Singer and three-time “Voice” champ Blake Shelton had bold words to say about his prodigy and rising starlet Cassadee Pope. During his recent concert stop in Indianapolis, Shelton invited the 23-year-old singer-songwriter out on stage to perform her debut single “Wasting All These Tears.”
As the lead offering from her forthcoming Big Machine Label Group record, the pop-leaning tune is a real crowd pleaser. “Ladies and gentleman, my friend Cassadee Pope,” Shelton predicted. “This is gonna be one of the next biggest stars in country music.”
To-date, Pope’s single has sold roughly 210,000 copies and has cracked the Top 40 on the Mediabase radio airplay tally. Not only that, but the singer made her Grand Ole Opry debut in early July, further solidifying her place as the next rising superstar. Despite trepidation from critics about her artistic pursuits into country, she says she’s always loved the genre and has no plans to leave anytime soon. “People don’t realize that country music is my background and that’s what I sang as a kid,” she told The Tennessean. “I went through my rock phase, but now I’m back in a place where I feel the roots coming back from country music. I’m just infusing all of them into one. The Opry has always been something I wanted to do and as a kid I covered all the artists that sang on the Opry stage.”
On standing in that illustrious circle, she says, “The feeling is indescribable. You’re hearing a body of work you helped create and had a part of helping it come to life. You think about how many people are listening and what are they thinking right now. It’s such a magical feeling. I hope it happens more often.”
Since the single has hit radio, Pope has received an overwhelming response from radio DJ’s and fans. “I have now seen this young lady perform live twice, and Cassadee absolutely blows me away. Blake can’t count, but he can find a star,” says Mike Kennedy of KBEQ.
“Cassadee Pope = sheer talent. She has all the qualities to become country music’s next superstar; from her compelling songs, vocal range and real fan connection! We’re excited to follow her journey in our first CMT Artist Docu-Series that will debut in October,” gushes Leslie Fram of CMT.
“If Cassadee Pope isn’t contending for CMA Female Vocalist 2014 then we as a format are a lot dumber than we look,” asserts Gregg Swedberg of KEEY. “I can’t recall a vocalist delivering a live performance on a radio tour like that maybe ever.”
Check out Shelton’s audacious statement above.
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