Cassadee Pope‘s not that interested in love songs. As a writer, and one of country music’s fastest-rising stars, she pens break up songs with passionate, fiery hooks that are as relatable as they are catchy.
With a penchant for big, bold country music backed by a pop sensibility, Pope has been gaining momentem fast for singles like, “Wasting All These Tears,” “11,” and “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.” Her first solo album Frame By Frame debuted at No. 1 on the country charts after she was crowned winner of The Voice, by none other than our favorite judge, Blake Shelton. On the show, Pope covered “Over You,” a song Shelton co-wrote after the passing of his brother, and dedicated it to her late grandfather. The song went on to climb the charts, and proved that Cassadee’s captivating, heartfelt live performance translated to record sales. That same emotional proclivity also translates well into the sharp, unforgiving broken-hearted anthems she’s become known for almost two years after winning The Voice.
Her ability to add an edgy, anxiety-releasing rock ‘n’ roll sensibility to country music is what sets her apart from the crop of talented, young Nashville stars gunning for a chance at the big leagues. And she’s not far away, this year for the first time Pope is nominated for a CMT Award for “Wasting All These Tears,” in the category of Female Video of the Year. Tune in to the CMT Awards June 4 at 8pm/7 Central to catch Pope rubbing shoulders with the likes of former coach, Blake Shelton, and the rest of country music’s biggest stars.
While it might be her first time nominated, Pope is no stranger to the celebrity rooms where awards show happen. Remember when we put on a halftime show at The Grammys? You can catch Cassadee dancing along in the background. We sat down with her behind-the-scenes after the shoot to play a quick game of This or That and talk about her love for The Dixie Chicks, writing break up songs, and getting her very first iPod. Check it out above and follow Cassadee on Twitter for the latest updates.