Singer from Hey Monday and “The Voice” drops solo album

Cassadee Pope, the former lead singer of the popular band Hey Monday, rip roared onto “The Voice” last fall. The singer sang straight to the top, using both her country and rock edge to out-sing all the others in the competition.

Pope, who was a member of Blake Shelton’s team during her season of “The Voice,” seems to have taken a nod from the country superstar on her new album, “Frame by Frame,” aligning more with the hybrid genre of country pop.

Pope’s new sound may be slightly different than the one fans were used to back in her Hey Monday days. The Florida-based band formed in 2008 and exhibited a more pop rock and emo pop style. 

On her own, though, Pope’s songs are less high-octane and more quietly personal. It is definitely a departure from her Hey Monday beginnings, but Pope’s country twang suits her.

In songs like “Good Time” and “Champagne,” her country vocals shine through. Both songs are especially catchy, and “Good Time” already seems like it could be a regular song to two-step to at any country- western bar.

The storytelling in Pope’s songs is also strong for a beginning solo artist. In “This Car,” she uses the recurring symbol of a car to describe the highs and lows of a rocky relationship between her and a significant other. She discusses how key moments took place in the car, from falling in love to their first fights.

“One Song Away” is another relatable song, in the form of a classic country ballad, where Pope sings about listening to the radio and how the music makes her want to call a past love. Her heartbreakingly realistic lyrics, “No matter what I try to do, I’m back and forth, I toss and turn, and think of you,” could be true for any fan who has debated texting or calling an ex.

Finally, the second-to-last song on the up-and-coming artist’s album, “11,” is the most personally revealing. 

On her season of “The Voice,” Pope discussed how she was raised by a single mom after her dad left. The song tells the story of her dad leaving in a slow and soft guitar ballad, where Pope’s voice and storytelling are at their best.

The 24-year-old songstress’ album still sits in the Top 10 on the iTunes country charts, and it seems that her career will continue to be successful.