This country singer’s roots may not have grown where you’d imagine. Starting her career off in a rock band before auditioning solo for The Voice, she has gone through a series of musical genres. But in 2012 when one of the coaches saw something special in her, the rest was history. Today, you know her as Cassadee Pope.
Pope’s unique musical path has really molded her into the artist she is today. The singer originally began her career in the punk rock band Hey Monday. After deciding to embark on a solo career in 2012, Pope took a leap of faith and auditioned for Season Three of The Voice. With a killer blind audition, all four of the coaches turned their chairs for her to be on their team.
It was an easy pick for Pope though, as Blake Shelton would soon become her mentor. That December after a series of performances and competition, Pope won that season of The Voice. A year later, the winner signed with the country music label Republic Nashville. She released a solo album with her hit single “Wasting All These Tears” and even went on tour with artists such as Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley.
Aside from Pope’s successes, she still thanks Shelton for mentoring her throughout her career change. In an interview on Pickler & Ben, hosts Kelly Pickler, and Ben Aaron asked to hear about how great of a mentor Shelton was. Pope had no hesitation hyping up the country singer,
“Yeah, you know, he’s conducted his career so well but also just as a person, it’s great to watch him and observe him because he’s so sweet to people; like in front of the camera behind the camera. He’s nice to everybody, he’s respectful. So yeah, he’s a good person to model my career after.”
With Shelton’s continuous successes on the show, Aaron asked the singer why she feels that Shelton does so well as a coach. Pope explained how Shelton’s mentoring comes from a very supportive end of things.
“I picked him because I knew he would let me do my thing. He’s a cheerleader. He is hands on but he is also like, ‘what is in your gut?’, ‘what do you wanna do?’ and I definitely didn’t want someone to kind of push certain songs on me or anything. So I knew he would just give me free reign.”
Watch Cassadee Pope’s interview dishing on her awesome relationship with Blake Shelton below.