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Cassadee Pope
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Contestant Profile
Nationality: American
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter
The Voice
Version: U.S.
Season: 3
Genre: Punk, Pop Rock, Country
Team(s): Team Blake
Finish: Winner
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Adam
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CeeLo
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Blake

Cassadee Pope is the winner of Season 3 of The Voice, being part of Team Blake.

Known for being the lead vocalist of the pop punk band Hey Monday, Cassadee managed to turn all 4 chairs before advancing through the rounds while only receiving mild attention. It wasn't until the Top 10, however, that an emotional and powerful performance of a personal country song written by her coach Blake Shelton would turn the tides for her, with the performance knocking Psy's smash-hit song Gangnam Style out of the #1 spot on iTunes, and turning Cassadee into a serious contender for the crown. From there on, she started shifting her style from punk rock to country, a decision that would prove to be successful, as all of her solo performances after that ended up landing in the Top 10 of iTunes, with the last two also managing to reach the #1 position.

On finale night, she was unceremoniously declared the winner of the season, with over millions of download votes already under her name due to the cumulative votes garnered by her absolute dominance in the iTunes charts. She became Blake Shelton's second winner in a row and the first female winner of the show.

Career beginnings and Hey Monday

While in Wellington Christian 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 à Deux. She also provided guest vocals forThe 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.

2012–2014: Solo career and The Voice and Frame by Frame

In early 2012, Pope embarked on her first solo acoustic tour across the east and west coasts. She released her debut self-titled EP (self-labeled) on May 22, 2012, containing four songs written by Pope herself. 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.

Performances

Round Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Auditions "Torn" Ednaswap September 25, 2012 N/A Four chairs turned
Joined Team Blake
Battle Rounds
(Top 64)
"Not Over You"
vs. Ryan Jirovec
(Montaged Performance)
Gavin DeGraw October 22, 2012 N/A Won
Knockout Rounds
(Top 40)
"Payphone"
vs. Susanna Choffel
Maroon 5 October 30, 2012 N/A Won
Live Playoffs
(Top 20)
"My Happy Ending" Avril Lavigne November 5, 2012 5 Advanced as the
second Public's Vote
Top 12 "Behind These Hazel Eyes" Kelly Clarkson November 12, 2012 7 Advanced
Top 10 "Over You" ⭐️ Miranda Lambert November 19, 2012 9 Received iTunes Bonus
(votes 10x)
Advanced
Top 8 "Are You Happy Now?" ⭐️ Michelle Branch November 26, 2012 8 Received iTunes Bonus
(votes 10x)
Advanced
Top 6 "Stand" ⭐️
(Coach's choice)
Rascal Flatts December 3, 2012 2 Received iTunes Bonus
(votes 10x)
"I'm With You" ⭐️
(Cassadee's choice)
Avril Lavigne 11 Received iTunes Bonus
(votes 10x)
Advanced
Top 4
(Semifinals)
"Stupid Boy" ⭐️ Keith Urban December 10, 2012 3 Received iTunes Bonus
(votes 10x)
Advanced to Finale
Top 3
(Finale)
"Over You" ⭐️
(Reprise song)
Miranda Lambert December 17, 2012 2 Winner
"Steve McQueen"
(with Blake Shelton)
Sheryl Crow 6
"Cry" ⭐️
(Solo song)
Faith Hill 12
Non-competition performances
Round Song Original Artist Date Order
Live Playoffs "Peace of Mind"
(with Team Adam & Team Blake)
Boston November 5, 2012 1
Live Playoffs Results "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
(with Team Adam & Team Blake)
Kelly Clarkson November 7, 2012 1
Top 12 Live Results "Life is a Highway"
(with Blake Shelton, Michaela Paige and Terry McDermott)
Tom Cochrane November 13, 2012 3
Top 10 Live Results "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
(with Team Blake and Team Christina)
Pat Benatar November 20, 2012 3
Top 8 "Move Along"
(with Dez Duron, Melanie Martinez, Terry McDermott)
The All-American Rejects November 26, 2012 1
Top 8 Live Results "Hate That I Love You"
(with Dez Duron)
Rihanna ft. Ne-Yo November 27, 2012 4
Top 6 Live Results "Breakaway"
(with Amanda Brown)
Kelly Clarkson December 4, 2012 2
Top 4 "White Christmas"
(with Blake Shelton & Team Blake)
Christmas Carol December 10, 2012 2
Top 4 Live Results "Little Talks"
(with Terry McDermott)
Of Monsters and Men December 11, 2012 1
Top 3
(Finale)
"Leonard Cohen"
(with the Voice coaches, Top 20, Carson Daly and Christina Milian)
Leonard Cohen December 17, 2012 1
Live Finale Results "Here With Me"
(with The Killers)
The Killers December 18, 2012 4
"Catch My Breath"
(with the Kelly Clarkson and Terry McDermott)
Kelly Clarkson 6
"It's Time"
(with De'Borah, Melanie Martinez and Liz Davis)
Imagine Dragons 7
"I'm With You"
(with Avril Lavigne)
Avril Lavigne 12
"Cry" Miranda Lambert 13

Post-The Voice

  • 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 Mötley Crüe album where she covered The Animal In Me.

Trivia

  • Cassadee is the first female winner of The Voice US.
  • Cassadee is the second winner in a row from Team Blake, after Jermaine Paul.
    • She would be followed by Danielle Bradbery one season later, marking Blake's third win in a row.
  • Cassadee is currently the only winner with a montaged performance in the Battle Rounds, with only a snippet of her battle against Ryan Jirovec being aired to the viewers.
Preceded by
Season 2
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Jermaine Paul
Winner
Season 3
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Cassadee Pope
Succeeded by
Season 4
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Danielle Bradbery