Cassadee Pope didn't really shock any of us when she won The Voice in 2012. I mean, did you hear her sing Miranda Lambert's "Over You" and Keith Urban's "Stupid Boy"? But now that her new career as a country singer has thrown her into the spotlight, she's been shocked by a few things.
You can see it all unfold when CMT's Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame premieres Friday (Oct. 4) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Or watch the exclusive online premiere now at CMT.com.
But I had the chance to get a sneak peek at what has surprised Pope about the switch from lead singer in a pop band to becoming a solo country artist. Here's what she told me:
Shocker No. 1: "Being a performer isn't that new to me, but I was pleasantly surprised by how I was embraced right away. I didn't feel like anyone was judging me or anybody was skeptical, especially in Nashville. The songwriters and producers and everybody just really embraced me and made me feel like I was already part of the community. It was really exciting to have people give me their stamp of approval."
Shocker No. 2: "I'm not really used to only being on the road on weekends. I'm used to playing five or six shows straight, having a day off, then going right back into it. These weekend crowds are all having so much fun, but once they know my stuff, it will be even more exciting. Like when they are singing along and standing up and rocking out. I have to work hard for that. It keeps my entertaining chops going."
Shocker No. 3: "I didn't realize there would be radio tours. I'd never done that before as a pop singer. But it really is an important relationship that you form with radio people, and you have to take that seriously. I've loved getting closer with those people. So whenever somebody adds my song, I can pick up the phone and call and thank them personally. That doesn't get to happen in other genres. And it's been special for me."
Shocker No. 4: "Fans embraced me on The Voice. And when I did country songs, they were all like, 'Come into our world. We want you.' It was like a force that I felt from them. It was really magical. And I didn't plan it. It just happened. Now I just keep getting more and more fans from the country world."