Cassadee Pope and Mike Gentile were former members of the band called Blake. They had one song recorded called “Turn the Clock”. They were scheduled to play Warped Tour in 2008 but had to drop off the tour to finish recording the record “Hold On Tight” . The band changed its name from Blake to Hey Monday in August 2008 right before their debut album dropped.
After graduating high school, Cassadee Pope formed the band Hey Monday with Mike Gentile, Elliot James, Alex Lipshaw and Jersey Moriarty. Alex Wilhelm of A&R Website CrazedHits.com then discovered the band before they were signed… Their debut album “Hold On Tight” was released worldwide on October 7, 2008 via decaydance and Columbia Records. Their first single from the album, “Homecoming”, was featured on the CitizensFOB mix-tape Welcome to the New Administration. Lead singer Cassadee was also featured in the song “Take My Hand” by The Cab on the mixtape. Cassadee made an appearance in Fall Out Boy’s video “America’s Suitehearts”. She has a guest appearance as herself in the Degrassi: The Next Generation TV Movie, Degrassi Goes Hollywood along with Pete Wentz. The song “Should’ve Tried Harder” appears on the videogame Major League Baseball 2K9. On Friday October, 9th 2009 it was annouced via Cassadee Pope’s Twitter, then later their MySpace blog that Elliot James has decided to leave the band to pursue other interests. They all wish him the best of luck. They also added that their good friend Pat would be playing drums for them on the Glamour Kills Tour but no official replacement has been annouced yet.
* Cassadee Pope – lead vocals, guitar, piano (2007-present)| * Mike Gentile – lead guitar, backing vocals (2007-present)| * Alex Lipshaw – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2007-present)| * Michael “Jersey” Moriarty – bass, backing vocals (2008-present)| * Elliot James – drums, percussion (2007-2009)