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Cassadee Pope Discovers Joys and Pitfalls of Fame

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Cassadee Pope was a relatively unknown singer-songwriter before appearing on the third season of ‘The Voice,’ but that quickly changed after she became the winner of the reality TV singing show in 2012.

Pope says that while there are many perks to suddenly being a famous celebrity, there are a few pitfalls as well.

“What’s surprised me about this period is definitely how closely I’m being looked at,” she tells CMT‘s Hot 20 Countdown. “And it goes from my outfit to what I say to maybe how I interact with fans. Everything is just being picked apart by everybody, and a lot of times, it’s great and people realize I’m just a normal person who loves music and this is what I’m meant to do.”

The 24-year-old says that being on a popular TV show actually makes her feel closer to her loyal fans. “It’s fun because when I meet people that watch ‘The Voice,’ they feel like they already know me, and that makes it way more fun for me,” Pope notes. “It’s not like I have to sit there and explain where I came from and my life story. We just start talking like normal people and friends.”

While the ‘Wasting All These Tears’ singer may be one of the most famous new faces in country music, she says she doesn’t have any fear of getting a big ego, thanks to her close family and friends.

“They let me know that you just have to keep being yourself,” she explains. “And finally people will realize that this is who you are. This isn’t an act.”

Pope’s new documentary series, ‘Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame’ will premiere on Friday, Oct. 4 on CMT. Her album, ‘Frame by Frame,’ will be released on Oct. 8. Pre-order the record here.

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