|Cassadee Blake Pope|
August 28, 1989|
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Cassadee Blake Pope; born August 28, 1989) is an American singer, song-writer, and musician. Pope was the lead vocalist of the rock band Hey Monday (on hiatus as of December 2011), with whom she released one studio album and three EPs. Pope embarked on a solo career in early 2012, and released Cassadee Pope EP in May 2012. She took part in the third season of The Voice and became the first female winner on December 18, 2012. Her debut solo country album, Frame by Frame, was released on October 8, 2013 to a top 10 Billboard 200 charting. It debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, with 43,000 copies sold in its first week.
While attending Wellington High School in Wellington, Florida, Pope formed the band Blake with good friend Mike Gentile. The project disbanded before being signed and in 2008, she and Gentile along with Alex Lipshaw, Michael "Jersey" Moriarty, and Elliot James founded the pop punk band Hey Monday. Hey Monday released their first studio album, Hold on Tight, in October 2008. Pope wrote two songs and co-wrote the other nine songs. She appeared in Fall Out Boy's video for "America's Suitehearts", from their 2008 album Folie Deux. She also provided guest vocals for The Cab's remix version of their song "Take My Hand" that appeared on Fall Out Boy's mixtape, Welcome to the New Administration, and appeared in the music video for it the following summer of 2009. James left the band at the end of 2009. Hey Monday's first EP Beneath It All was to be released in August 2010; to promote the album the group toured the US and played on the 2010 Warped Tour. The Christmas EP was released on December 6, 2011, and later that month Hey Monday took an indefinite hiatus on good terms.
In January and February 2012, Pope embarked on her first solo acoustic tour across the east and west coasts of the United States. She released her debut self-titled EP (self-labeled) on May 22, 2012, containing four songs written by Pope. She auditioned for season 3 of the singing competition The Voice during the summer and had all four coaches offer her a place on their teams; she ultimately picked country singer Blake Shelton. In the third live round, Pope performed "Over You", co-written by mentor Shelton. The song reached number one on the iTunes chart, knocking Psy's "Gangnam Style" down to number two. She was the only female contestant to advance to the Top 4 round where she performed "Stupid Boy" by country singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton, which also reached number one on iTunes. She advanced to The Voice finals, winning the title on the live finale results day in December. An album compiling her performances on The Voice entitled The Voice: The Complete Season 3 Collection reached No. 1 on the Heatseekers and sold 11,000 copies, and 8,000 more copies in the following week. Her self-titled EP also re-entered the chart at No. 42, selling 1,000 copies. Pope performed "Stand" on New Year's Eve with Carson Daly, and later performed that night with Grammy award-winning group Train at the NIVEA Kiss Stage in Times Square in New York City.
In January 2013, Pope signed with country music label Republic Nashville; the lead single of her solo album, "Wasting All These Tears", was released on May 31, 2013. It debuted at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It sold 125,000 copies in first week of release. The album, Frame by Frame, was released in October 2013. Pope spent most of 2014 touring with country artists Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley. She also was featured on the Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mtley Cre album where she covered The Animal In Me.
Pope released the lead single, "I Am Invincible" from her upcoming second studio album. During late 2015, Pope recorded a duet with Chris Young, titled "Think of You" for his 2015 album I'm Comin' Over. This single became Pope's first song to peak at number one on the US Country Airplay chart in May 2016. In March 2017, Pope travelled to London and performed several times as part of the C2C: Country to Country festival line-up, including an appearance on the main stage with Young.
Pope and her duet partner Chris Young were nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their hit song "Think of You", making her first contestant from The Voice to receive a Grammy nomination.
In May 2017, Pope parted ways with BMLG records. Pope signed with Fusion Music in January 2018.
When it comes to Pope's influences she has said "I'm all over the place. I tend to go backwards a little bit and listen to Natalie Imbruglia's Left of the Middle and old Shania, Michelle Branch, Avril, Blink 182...I'm kind of all over the board. And then more recently I'm into the new Blake Shelton album, not gonna lie. Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift." Pope also mentions Martina McBride as one of her influences.
|Blind Audition||"Torn"||Natalie Imbruglia||Sept. 25, 2012||7.6||All four chairs turned|
Joined Team Blake
|Battles (Top 64)||"Not Over You" (v.s. Ryan Jirovec)||Gavin DeGraw||Oct. 22, 2012||14.4||Saved by Coach|
|Knockouts||"Payphone" (v.s. Suzanna Choffel)||Maroon 5||Oct. 30, 2012||17.10||Saved by Coach|
|Live Playoffs||"My Happy Ending"||Avril Lavigne||Nov. 5, 2012||18.5||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 12||"Behind These Hazel Eyes"||Kelly Clarkson||Nov. 12, 2012||21.7||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 10||"Over You"||Miranda Lambert||Nov. 19, 2012||23.9||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 8||"Are You Happy Now?"||Michelle Branch||Nov. 26, 2012||25.8||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 6||"Stand"||Rascal Flatts||Dec. 3, 2012||27.2||Saved by Public Vote|
|"I'm With You"||Avril Lavigne||27.11|
|Live Top 4 (Semifinals)||"Stupid Boy"||Sarah Buxton||Dec. 10, 2012||29.3||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Finale (Final 3)||"Over You"||Miranda Lambert||Dec. 17, 2012||31.2||Winner|
|"Steve McQueen" (with Blake Shelton)||Sheryl Crow||31.6|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|"--" denotes items which failed to chart.|
|Single||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales||Certifications
|US Country Airplay
|"Wasting All These Tears"||2013||5||10||37||26||41||
|"I Wish I Could Break Your Heart"||2014||35||32||--||--||--||
|"I Am Invincible"||2015||--||52||--||--||--||
|"Think of You" (with Chris Young)||2016||2||1||40||1||57||
||I'm Comin' Over|
|"Take You Home"||2018||49||--||--||--||--||TBD|
|"--" denotes items which failed to chart or was not released to that territory.|
|2008||The Cab||Welcome to the New Administration||"Take My Hand Machine Shop Production"||Decaydance|
|2009||The Cab||The Lady Luck EP||"Take My Hand (Remix)"||Decaydance, Fueled By Ramen|
|2011||Vonnegutt||$FREE.99||"When I Come Around"||Purple Ribbon Records|
|Yellowcard||When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes (Acoustic)||"Hang You Up"||Hopeless|
|It Boys!||Introduction||"Shy"||Hollywood Waste|
|2012||I See Stars||Digital Renegade||"Electric Forest"||Sumerian|
|All Time Low||Don't Panic and Don't Panic: It's Longer Now!||"Backseat Serenade" (backing vocals)|
|"So Long, Soldier" (backing vocals)|
|I See Stars||The Hardest Mistakes - Single||"The Hardest Mistakes"||Sumerian|
|2015||Chris Young||I'm Comin' Over||"Think of You" (duet)||RCA Records Nashville|
|2013||American Country Awards||New Artist of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|2014||CMT Music Awards||Female Video of the Year||Wasting All These Tears|
|Breakthrough Video of the Year||Won|
|American Country Countdown Awards||Female Vocalist of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|2016||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Female Country Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|2017||Grammy Award||Best Country Duo/Group Performance (with Chris Young)||Think of You||Nominated|