Cassadee Pope posts Voice Blog

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“Alrighty! If you are interested even in the least as to why I auditioned for The Voice in the first place, you won’t mind sitting through this blog and hearing my side of things. I know some of you think I don’t need this opportunity, think I’m too established for the show, or even think I’m too “famous” (no way!) to be a contestant. The cool thing about The Voice, and the biggest aspect that made me want to participate, is they don’t try to hide the fact that they give well-established artists another chance; as they have made very clear with the past 2 season’s artists. That being said, they also give artists chances that have had little to zero success in this industry. It’s a huge opportunity to expand your fan base if you already have one, and just as important to create one as a new artist. Put simply, it gives the exposure that every artist dreams of.

I think some perceptions of fame are skewed. Sure, compared to your next-door neighbor who sings Karaoke on Fridays, maybe I am some sort of famous. But compared to superstars like Katy Perry or Justin Beiber, I am nowhere near famous. And that’s the main point. I wasn’t content with where my career was; I hadn’t hit that point in my life where I thought, “Yes, I’ve finally made it.” My dreams and goals are much, much bigger than some of you realize, and maybe even bigger than I had ever realized. I love all my fans, every single one of you, and I thank you for your continued support. However, the one hundred-some thousand followers I have on twitter doesn’t even come close to the audience that I have the opportunity to perform for on The Voice. I am extremely grateful for all the things I’ve accomplished in my life and career so far, and I will never dismiss the success that my band and I had. But the reality is we hit a ceiling, and we weren’t growing anymore. The same could be said about my solo career; I moved to LA, contacted every single person I’ve met over the years, released new music, and met with label after label. Yet no matter how hard I worked, nothing was catching on.

I’ve had a ton of experience in this field, I’ve worked long and hard, and I have sacrificed a lot for an opportunity this massive to come along. To say I should be happy with how far I’ve gotten is not fair, and unjustified. I am extremely happy with every success story I have had, and even proud of some of my missteps. But I didn’t start singing at 4 years old to make it “relatively far” in music. I started singing because I wanted to change the world and be a star.All I ask is that you give me a chance to prove I’ve made the right decision. I thank everyone (friends, family, fans) who have looked at this in a positive light, and am excited to change the peoples mind who haven’t. I’m extremely happy to be a part of this incredible show, and am having the time of my life so far. So jump on the bandwagon and come along for the ride! Love you guys.”

Jacklyn is the Editor In Chief of Stage Right Secrets. Jacklyn's photography and articles can also be found on The Recording Academy's GRAMMYPro, GRAMMYU, PopCrush, Taste of Country, among other outlets. Besides press Jacklyn is a "Jack of All Trades" working various jobs at local concerts and touring.