It's a new day for Cassadee Pope. The spritely singer best known as the frontwoman of pop-punk outfit Hey Monday sets off this week on her first-ever solo tour, and to help set the tone for her intimate, acoustic performances, she's recorded a soulful rendition of "Torn", the infectious, angsty 90s smash made famous by Natalie Imbruglia (though originally recorded by alt-rock band Ednaswap). It's an intriguing hint of what may be on the horizon for Pope as she prepares to road-test a handful of her own original songs. Listen below and you'll see the Hey Monday singer has talent for days.
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What makes "Torn" the perfect song for Pope to cover? "I absolutely love it. It's one of those songs that you can take and twist in any which way you want, so I decided to take the more intimate approach," she said in a new video. (See the full video today on Buzznet). Indeed, she slows down the original enough to draw just a little extra ache from the lyrics, and her vocals — often cranked up for maximum sunniness on Hey Monday's hits — sound beautifully delicate against the piano and violins.
Pope has said she expects to play what the fans want to hear on her new tour, and we expect they're going to want to her this one every night. (If you'd like to see for yourself, you'll have a chance to win tickets this week on Buzznet and PureVolume).
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