Cassadee Pope talks music and touring with some of country’s biggest stars

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Best known for her victory on “The Voice,” Cassadee Pope has seen huge success following the release of her album, Frame By Frame. A lot of people don’t know that the country cutie already had great success with her pop punk band, Hello Monday.

Since making the move to the country scene, she’s been busy making new music, but she stopped by Phoenix for the Country Thunder Launch Party and took time to talk to College Times.

College Times: How are the fans from your pop rock days different from your country fans?

Pope: It’s crazy; a lot of them have come over with me. I see a lot of fans come over, and I love to see that I’ve turned them on to a new genre. As a country fan for a long time, I get to see a large demographic. I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know everyone.

How do you think your experience with Hello Monday has helped both while competing and now after you’ve had huge success?

You know it’s funny, I went into the show knowing I had a decent sized fan base that would help me get to the first round, but the show is so big. At a certain point the show is so big that that number is so small compared to the viewers. I was really excited to find that the general public reacted to me. I knew my experience on the road would help me out as far as entertaining, but going week by week [on the show]was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.

You grew up singing country music, but what made you transition between the two genres?

I got on “The Voice” and was really connected with the songs I did. I started singing Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban. I had always connected with country music. With the storytelling, I can say things in my songs I can’t say in everyday life in regular conversations. I new I wanted to go to Nashville and do my album, so that’s what I did.

What was the funniest moment on tour with Rascal Flatts or Tim McGraw?

On both tours, on the last day of the tours, I pranked both of them. With Rascal Flatts, I dressed up their guitar tech—he is a big man, definitely a big burly man. I put him in an outfit I would wear on tour and put my hair extensions on him and had him go on stage and lip sing as I was singing off stage. They all laughed and broke on stage, which was my goal.

With Tim McGraw, I would go out on stage and sing “[Down] On the Farm” with him, and I went out and dressed up as him, I went the whole nine: I had the same tattoos, the black cowboy hat, the tank top. It was well executed. I did a good job.

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