The Voice: Cassadee Pope Sticks with Country Music Doing Michelle Branch’s Are You Happy
Last week most of the judges agreed that Cassadee Pope, who had set her sights on a pop/rock career, should switch to country music. What will she bring us tonight?
Cassadee is the last performer this evening, and then the voting begins. Just like the last two weeks, the two artists with the fewest votes will go home. She says that seeing last weeks song go to #1 on iTunes is unreal. This week she’s singing Are You Happy Now by Michelle Branch. So we’re back to country. Blake tells her to tell her personal life through her music. Cassadee hasn’t heard from her dad is some time, and says that she now sees Blake as a “crazy uncle.” Heehee. Blake says that country music is about real stories, and Cassadee has an amazing ability to tell a story in music. She says that the song is spiteful and she’s going to pour emotion into the performance.
The opening is strong – Cassadee has a quiet tone but there’s a strength there that the song needs. Then she gets all Alanis on us and brings the heat in the chorus, complete with guitar playing. Whoa, that’s quite some flyaway hair she’s rocking up there. This is definitely her genre, I don’t care that she wants to do rock. Maybe she just needs to take country songs and give them a rock edge for a living, because she’s nailing this one. It’s angsty and strong.
Feedback from the Swivel Chairs
- Adam Levine – We used to open for Michelle Branch. You’re kind of the front-runner now and after last week the expectation is so much higher. Considering that you did a great job.
- CeeLo Green – Cassadee, you could win this thing. You’ve got a great voice.
- Blake Shelton – It’s Cassadee’s mom’s birthday and she couldn’t have a better present than you coming out here and doing that. Last week was a vulnerable moment and it connected. This week you showed that you’re every bit as good as anyone. You just sang the crap out of that song.