Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery Help Outnumber Hunger, Dish on New Music
Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery, along with Big Machine Label Group staff and several songwriters, volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville to support Outnumber Hunger.
The Voice champions helped sort and package food to be distributed across 46 counties throughout middle and west Tennessee. All said and done, 14,650 pounds of food from Volunteer Day will provide 11,270 meals to families in need.
"The amazing roster of artists that Big Machine has brought to this partnership has been really exciting," says General Mills' Melissa Kell. "Cassadee was actually the face of our Sam's Club campaign this year ... and that program did meet their goal, donating over two million meals to local food banks."
Pope has been involved since the very beginning of the Outnumber Hunger initiative, which is a partnership between Big Machine, General Mills and Feeding America. "I've always felt very passionate about it because of the numbers," the singer shares. "1 in 6 Americans is struggling with hunger. And I feel like that could be anybody — someone walking down the street past you, a fan in the crowd."
Bradbery adds, "It's so crazy to think that it could be my fans, my friends, and just people that I stand beside every day. You never know. So it's really awesome to help out any chance you can."
Other BMLG volunteers included Valory Music Co.'s recording artist Levi Hummon and songwriters Laura Veltz ("Drunk Last Night", "For a Boy"), Lauren Jenkins and Savannah Keyes.
Of course, fans are eager for new music from both Pope and Bradbery, and when the conversation shifted to that, the girls promised they don't have to wait too long. In fact, "The Heart of Dixie" singer admits her new single will be released this summer.
"I know my fans are like, 'When is it going to be time?!' I think the suspense is kind of exciting for me," Bradbery dishes. "I feel the same way, so I'm not doing it just to be mean. I'm getting to write, and I didn't get a chance to write my first album. With writing, you can get more personal, and I feel like people can really relate."
Pope is also pushing new music soon — she says she feels "very confident" that her sophomore album will be out this year. "And it's very exciting. I'm absolutely in love with the batch of songs that I've written," she says.
The female vocalist is known for getting pretty deep with the subject matter in her songs, but she says fans can expect a bit more playfulness with this next record. "Tapping into my Shania side because I grew up really loving her, and she's a huge influence for me," Pope reveals. "There's some of that rock 'n' roll country in there as well."
Stay tuned to Taste of Country for more from both artists.
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