She made a stop in both her professional and personal life for a year and now Cassadee Pope is officially back. Last month, The Voice of season 3 winner released her single Take You Home and we brought an exclusive first look at the new music video.
Talking with PEOPLE regarding her new music video, Cassadee said,
It was fun to do music through that time because that’s therapy for me. It’s something I lean on in the good and bad times.
Take You Home is the 28-year-old songstress' first release since her 2016 EP, Summer, and the first since she made the decision to leave her record label, Big Machine.
I got to a point where I felt like everybody saw me in a specific way, when I had changed so much over the years. I inherited my whole team from The Voice, from management to the label to the lawyers — everything. They saw me come off of a show where I wasn’t sure really where to go.
Then, I got to the point where I was like, ‘You know what? I really know who I am, I don’t think they get it and that’s okay, but I think we’re both at a crossroads where we don’t really understand each other. When I felt creatively stunted, that’s when I knew that it was time to leave. I hadn’t been an independent artist in a really long time so I just felt this massive urge to just be free of that and to do things myself and it’s been such an awesome experience.
Cassadee first decided to make 'Take You Home' last year after a friend sent it to her saying it would fit her vibe.
Immediately, I fell in love with it,
Among the reasons Cassadee was drawn to the song was, her best friend, Emily Weisband, wrote it and sang on the demo. At the time, she thought it would be more fun that it was originally written from a male’s perspective.
I always gravitate towards those lyrics because I feel like sometimes, as women, we feel like we can’t say certain things or show those bold sides to our personalities. It’s not all about being mad at a guy for breaking your heart. It’s about other things like being bold enough to tell a guy, ‘Hey, I’m into you. I would love to bring you to my hometown and you can see where I’m from.’ So that drew me to it as well.
Talking about the music video, which also features her tour bandmates, Cassadee says she wanted to “let the song speak for itself.”
I wanted the video to be a great backbone to it and make it come to life, but I didn’t want it to be so on the nose to where I was acting out the music video exactly what I was singing. I love the inconspicuous vibe of where exactly am I driving in the taxi? I like that it’s open to interpretation and everybody can put their own spin on it.
Cassadee has been able to live out the meaning of “Take You Home” to an extent with her new boyfriend Sam Palladio.
Cassadee first met Sam a few years ago at an afterparty, but she says she never saw him again until their second meeting in December.
He came to one of my shows in Miami which is sort of near where I’m from and my grandpa came out. The way my family works is everybody is really in Nashville now, so going back to my hometown in West Palm [Beach, Florida] would definitely be different from bringing a boyfriend home 10 years ago because everybody would have still been there.
But I definitely am eager to bring him to this little town in Pennsylvania where my mom’s side are all from because we still have my great-grandparents’ house there. I grew up with all these people in that town so it’d be fun to take him there. We’ll see! Maybe someday in the future.