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CMT Next Women of Country Featuring Cassadee Pope with Clare Dunn & Hannah Ellis

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

CMT Next Women of Country Featuring Cassadee Pope with Clare Dunn & Hannah Ellis

Clare Dunn, Hannah Ellis

Fri, May 3, 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


Des Moines, IA

$15.00 - $40.00

This event is all ages

Cassadee Pope
Cassadee Pope
Changes often make us stronger than ever before.

In 2017, everything shifted for GRAMMY® Award-nominated platinum-certified country hit maker Cassadee Pope. She restructured her team, parted ways with the major label that served as her home for five years and endured the dissolution of a relationship. In the aftermath, she doubled down creatively and channeled those changes into the boldest, brightest, and biggest music of her career empowered by newfound confidence, inspiring independence, and true happiness.

“It was really important and pivotal for me to go through all of these life changes, because now I’m in the best place I’ve ever been,” she admits. “Honestly, I never knew how to be this happy. I didn’t even know I was capable of it. I always felt like I was afraid of starting over and not finding anything as good or better than what I had. As a result, I’m becoming who I was meant to be as an artist and a person. I can definitely say I’ve grown.” And, you can hear that in the progression of the music.

Truth is, Pope had already laid the ground work for such an evolution.

The singer’s powerhouse voice, inimitable presence, and endless charm transformed her into a force of nature beloved by millions worldwide. Following her victory on Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice, her 2013 full-length debut, Frame By Frame, bowed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and Top 10 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart. Its lead single “Wasting All These Tears” not only notched an RIAA platinum certification, but it also achieved “Breakthrough Video of the Year” at the CMT Music Awards in 2014. Additionally, she would receive nominations at the American Country Awards and People’s Choice Awards, to name a few.

During 2016, she also teamed with Chris Young for the No. 1 hit “Think Of You” and garnered a 2017 GRAMMY® nod in the category of Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Along the way, she toured with everybody from Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley to Young and Rascal Flatts, as well as making fiery appearances at Stagecoach and the UK’s C2C: Country to Country.

Throughout this time, Pope made significant creative strides as a lyricist and performer.

“This is a new chapter,” she continues. “Lyrically, it’s really self-assured and reflective of where I am. The music is sweet and vulnerable, but it’s also confident and sexy. There are no boundaries in terms of the music and I’m not afraid to cross the line and go a little rock ‘n’ roll either. It’s definitely new territory for me all around.”

The first single “Take You Home” kicks off this phase with swagger, style, and substance. Punctuated by confessional lyrics, it swings towards a guitar-driven refrain as she croons, “I wanna take you home.”

“When you meet someone, there’s a moment where you want to show this other person where you’re from and exactly why you are the way you are,” she explains. “‘Take You Home’ speaks to that. You’re showing this guy that there are lots of layers to you. It’s not about just a one-night stand; it’s about really understanding. It’s also very in-your-face musically, really intimate, and a little seductive. I’m in love with it!”

Fans everywhere will be too. In the end, Cassadee’s music resounds and resonates on a new level in 2018 and beyond.

“My main goal is for people to relate,” she leaves off. “Going through tough times, crazy times, and even happy times, you want to feel like you’re not alone. When audiences hear this, I hope they think, “Oh, there she is. This is the Cassadee we knew was there, but never quite got in the past.’ Recently, a longtime fan said to me, ‘You’re truly happy. You remind me of that excited Cassadee from 2008 again.’ Hearing those words just meant so much to me. This new music is real. It’s my story. You’re getting the most authentic version of me.”
Clare Dunn
Clare Dunn
u·nique (yo␣o␣-nēk′)
1. Being the only one of its kind
2. Without an equal or equivalent; unparalleled.

Born on a farm in southeast Colorado near the Oklahoma panhandle, Clare's roots run deep in the heart of Dust Bowl country. Working cattle, hauling water, driving combines, tractors and eighteen wheelers from a young age all were a part of everyday life. When your closest neighbor is six miles away, and many hours are spent behind the wheel of a John Deere Tractor on the family farm, a work ethic becomes ingrained in your soul. During the miles burned up hauling water to cattle, Clare dreamed of creating her own music.

Driving 45 miles to high school each day, Clare achieved All-State basketball and volleyball recognition in high school. After graduating in a class of eight, Clare's chance to fully pursue her dream came with college. After a brief college stint in Texas, and with a very supportive family, she relocated to Nashville to attend Belmont College. She paid her way through Belmont University by driving a silage truck for harvest through Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska during every academic break she could. During this time she also picked up a guitar for the first time determined to master both acoustic and electric guitars.

After graduating from Belmont with honors she signed her first publishing deal as a songwriter and hasn't looked back. Involved with every aspect that goes into the creative process, from writing her debut single "Get Out" with co-writer and producer Ben West, to playing guitars on the track, to singing background vocals, Clare's music is a true representation of all the things that make her who she is. A farm girl with a vision and sound forged from life experiences, combined with the work ethic and passion for her dream of music. She has forged relationships and written with some of the most highly regarded songwriters in Nashville and LA, including Hillary Lindsey, David Hodges, Troy Verges, busbee, Liz Rose, Angelo, Terry McBride, Brice Long, Will Hoge, Chris Lindsey, Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman, and more. Clare recently signed a world-wide publishing agreement with BMG/Chrysalis.

Touring, she has opened for Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Parmalee, Hank Jr., Jamey Johnson and others as well as played major festivals. The first reaction from promoters and buyers is always the same.....”I didn’t realize that you were that good and actually played guitar”. With the single “Get Out” gong to radio, the world will see how unique Clare Dunn, her music and her live performance is in the world of country music.
Hannah Ellis
Hannah Ellis
Hannah Ellis is a country artist from Campbellsville, Kentucky. Ellis grew up competing in every small town contest she could get her boots in and has opened for country super stars Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Russell Dickerson and more. After graduating from University of Kentucky in 2012, Hannah moved to Nashville, Tennessee. In 2015 she competed in Season 8 of The Voice and made it to the televised portion of the show before continuing home. She signed with Word Country Publishing later that year and has since received multiple country cuts by artists like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Russell Dickerson, Danielle Bradbery and Keith Urban. Hannah has played the Gulf Coast Jam, CMA Fest in Nashville, TN, and the National Police Officer Memorial Service in Washington, DC. where she had the privilege of performing her song ‘Officer Down’ on the steps of the United States Capitol building in front of 50,000 people. Most recently, Hannah released her debut self-titled EP, containing her current single “Temporary Feeling” and was since inducted into the CMT Next Women of Country Class of 2018. For Ellis, it is about being vulnerable and putting into words what others are feeling; music is about connecting.
Venue Information:
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309