So alot has happened in the past year...heartaches, heartbreaks, love, and loss. I've been a little lost ...especially after losing Dad in December. I have to admit I was ready to walk away from music for a while and possibly for good. I struggled daily with "what's the point who is listening anyway" ? It wasn't that I lost my passion at all. It was simply that I hadn't felt "HEARD" in a long time. I've played every kind of show you can imagine...and I had spent so many years touring relentlessly ...pouring my heart out on any stage I could find....exhausting myself most times from traveling so much. I've played to crowds who were so drunk they probably don't remember ever hearing me let alone what songs I sang....I've played to some who hung on every lyric....and where it's so dang quiet you could hear a pin drop in the room. But I think ...I just hadn't felt that I had released anything lately that deeply connected with my audience. I felt like there had been some disconnect between me and my listeners....partly because I was figuring out Nashville and partly bc I was figuring out more about myself creatively...and partly bc I was struggling inside with watching my Dad disappear before me. I wasn't sure if anything I was doing "made sense" to the listener. I felt uneasy. Unsettled. I wrote in so many different styles and genres..and without much direction I pushed forward full steam ahead ....until December. Then I stepped away for many reasons. Some obvious some not. I guess I'm writing this because the step away ...helped. Even though I had to force myself to release STING on father's day....It was the best thing I could have done. It hasn't gone #1 ....like Diddy predicted....but what it did do was save me from giving up on music. After the release of the single....I got tons of emails and messages about STING and how much it touched people's hearts. At a time when I doubted if anyone really "heard" me musically....you guys showed up...and let me know you get it....you hear me.......You shared the video with your friends, You downloaded the Song (thank you so much ) . You promoted my website and download links...and you all helped me connect with new fans!!! But most important of all...you shared your own personal stories with me about losing a loved one. The more emails I read...the closer I felt to ya'll ....and I knew that I was connecting again on a deeper level than I ever had before. I kinda figured out that finally ....I was being heard and was learning from you guys at the same time..... And not only that...but I knew at that point....that I had ALOT more to say...musically. I just want you all to know that I have loved connecting with my fans because of STING and getting to know ya'll more. It's a beautiful thing to share ...this music thing. Thank you for sharing and letting me share. I'm so thrilled to be back at it again!
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HOPE REVEALS VIDEO DEBUT OF "STING" ON FATHER'S DAY AS A TRIBUTE TO HER LATE FATHER
Watch Hope Cassity's "Behind The Scenes" Video for "Sting" on Father's Day Sunday June 19, 2016 . A tribute to Joseph W. Daniels.
A song can sometimes come first in life to help prepare you for what's next. "Sting" is an emotional tune for Nashville recording artist & singer/songwriter Hope Cassity. The song was written 3 years before it came to be true with her good friends and hit writers Jerry Salley and Jim McBride. The three penned the classic country ballad at the Pensacola Songwriter's Festival after a chance meeting and last minute writing session. She knew it was special when they wrote it but never expected it to become her reality years later. Her Dad (Diddy) fell in love with the song the first time he heard it with Rebecca Lynn Howard singing the demo.
And as time passed and the lyrics became their real life circumstances it was obvious this song was the most special one Cassity would ever write. When her father became more ill and got the news that he wouldn't receive the life saving transplant he needed he asked one last request of his daughter. To record the song with her singing the demo so it could be played at his funeral. As hard as this was, Cassity packed and left her Dad's side to head to Nashville to record it.
Joe Daniels never saw the final version of the video as he passed a few hours before it was completed. His daughter was able to share some of the footage with him and listen to the song by his bedside before they said their final farewell. He went to his heavenly home on December 16, 2015. As family and friends gathered to pay their respects and say goodbye, "Sting" played quietly in the background of a small chapel in the quaint southern town of Monroeville, Alabama. Honoring the simple yet loving life her father led, a slideshow of pictures from Joe's bucket list trips and travels flickered and scrolled on the wall of the church as the eulogy was given.
"Sting" is by far the most meaningful song that Cassity has ever written. While it has taken her 6 months to come to terms with losing her Dad, now she is ready to share it with the world.
"I know he would have wanted "Sting" to have a chance for others to hear it and connect with it. From the first time he heard the iPhone work tape, my Dad thought that this song was by far my best work. He told me he thought it was the greatest song I'd ever written and he believed this was the one that would launch my career. I guess I've been afraid of it failing. Afraid of letting him down if it didn't succeed the way he thought it would. It's been six months and not a day goes by that I don't fall to pieces from missing him. I was a Daddy's girl so losing him has been the hardest thing I've ever done. But I do know that this song touched our family in such a way that just maybe it can help others through their grief. My only hope for "Sting" as we release it on Father's Day for my "Diddy" is that those who have lost loved ones and especially those who have lost their Dad's connect with it, heal or find peace this Father's Day. " -Hope Cassity
Andrew Adams and Maddy Dinsmore filmed behind the scenes and produced the video for Cassity. Jason Schmidt & Rory Rositas, produced the track at Omni Studios. At the end of the session, Schmidt captured an emotional and tearfilled conversation between Hope and her parents. Don't push stop when the music ends because Hope allows her fans an intimate look into the session when she shares the talk with her Dad and Mom. The video closes with her late father's voice being the last thing you hear. Watch the video and share it with all of your friends but make sure to have the kleenex handy. This one will hit you in the heart.