The 6 1 5 Featuring Cassandra
Hey y’all! My name is Cassandra and I’m an opera singer turned pop singer currently recording in Nashville. I live in Florida and am moving to Boston in a month, but I love coming to Nashville to record and hope to move here in 2022. I just wrapped up a weekend of recording two songs that will drop this summer! Head over to my Instagram and TikTok @youknowcassandra to get a behind-the-scenes and sneak peak on those songs! Anyways, here’s my rundown of the best of the best in Nashville from my experiences so far!
Cassandra's Top Six
What makes Nashville special to you? To me, Nashville has an energy that is unmatched by any other city. As a musician, days and nights are always filled with working on my creative passion. Nashville’s energy makes the work even more fun. I love waking up and heading into a songwriting session, recording in the studio, doing a photoshoot, creating content, and then heading to see a show like Whiskey Jam! The days are packed with people who truly love the art of creating, and I think that’s a trademark of Nashville that makes my heart long to go back every time.
Say you had a completely free day in Nashville—no work allowed. What would you be doing? Oh boy where do I begin? I’d definitely check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and visit some outdoor parks. I’d also love to head to the venues near Music Row and hop from place to place watching different bands play all day long. In reality though, I don’t know if I could stay away from making music for an entire day. I’d probably try to squeeze in a songwriting session or go live on TikTok to sing while I walk!
What are some of your favorite Nashville restaurants? The Oak Steakhouse might be my favorite place in Nashville. Their smoked bacon appetizer is way too tasty! I also love going to Hattie B’s, The Goat, City House, and a small Greek restaurant called Greko in East Nashville. That last one has become tradition for me whenever I’m recording in the studio!
Is there a place you haven't ate you have been dying to go? Yes!! I need to try Edley’s and Martin’s BBQ. Whenever I record, I try to keep my diet fairly clean so my vocals can perform their best, so I still haven’t had barbecue in Nashville. I know, I’m upset about it too. Hopefully that will change when I’m back in August!
Of course we love your style, any favorite Nashville shops? Thank you! I recently checked out a few shops near Broadway and really loved REVV LLC and Molly Green. I got a cool new belt from Molly Green that I wore to my first Whiskey Jam!
If someone is coming to Nashville for the first time, where do you take them? I’d definitely show someone around Music Row! I love driving down the street and seeing the publishing houses and places where some of my favorite hits were written. It’s a neat feeling to be adjacent to so much incredible music.
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How has Nashville influenced your music? Nashville definitely brought out the tough, confident side of me. The thing I love most about Nashville locals is that they aren’t afraid to be themselves. There’s a down-to-earth quality about the city that allows me to feel like the fullest, truest version of me is the best me. The songs I cut this weekend really reflect that. One song shows fierce self confidence while the other shows incredible insecurity. Both are fully me and yet the juxtaposition between them shows me and my humanity. Nashville, and the wonderful people I’ve encountered there, help me use that human complexity to create music I love sharing.
Do you have a favorite music venue? I just went to my first Whiskey Jam at Winner’s and it was awesome! I went with my friend and writer, Cole Miracle, to see our friends, Dan Harrison and Ben Johnson, perform live and even met some of the cast of “The Bachelor” while I was there. It definitely made some great memories!
Favorite place to go on date night? Well, first I need a date! I think a great date night spot would be The Goat in Germantown. I love the trendy, chic vibe there and the area is filled with young adults.
Best Steak? Oak Steakhouse holds the winning medal on this. I had an outstanding Tomahawk Ribeye with a truffle butter there. It was so good that there was nothing left but the bone! 11/10!
Best place to grab a beer? Jason Aldean’s rooftop is a fun spot for sure. The outdoor view and live music make it a great place to have a drink with a friend!
Best Broadway bar? I’ve only been through Broadway once but rumor has it The Underground is the place to be. The one time I visited Broadway, I went full tourist mode and checked out Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk. The musicians were fantastic and I ended up being boosted onto the stage to sing “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”! Now THAT was an experience I’ll never forget. The crowd was electric! The only thing that could have been better is if I had been able to sing my new song, “21 Ragin.” The crowd was so happy to leave 2020 behind and have a “ragin" good time in 2021!