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Ron Pope in New York City
|Born||July 23, 1983|
Background and career
Pope was raised in Marietta, Georgia. He attended East Cobb Middle School and Joseph Wheeler High School. He began playing the guitar at an early age due to an obsession with Bruce Springsteen.
After high school, he attended Rutgers University for two years to play baseball. After a career-ending injury, he transferred to New York University in 2003 to pursue his interest in music. After joining a songwriting circle with fellow students, he met friends and future band mates, Zach Berkman and Paul Hammer. In 2007, he co–wrote the internet hit "A Drop in the Ocean" with Zach Berkman. From there, they created The District with Chris Kienel, Will Frish and Mike Clifford. Following success as a college band, they toured for two years and recorded three albums: The District, The District Does Christmas, and Last Call. In December 2010, The District reunited to record "Wellfleet"
In March 2008, Pope performed on MTV's TRL as a featured up-and-coming artist. Independently, he wrote, produced, and released four full-length albums: Daylight (2008), The Bedroom Demos (2009), Goodbye, Goodnight (2009) and Hello, Love (2010).
In May 2009, Pope signed a year-long recording contract with record label Universal Republic, with whom he released two singles, "A Drop in the Ocean" and "I Believe". Since leaving the label, he has produced and released his music independently.
Ron founded the record label, Brooklyn Basement Records, alongside his wife, Blair. The roster now includes rock artist Truett.
On March 6, 2017, he took part in a benefit concert celebrating the music of Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall.
He has had two songs placed on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance in both Canada and the US. He was featured in the season three premiere of The Vampire Diaries on The CW. "A Drop in the Ocean" was performed on the UK television show Made in Chelsea by the British reality star Caggie Dunlop, and also in the fourth season of 90210. He also guest starred in season 3 episode 17 of Nashville.
Pope is married to Blair Pope, who runs the label he founded, Brooklyn Basement Records.
|Album||Year of release|
|The Bedroom Demos||2009|
|The New England Sessions||2010|
|Ron Pope Live & Unplugged in New York||2010|
|Whatever It Takes||2011|
|Calling Off The Dogs||2014|
|Ron Pope and the Nighthawks||2016|
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