Cassadee Blake Pope is a singer-songwriter who won the third season of NBC's "The Voice" competition in 2012. She was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Aug. 28, 1989. Pope's parents divorced when she was 11 years old. She states that she turned to music to handle the emotional strife, and eventually learned to sing and play the drums, violin and guitar. Pope's estranged father, Lenny, was a pastry chef; her mother, Lori, raised her alone.
Pope boasts several musical accomplishments. Before winning "The Voice," she performed with the rock band Hey Monday. Although the band still credits her as a member, Hey Monday has been on hiatus since 2011. She sang the national anthem at a Los Angeles Dodgers game and at NASCAR's Brickyard 400. She also performed at the Grand Ole Opry in 2013.
Pope frequently reads her fan mail and posts personalized response videos to the letter writers on her website. She is a self-professed fan of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" books, and refers to herself a Twihard.
Pope started dating All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson in 2010, and has publicly thanked him for supporting her music career. She is friends with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz.