Hope Cassity was raised in Monroeville, Alabama, the place made famous by the enormous success of Harper Lee’s Novel “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Stories were as much a part of daily life as the rural commute into town, so it is no wonder this emotional singer eventually grew into a multi-talented singer/songwriter.
In 2007, Cassity released a much anticipated Americana/Folk inspired album “Running in November” along with her debut music video “On the Point of Breaking” filmed in Austin, Tx. The album received rave reviews and she earned her first of two nominations for Dallas Best Female Vocalist. A national tour built a strong fan base for the hopeful singer/songwriter and she quickly became a rising star. Television and radio appearances followed along with having her song "He Stole my Radio" chosen as the theme song for "GIRLS WHO SURF" documentary slated to air on the Discovery Channel.
Upon returning home from the tour, a terminal illness threatened her father’s life. She retreated to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to be near her family and focus on her writing. She must have found some of her old Patsy Cline vinyl because her songs took a familiar turn towards her southern roots. Soon after settling back in Alabama, Cassity was selected in the top 5 out of thousands of contestants in the ABC3340's Original Artist Competition. Cassity began touring again with a set list full of new songs. Her emotional performances of "Fifty Years" a song about her grandmother's battle with cancer and "Slow Down" a touching ballad about a Dad's advice for his daughter grabbed audience members by the heart. It was obvious that Cassity's ability to be vulnerable had the power to silence even the chattiest of crowds. A true story, a silly one or a maybe phone call to mom that she shares on stage with the crowd are just a few things that makes this artist unique. Not many performers can so quickly tear down the unspoken boundary between them and the group of strangers listening to their diary of songs. Cassity makes it seem effortless.
Cassity has now relocated to Nashville, Tn and is being noticed. As hard-working as she is talented, Cassity is already earning respect from her musical counterparts. She was picked up by publishing company Sharp Objects on music row best known for #1 singles from Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, and Alan Jackson. This year she performed at 2010 CMA Fest and she continues to knock the socks off her listeners at her live shows throughout the southeast.
Keep your ears peeled because she shines on her own soon to be hit single "Sweet Southern Sun" scheduled for radio release in 2011. For Cassity, a dream was realized when “Sweet Southern Sun” was sponsored by Beach CITE Studios, Inc. " I am so blessed to have been given this opportunity. "
Recording the single was just what she needed because it landed Cassity backing to finish her entire album titled "Just like a Movie Scene". She is spending her time tracking with A-list players and producers Rory Rositas and Gary Jannaman at OMNI SOUND STUDIO in Nashville, Tn. Players included on the project are Grammy Award winning fiddle player Glen Duncan (Faith Hill, George Jones) , Steve Hinson steele (Jamey Johnson, Josh Turner), Jeff Roach keys (Carrie Underwood) , Jason Shmidt, Matt Anderson, and Nick Sturms.
The album is slated for an early 2011 release. Spring and Summer tours are being planned to promote the project. When not touring, Cassity can be found tracking her songs on music row or co-writing. In her free time she supports charities that are close to her heart such as Stand up to Cancer.
Stay tuned for more info on HOPE CASSITY’S single release and debut country album that will be available on I-Tunes, Cd Baby, DigStation, and in a store near you!
A note from HOPE :
Cassity states, " There are a million things I need to do today...but only one of them I love. I have spent my life writing songs to heal, to find joy, and to express how I view the world and what is happening around me. It’s what makes sense to me...and the stage is the only place my free spirit has ever felt at home. Most don’t understand it...and I can’t deny it. I have deep rooted love affair with the craft of songwriting...and the freedom it gives me as an artist. My only wish is that some lyric or melody you find within my songs can keep you company for awhile..like the “Sweet Southern Sun” has always done for me."- HC 2010
Hope Cassity-Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
"Just like a Movie Scene"
To be released in early 2011
Sweet Southern Sun
Running In November
Debut Music Video-"On the Point of Breaking"
Video of "SUNDAY DRIVE"
Cover of Landslide " SKYE IDOL SEMI FINALS"
HOPE CASSITY TOP 25 in MUSIC CITY SONGWRITING COMPETITION
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jim Coughlin, Executive Director (251) 981-1989 www.beachcitestudi...FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jim Coughlin, Executive Director
(251) 981-1989 www.beachcitestudios.org
HOPE CASSITY, SONGWRITER, is in the TOP 25 of OVER 1000 CONTESTANTS
December 15th – ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA – Beach CITE Studios, Inc. proudly announces that Hope Cassity, our Director of Artist Relations is in the top 25 finalists in the running for the grand prize winner of the Nashville “Music City Songwriting Competition.” For the past four years the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau has conducted this world-wide search for the best original song and this year has partnered with Rodney Atkins, SIRIUS|XM Satellite Radio, Southwest Airlines, Durango, Warner Music Nashville, NowPlayingNashville.com, GAC, f.y.e., and Renaissance Nashville Hotel to make it all happen.
Hope Cassity’s original song, “Sweet Southern Sun”, was actually written right here at Beach CITE Studios. “When we heard it the very first time we all knew it was a special song” said Jim Coughlin, Executive Director of Beach CITE Studios. BCS ultimately decided to sponsor the production of the single “Sweet Southern Sun”, and it was recorded at Omni Studios in Nashville Tennessee.
Over 1000 entries were submitted, these 25 songs will now be judged by a panel of top names in the Nashville music industry, including Curb recording artist Rodney Atkins, Sr. VP of A&R for Warner Music Nashville Scott Hendricks, Red Light Management's Fletcher Foster, ASCAP's Membership Relations executive Mike Sistad, music executive Alex Torrez, GAC Host and Sirius XM radio personality Storme Warren and Nashville CVB President Butch Spyridon. Judges will rate each song based on the following criteria: melody, composition, originality, lyrics and, most importantly, commercial appeal.
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Southern Songwriters to perform at the supper club
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Although he isn’t a singer, Kevin Clements has been playing music for almost 40 years. The Monroevil...Although he isn’t a singer, Kevin Clements has been playing music for almost 40 years. The Monroeville, Ala., native is a songwriter who has written country music since he was 16.
Clements has performed at songwriter’s festivals for years and recently had the idea to host one in Auburn. Clements’ wife is a first cousin of Supper Club owner John Brandt and the two of them thought the Supper Club would be the perfect venue.
“It’s a good venue,” Clements said of Supper Club.
Brandt held a Songwriter’s Festival last year and although he didn’t have one planned for this year he told Clements that if they’d plan it he’d host it.
Clements contacted songwriters from around the area he had performed festivals with or that he admired and booked the festival. More than 10 songwriters will take the stage at Supper Club this weekend. A few of the songwriters include, Rick Carter, Davis Raines, Mark Robinson, John Byrd, Pamela Jackson, Katherine Kimbrough and Hope Cassity.
One of the songwriters booked for the show, Cassity, has been playing music since she was a kid. She began singing as festivals when she was 7and even performed on “Star Search.” She began writing her own music in high school and picked up a guitar to acompany her lyrics.
The Monroeville, Ala., native moved to Texas where she made a name for herself playing local coffee shops and wineries and was picked up by a national tour and then nominated for a “Best Female Vocalist” award.
A little over a year ago, Cassity decided to follow her dream to Nashville. Within three months she was signed by a publishing company to pitch her songs. Although while in Nashville she writes more than she performs, Cassity said she’s a performer at heart.
“I’m a performer at heart and I’m a songwriter by birth,” she said. “I really love to storytell. I love it all. If it has to do with music it love it.”
Songwriter Davis Raines grew up in rural Alabama. After high school he took a job as a prison guard overseeing death row. The stories from the prison made their way into his music.
“Those songs about dark behaviors and sins appealed to me because they make the most compelling stories,” Raines said.
Raines also followed his music dreams to Nashville in the mid-’90s and has released several albums since and has had his music recorded by well-known musicians that include Tillis and Kenny Rogers.
The War Eagle Supper Club Songwriter’s Festival will take place this Sunday, Nov. 7. Music will start around 3:30 p.m. and will last until around 10 p.m. Cover is $5.
Email for set list -Usually 70 percent original and 30 percent covers if covers are required.