I wrote this a while ago as part of a university project, but as I said in my last ‘Tracks I’m Loving’ post, I’ve always been a fan of Cassadee Pope and her music. Seeing as her debut album ‘Frame By Frame’ was released on October 8th, I thought I’d share this with you. To read my thoughts on the debut single from the album, ‘Wasting All These Tears’ click HERE.
Winner of The Voice USA, the former Hey Monday frontwoman captured the hearts of a nation. Can the country pop rocker capture yours too?
“I took these country songs and made them a little more pop/rock with like more of a contemporary twist to it, and that’s what my music is… it’s just me. And the lyrics tell stories, it’s the kind of thing where you listen to a song and you feel it, because everybody goes through these things so, I just love writing songs that tell a story and I think that belongs in country so I’m going that route,” Cassadee Pope tells Pop Sugar’s Lindsay Miller of her experience on The Voice USA, and of her [then] upcoming album.
23 year old Pope was the first female to win the US show after she wowed the judges – country Star Blake Shelton, Maroon Five’s Adam Levine, pop diva Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green – with her rendition of Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ in her blind audition.
But, if you were into the pop-punk scene (Fall Out Boy, Paramore) when it exploded, then you may also recognise her from the band Hey Monday. A far cry from the country material she performed on the show, Hey Monday showed similarities to acts such as We Are the in Crowd and All Time Low.
The band formed in 2008 and quickly caught the interest of Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz who wanted to sign them to his label Decaydance records, vying with major label Columbia for the band’s attentions, resulting in a joint deal. Though Cassadee – when speaking to TV line.com – has admitted, “when Hey Monday first started, there was this very cool hype around us and a label behind us that was excited. But then the momentum started going away.” She also told music website Alter the Press that towards the end “the label was losing hope, and we were getting overshadowed by the pop acts.” The band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2011.
After releasing a solo EP in the summer of 2012, Cassadee went on to audition for The Voice USA, and it became clear that there was no chance of her being overshadowed again.
All four judges competed for Cassadee but she ultimately chose to be coached by Blake Shelton. Under Shelton’s tutorage, Pope shed her pop/punk image and delved into country music. It was her cover of country singer, Miranda Lambert’s ‘Over You’ in Top 10 Week that turned the tides. Earning Pope praise for her amazing range and ability to connect with lyrics. The cover went to number one on the ITunes all genre chart and Pope’s other covers had her at number one on ITunes on multiple occasions.
After racking up the highest number of votes in the show’s history Pope was crowned the winner, and has since signed a deal with Republic Nashville who also represent Taylor Swift and The Band Perry. With the help of her coach Blake Shelton she hopes to incorporate country into her music, telling 92.3 Now, “I think he’s the best person to help me tastefully.” And you can definitely hear the country influence in her new single ‘Wasting All These Tears’.
Pope has described her appearance on The Voice as phenomenal, and is quick to dispel any feeling that she may have had an unfair advantage after being in a touring band. As she told Rolling Stone, “I thought it was kind of crazy to think that someone like me – who’s been working towards this my whole life…toured in bands and did all that, and really has been working hard– doesn’t deserve it as much as someone else next to me who’s never done it before. I feel like if you have the heart and the passion for it, you deserve it.” We couldn’t agree more.
Cassadee’s new album ‘Frame By Frame’ is now available for download through ITunes.