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. 

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It's Gonna Sting ...Giving It Away... 

How do you honor a mans life who was so loyal, careful, loving unconditionally beyond a shadow of a doubt with a heart as big as the night sky? I've written countless songs about my family and especially my "Diddy" but none as special as STING. This week preparing for the tummy  has been full of a rollercoaster of emotions...excitement...nervousness..tears. Lots of them. I've cried myself to sleep almost every single night since my Dad passed away. This week was the 6 month anniversary of his passing and it feels like yesterday. When my Dad learned of my love for music, he and my Mom did everything in their power to help me succeed at it. They supported me in my goals, allowed me comfort with calls home during my travels, helped me soar with my free spirit and put up with my out of the box shenanigans. My entire life  as I strived to "succeed" in music my folks were my biggest fans....when even I wasn't sure what the end goal was. At some point in my earlier life I would have loved to have won a Grammy or charted on Billboard...but that didn't come and that was then....Sure I could keep trying for those and maybe even accomplish them someday.....heck I still might who knows.....But the difference between me and that girl long ago is that in December that a few weeks before he left us my Dad told me he was  so very proud of me...and all of a sudden those heavy dreams that I carried around all these years seemed to get lighter. And as difficult as saying goodbye to my Diddy helped me see this life in a new light. Success isn't making more social media fans, or selling more downloads, or chasing big stages and lights, or even about how much money you make. Success isn't about wanting more and more and more. I've learned through my Dad that NONE  of this is about me. IT NEVER WAS. My gift was given to me because there is a bigger picture...I'm supposed to share it. Give it to others.

Picasso once said ...The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose in life is to GIVE IT AWAY. 

My Dad always loved "STING" and he couldn't wait to see what the world thought of it...but when he got sick my focus changed and I postponed recording it. Until one afternoon he sat me down and asked me to record a version with me singing it for his celebration of life. Mom, Dad and I all cried and hugged and tried to find some peace in the planning (which was impossible for me to do.)...The hard part was saying goodbye....losing my rock....but it was even harder to hear  the song we wrote played as the paul bearers carried "Diddy" away. It's taken alot of time and alot of processing to get to a place where I could share this special gift with the world. But today I give my gift away....and I hope it becomes a special way for each person out there to heal. If you have lost someone you loved, if you are in the midst of saying goodbye yourself may you find peace in the melody, love in the words, and healing in the music....and I have already found peace in beginning the process of giving it away. 

I need to say a special thanks to my co-writers Jerry Salley and Jim McBride ...I'm so happy I almost fell over in front of your table at the Pensacola Songwriter's Festival..and even more thankful that you two big time writers gave a little ole beginner like me a chance. Thanks to Andrew Adams and Maddy Dinsmore for producing such a simply beautiful video and capturing some of the footage so Diddy could see it recorded. Jason Schmidt- I couldn't have done this without you. Thank you for putting together such an incredible team of musicians and for helping me capture the essence of the song. Rory Rositas- You always create amazing sounds, your skills are off the charts and I am so grateful you helped us produce this one, to the musicians who brought their talent to the table ( thank you for being a part of such an emotional session and keeping the laughter in the room as much as possible!), to those who donated to Dad's Bucket List and Eat My Beats for hosting the benefit concert and to all of the volunteers, donors, musicians, and bands who played in it you went above and beyond. To all of my fans, friends, family, 30A Family, and extended music family who have stood by me through the ups and down's this year...THANK YOU!

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