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Grange Fair preview: Entertainer Cassadee Pope

Cassadee Pope
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Florida native Cassadee Pope is quickly proving she has earned a spot in the country spotlight.

Prior to her solo career, Pope was the lead vocalist of the pop-punk band Hey Monday. The group released an album, “Hold on Tight,” and three EPs before its hiatus in 2011.

Pope’s most recent solo album, “Frame by Frame,” debuted in the upper echelon on the Billboard charts as No. 1 in Top Country Albums and in the Top 10 of all-genre Top Albums.

This is an impressive feat by any standard, and it is made only more incredible by the fact that she is one of only two solo women in the past five years to top the country chart with a debut release.

To say the least, she came out of the gates with a bang that everyone should be listening to. And yet this singer-songwriter hasn’t stopped producing excellence since her debut.

Having sold more than 1.7 million tracks, the vocal powerhouse also ascended gracefully to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes country charts with her gold-certified single “Wasting all these Tears.” And the music video accompanying this song has over 5 million views.

On season three of the television series “The Voice,” Pope dominated the show as part of Team Blake Shelton. Three of her performances on the show rose quickly to the No.1 spot on the iTunes all-genre chart, including her cover of the country hit “Over You” by Miranda Lambert.

Pope was crowned the winner of the third season, becoming the first female to win. Less than a week after her victory on the show, “The Voice: The Complete Season 3 Collection” earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.

Building off of this success, Pope opened on her first major country tour with the widely known country band Rascal Flatts. She didn’t settle for being just an opener though; Pope snagged a spot in the group’s set and sang along in sold-out stadiums.

Pope has also appeared on “Today,” “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” and the “Tonight Show” and performed with Train on New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.

Hit songs Pope can be expected to perform include “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” “You Hear a Song” and “Wasting All These Tears,” all from her album “Frame by Frame.”

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