Cassadee Pope Premiers Music Video for "Wasting All These Tears" + Discusses Country Roots

When Cassadee Pope joined coach Blake Shelton’s team on TV reality competition “The Voice” in the fall of 2012, she did it as a pop singer. But country star Shelton wasted little time before he started showcasing her voice on his genre’s songs because he's proven that he can't REALLY mentor anyone other than a country singer.

Pope went on to win “The Voice” in December and has since signed a country record deal with Republic Nashville, she has toured with Rascal Flatts and she is set to release her debut album this fall.

But on Tuesday she’ll enjoy another career milestone: her Opry debut. And just because she started out as a pop singer, don’t think the honor is lost on Pope.

“People don’t realize that country music is my background and that’s what I sang as a kid,” she said in an interview with The Tennessean last week. “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.”

Pope’s first country single “Wasting All These Tears” is now on country radio and she says she heard it for the first time on the air after tweeting a station and asking them to play it. pro tip Assadee: if you have to request your own song in order to get it played, that's not a good sign.

“The feeling is indescribable,” she says. “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.”

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Flop video for a bland song that's already disappeared from the charts despite all her ~hype and promise. Also, keep trying to insist that you wanted to do country all along when you spent your entire time on The Voice insisting you wanted to be a pop-rock singer and badly imitating Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne. Anything to get that $$$$ and fame, right? Also, I expected more class and taste from you, Opry.