Hope Cassity

It’s no coincidence that Hope Cassity’s first name is usually associated with words like belief, optimism, faith, and love. Those are the very principles that have gotten her thru the Nashville “hard knocks” school of music to eventually earn her place as a respected songsmith on Music Row.

Working alongside greats like #1 hitmaker Jim McBride and Grammy award winning writer Jerry Salley (Outlaw State of Mind, Chris Stapleton) , Cassity’s self awareness and maturity rival even the most experienced in the business.

With multiple cuts by the popular Indie Rock duo Penny Rae, Cassity proves that as a writer, she knows no boundaries or labels. In fact, her song “Closure” became the first single off their self titled album and consequently, her song “Alabama River” was chosen as the first single from their second album. The videos for the Penny Rae songs aired on 40+TV networks nationwide alongside major label acts such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum.

She also penned “Out of My Mind” with Victoria Camp of the rising female group from Alabama, Sweet Tea Trio. So it’s no surprise that Cassity was a three time Nashville Country Music Association Nominee (NCMA), including a winner for NCMA Female Vocalist of the Year in ??? (give year). She was a top 25 Finalist in the Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition and was one of four artists selected to perform at the World Sync Summit.

And to think—the poised artist who once performed at the Biloxi Arena to a crowd of almost 30,000 was once a spunky eight year old captivating audiences on the TV show Star Search. But her first talent show was for her neighbors to the sounds of Patsy, Elvis, Loretta, and Johnny in the rural town of Repton, Alabama. And she owes it all to a dusty old 8 track tape player she found in her parents’ attic.

Raised by devoted and deeply rooted hard workers, (feel free to change these words and put in your own adjectives about your parents. I’m going on what I’m reading), Hope’s world came crashing down with the death of her father in 2015 from illness. Her emotional tribute, “Sting”, co written with McBride and Salley, comforted him during his final days with his family by his bedside. Being that it was her dad’s favorite song, it was also played at his funeral per his request with a touching video produced shortly thereafter.

On top of her father’s passing, Cassity’s own health battles, including an eight year stint with Multiple Sclerosis, almost ended her career. But a second chance thanks to a stem cell transplant from her own stem cells has halted her symptoms 100% and given her a new lease on life.

Traveling around the southeast, armed with only a guitar, her philosophy is simple: if she hasn’t lived it or can’t relate to it, she doesn’t write or sing it. Her easy listening melodies and honest words are enough to break down the toughest of genre barriers with influences of rock, blues, and classic country. Her effortless tone is reminiscent of Patty Loveless and Emmylou Harris, while her evanescence and at times, rocker chicesque performances are enough to capture even the most distracted audiences of today. She brings audiences to tears while bringing them to their feet.

She creates pin-drop silence in the chattiest of rooms, and she inspires budding songwriters with her unrelenting work ethic and her generous heart.

Encouraging the venues to connect with charities, she helped raise over $30k with a monthly original music charity event she created and hosted for three years called “Tips For Tuscaloosa”. Hope Cassity gives back to others because she knows it’s not about how many times you get knocked down. It’s about having the courage to get back up. And with her new leadoff single,” If I Only Had a Heart” (Rob Redwine), she is standing taller than ever and releasing the most intense, heartfelt music of her career.

“If I Only Had A Heart”

Having paid her dues singing in bars, living rooms, wineries, fairs and festivals, Cassity will continue to perform on any stage that allows her to share her story and her passion with listeners. And in a business that all too often shelves its strongest females, Cassity proves that she cannot be tucked away in a corner.

Not when she has an open road to travel and the moon and the stars as her guide. Because after all, she will always be finding Hope.

The Word On The Street: “HOPE CASSITY’S VOICE IS WHAT IS NEEDED ON RADIO TODAY,” According to Erin at Hank FM 92.1 and The Ranch 95.9 in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas.

“Hope performs her finely crafted songs with skill, grace and integrity. Whether it’s one of her heartfelt ballads or romping sing-a-longs, she has an uncanny knack for connecting directly with the listener. She has consistently won over the hearts of our audiences and has quickly become one of the fan favorites at our festival.” – Jim & Laurie Halfpenny, Producers – Drippings Springs Songwriters Festival –Austin, TX

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