(Radio.com) Cassadee Pope is no stranger to the music industry. Before winning season three of The Voice last December, she fronted the pop-punk band Hey Monday; and after that group disbanded, she also had a brief stint as a solo artist. Her experience touring with the likes of Fall Out Boy, All Time Low and Yellowcard helped hone her performance chops, too, which no doubt impressed Blake Shelton, who selected her to be on his team for The Voice.
While Pope won over fans week after week on The Voice, it wasn't until she performed "Over You"a song Shelton wrote with Miranda Lambert about his brother's untimely deaththat she realized she'd stepped foot into country. Pope's cover struck a chord with viewers and judges alike. The track meant a lot to Shelton, and Pope said she wanted to tip the hat to him during her performance.
"It really got the wheels turning in my head. Then the song went to No. 1 on iTunes, and I was like, 'Wow! This is really translating well. Maybe I can go back to my country roots and still do that pop rock thing that I'm doing now and be able to do it all.'"
Pope's new solo album Frame By Frame, which hit stores this past Tuesday (Oct. 8), may be her debut country release, but with it she aims to exhibit all of her musical passions. "My influences are so all over the place, but it's also cohesive," she said. "I knew I wanted to do country in a contemporary way with pop and rock influences."
Pope wrote half of the album herself, and she explained that she got really personal on certain tracks. The song "11," for instance, is about her parents' divorce when she was 11 years old. "It goes through all the different emotions you go through as a kid when your parents divorce," she said. "It's sad how many people can relate to that. The parents, they say, 'I feel like my daughter or son is speaking to me right now.' It's been a really special reaction I've gotten." more on this story