hall in Nashville, performing her hit songs and holiday classics at their Christmas tree lighting. Tomorrow, November 30, fans can tune into CMT’s Hot20 Live for an interview and special live performance by Cassadee. The live broadcast will begin at 4:30pm CST, and can be seen on CMT’s Facebook page and the Hot20 Countdown’s digital platforms.

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Hannah Ellis

Sounds Like: Forward-thinking country-pop delivered by a songwriter unafraid to draw from today’s musical trends

For Fans of: Jillian Jacqueline, Maren Morris, spontaneous declarations of love

Why You Should Pay Attention: The best country songs parlay our deepest thoughts and emotions into a relatable three minutes and change. Which is why the tracks on Hannah Ellis’ self-titled debut EP, released last fall, succeed. With just over 1.8 million Spotify streams collectively, the songs on the project look at the evolution of both a person and a relationship in reverse. “My EP is laid out in a bit of a retrospective order. It starts with ‘Temporary Feeling’ and ‘ILYSoWhat,’ both written about my current relationship,” says Ellis, “and works its way backwards to where I was before.”

She Says: “[“ILYSoWhat”] was written after my now boyfriend and I had gone to a wedding together, when we were still in the ‘friend zone.’ Afterwards, we went to Robert’s [honky-tonk] on Broadway and I nonchalantly turned to him and told him I was in love with him, and he smiled and said, ‘I know’ and we just went on with the night.” 

Hear for Yourself: With Ellis’s vocals soaring over a heavy pop groove supported by hip-hop hi-hats, “ILYSoWhat” is a contemporary ode to the slow burn of a relationship. L.L.

 

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