"If I believed in an idea, I'd work with it until it was powerful enough to hold it's own within the context of the album. As producers, I feel like it's a huge step forward for my friends and I... I set out to use a distinctive palate to paint this picture," said Ron Pope of his latest album Calling Off the Dogs. Pope is a musical Renaissance man; writing, composing, producing, recording and managing his own career.
The Atlanta native grew up listening to Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and The Band. Pope left his hometown to pursue his first love, baseball, and played for Rutgers University. After a career-ending injury, the door opened up for Ron to pursue his other dream, to move and inspire people with soulful songs. Pope put his childhood musical influences to use, blending the grit of blues, catchiness of pop, and the storytelling of folk music.
Pope earned his stripes as a recording artist after selling out various venues in New York as the frontman for The District, a band he started with a few college friends. His solo career was rooted in a thirst to explore more diverse sounds. His effort paid off when his 2006 song "A Drop In The Ocean" racked up over 28 million views on YouTube. The track was also featured on hit shows "The Vampire Diaries," "90210" and "So You Think You Can Dance."
After four independent albums and 145 singles on iTunes, Pope continues to remove limitations and released his most recent album Calling Off the Dogs. The lead single, "Lick My Wounds" was his first taste of exploration. The video stars his good friend Jillian Rose Reed from MTV's hit show "Awkward," and features characters who are delightfully reminiscent of superheroes from the eighties. It all started when Pope dropped this excellent idea: "Maybe two ladies who are superheroes do battle?" But he ultimately credits his friends at CB Collective for the video's awesomeness.
Calling Off the Dogs consists of eleven brand new tracks and is available anywhere digital albums are sold. Pope will kick off his international tour this month, covering Europe, the United States, and Canada. Catch him if you can.