Platinum recording artist, Ron Pope, has released a new song, ‘The Real Thing‘, today, along with an accompanying video directed by Sean Hagwell – WATCH HERE. The single is the debut release from his highly anticipated upcoming album, Inside Voices, set for release on June 2nd, 2023 on Brooklyn Basement Records.
Pope’s wife, Blair, nearly died in early 2020; ‘The Real Thing’ and its album-mates from Inside Voices were all created in the wake of that experience, infusing renewed vitality into music written about a relationship that has been explored in song for nearly two decades and ten albums.
“Standing there helpless in a hospital waiting room, wondering if the mother of my child was coming home with me, or if I was about to have to plan her funeral, that was perspective slapping me in the mouth,” Pope begins. “I’ve been singing about how much I love this woman for nearly half of my life,” he muses. “We live that. We’ve had our problems. Big ones, small ones, stupid ones, but all in all, our life together has been more than we ever could’ve imagined. Nearly losing her reminded me of just how miraculous it is that we found each other in the first place. I’ve always known that this love is a good love because I have seen bad; I know it’s real because I’ve seen fake,” Pope says of the inspiration behind the single.
Ron Pope will embark on a world tour to support the release, kicking off in April 2023, which will span across the US and throughout Europe and the UK. Lydia Luce will support all dates, Caleb Hearn will also support on select dates. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at ronpopemusic.com/shows:
September 13 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret Scene
September 14 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
September 16 – Stockholm, Sweden – Södra Teatern
September 17 – København, Denmark – Hotel Cecil
September 19 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
September 21 – Berlin, Germany – Badehaus Berlin
September 22 – München, Germany – Ampere / Muffatwerk
September 23 – Cologne, Germany – Artheater
September 24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
September 27 – Bristol, UK – St. George’s Bristol
September 28 – Manchester, UK – Stoller Hall
September 29 – London, UK – Union Chapel
Pope’s Inside Voices is an expertly crafted collection of songs about growth, heartache, lasting love, the joys of parenthood, and living with gratitude. This is an album that was created in an emotional foxhole, written as Pope and his family recovered from his wife’s near death experience and recorded as he tragically lost both of his grandparents over one eight-day span.
“My grandparents were the kind of ‘crazy in love but also practical, good partners’ that we are,” Pope says. “They died eight days apart, right as we were working up this music. I waded through a river of darkness during that period and I damn near drowned in it, but when I came out the other side, I was so full of gratitude.” The ten song journey leads listeners through his transition from son to husband and father, through grief and ultimately, back to joy.