Cassadee Pope discusses reconnecting with father and almost passing on 'The Voice'

By Kristen Spicker,

Cassadee Pope’s appearance on The Voice didn’t just land her a record deal, it also helped her reconnect with her father.

After a year of not speaking, the singing competition connected with Pope’s father in hopes to reunite the pair for a hometown episode.

“I was able to call him back finally and compose myself and we talked through everything,” Pope told Access Hollywood. “I had needed him to say he was sorry. Just to hear it. I was [feeling] a little neglected.”

But the singer also relieved some guilt she felt.

“I apologized as well," Pope confessed. "I said, 'I'm sorry, maybe I could've tried harder. I let my pride get in the way. Let's just put the past in the past.”

One male that provided support to Pope during her Voice journey is boyfriend Rian Dawson, who is the drummer for pop-punk band All Time Low and was present for Pope’s win Tuesday which was also his birthday.

“He was like, 'This is the best birthday present ever,'" Pope said. "I was so excited.”

Pope’s win almost didn’t happen, though. The singer admitted to Rolling Stone that she considered passing on the show.

“Just being in the band world, you tend to get a little proud,” Pope said. “A part of me just didn't want to do this show because I wanted to do it from the ground up. I really wanted to do it the old-fashioned way, which is kind of impossible nowadays -- especially when everyone thinks you're going to sound exactly like your band and no one's interested.”

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