Cassadee Pope Frames Her Past in Frank New Interview
Cassadee Pope, winner of "The Voice" Season 3, releases her new album, Frame by Frame, this week. The country-pop record may be a departure for the singer, who cut her teeth in the Decaydence Records emo band Hey Monday and played the Warped Tour, but when Cassadee visited Yahoo's Ram Country studio to perform tracks from the album, it seemed like a natural progression.
Afterwards, Cassadee sat down with Yahoo to talk about her past — not just as a country-loving kid and punk-rock-loving teen, but as a child of divorce who used music to help repair her fractured relationship with her father. Check out what she had to say in the insightful Q&A below.
YAHOO MUSIC: A lot of people think you're a newcomer to country. Can you tell me a bit about your country roots?
CASSADEE: I actually started singing country music at 4 years old, right when I started learning how to sing. I would cover a lot of Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood, that kind of stuff, and it just feels very authentic to me. It's always been there through the years. Even when I was in my band, I still listened to country. It's always been something that I loved. Now I get to infuse pop and rock in country, and that's such a treat for me because I love all three.
Why, when you first started in music, did you go the rock route instead of country?
I went the more pop-rock route when I was around my teenage years, actually around 13 years old. I think Avril Lavigne really jump-started that. I heard "Complicated" and I fell in love, and I've loved her ever since. But hearing that song really opened my mind to all of the rockier things. Growing up, my parents loved Bon Jovi and Boston and Rush and all that, but it wasn't really connecting with me. I was still in my boy-band phase — Backstreet Boys for life! But I listened to Avril, and it turned me on to bands, and soon after that I started going to shows locally in West Palm Beach. At that time, the scene in West Palm Beach was so awesome. That really made me fall in love with rock music, just the overall scene, and how everybody's working towards the same thing. There's a camaraderie there and there's a partnership. That's how I went in that direction.
A lot people assume it was your "Voice" coach, Blake Shelton, who pushed you into country. Does that bother you?