Following its premiere on US music channel CMT yesterday, GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope has released the latest in a series of performance videos from her 2020 acoustic album Rise And Shine; a stripped-back version of fan favourite ‘California Dreaming‘, which finds her harmonising with Sam Palladio in front of a fittingly nostalgic summer scene, projected on a large screen behind them.
Directed by Lee Goff, and complete with palm trees and shots of the ocean, the video provides the perfect backdrop for the song, which the Platinum-certified artist co-wrote with Shane Stevens (Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Carrie Underwood) and Alex Kline (Mitchell Tenpenny, Maggie Rose, Erin Enderlin), with lyrics lamenting a failed romance:
“This Nashville night is where I should be /
But my soul keeps searching for my California dream.”
Produced by Pope with Todd Lombardo, the new album has received wide acclaim, with People describing “an intimate aesthetic that showcases her vocal gifts,” and Forbes noting: “Pope’s singing is marked by its clarity – fitting, as her emotion is exposed.” The final video in the series, for title track and current UK/European single ‘Rise And Shine’ will be released just before the end of the year, on December 23rd.