Ron Pope

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Ron Pope
Ron Pope at The Bitter End in New York City.jpg
Ron Pope in New York City
Background information
Born (1983-07-23) July 23, 1983 (age 34)
Genres Pop, rock
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Years active 2003–present

Ronald Michael Pope (born July 23, 1983) is an American pop and rock singer-songwriter. He is currently based in New York City.

Background and career[edit]

Pope was raised in Marietta, Georgia.[1] He attended East Cobb Middle School and Joseph Wheeler High School.[2] He began playing the guitar at an early age due to an obsession with Bruce Springsteen.[citation needed]

After high school, he attended Rutgers University for two years to play baseball.[3] 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"[4]

In March 2008, Pope performed on MTV's TRL as a featured up-and-coming artist.[5] 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,[3][6] 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.

Television placements[edit]

He has had two songs placed on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance[7] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Pope is married to Blair Pope, who runs the label he founded, Brooklyn Basement Records.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Album Year of release
Last Call 2007
Daylight 2008
The Bedroom Demos 2009
Goodbye, Goodnight 2009
Hello, Love 2009
The New England Sessions 2010
Ron Pope Live & Unplugged in New York 2010
Whatever It Takes 2011
Atlanta 2012
Monster 2012
Calling Off The Dogs 2014
Ron Pope and the Nighthawks 2016
Work 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mosely, Davia. "Star Quality: Rocker Comes Home to Georgia on National Tour". Star Quality: Rocker Comes Home to Georgia on National Tour. 
  2. ^ Harrison, Shane. "Live Music Picks". Live Music Picks. Atlanta Journal Constitution. Archived from the original on 2011-12-18. 
  3. ^ a b Ingram, Bruce. "Internet Rock Star Ron Pope Hits the Road". Internet Rock Star Ron Pope Hits the Road. 
  4. ^ "Announcing Wellfleet From The District". Announcing Wellfleet From The District. Pop Culture Madness. 
  5. ^ Crandall, Sarah. "Keeping The Faith: Ron Pope Relies on Fan Loyalty to Promote Music". Keeping The Faith: Ron Pope Relies on Fan Loyalty to Promote Music. Encore Online. 
  6. ^ "Ron Pope Translates Online Success Into Major Label Deal". Ron Pope Translates Online Success Into Major Label Deal. 
  7. ^ Sciarretto, Amy. "Ron Pope to Release "Whatever it Takes" on April 12th". Ron Pope to Release "Whatever it Takes" on April 12th. Artist Direct. 

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