Cassadee Pope Talks 'The Voice' and 'Going Back to My Country Roots'

Cassadee Pope

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Cassadee Pope will release her debut country album, "Frame By Frame," via Republic Nashville on Oct. 8.

"When I get to walk in a store and see my album on a shelf, it will be so rewarding," she tells Billboard. "That's my creation. I'm going to make sure that if it's in the back, I'll put it in the front. That's what you've got to do."

With the exposure she gained by winning "The Voice" last December, the Florida native admitted her run on the show was an emotional roller coaster.

"Knowing that each week could have been my last  was very nerve wracking," she admits, but with every week that passed, her confidence grew a little.  "At each stage, I realized that I didn't even think I would get this far. So, even if I did go home, I know I made it further than a lot of people – and I should be grateful for that. With that being said, it was still very scary. I did not want to go home, and I treated every week like it was my last."

She has hit the charts with the same fire and passion in which she approached "The Voice." The first single from "Frame By Frame," "Wasting All These Tears," has made an impact for the singer, hitting No. 27 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Pope says she had a feeling about the song from the beginning. 

"It was one of the first songs I heard in publishing meetings," she says. "It was my first time doing those. I had always written my own music. I fell in love right from the first line. It reels you in, There's such a picture that it paints. I knew it was a song I wanted for the album. I didn't think it would be the first single. I thought it would be something we released a little further down the line. Then, we recorded it, and I started playing it for people, I started performing it live, and the reaction was just undeniable. It had so much emotion. I think it's a great first impression for people."

Though Pope did release several projects as a member of Hey Monday -- as well as a solo EP in 2012, she says that releasing an album on her own is a lot different.

"I'm probably the most personal with this project than I have been with anything else. Getting to work with Dann Huff was really special. He's so good, and his rock, pop, and country sensibilities are all so great. I knew I wanted to do country music, but he helped me really hone in on what that sound is, and making sure that I was staying true to myself – going back to my country roots, but having that modern feel to it. I think we came out with a really great body of work."

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