June 11, 2014 12:00 PM

BUZZ ARTIST

CASSADEE POPE

WITH POWERFUL PIPES AND SERIOUS SONGWRITING SKILLS, THE VOICE WINNER IS TAKING NASHVILLE BY STORM

She rocketed to fame after winning the third season of The Voice in 2012. Now the 24-year-old singer is proving she’s worth turning your chair around for, too. Here’s why:

1. She’s already scored a No. 1 record.

Her album Frame by Frame debuted at the top of the country charts with critics praising her powerhouse vocals.

2. She’s not just a voice.

“I am a songwriter,” says Pope, whose newest single, “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” is climbing the charts. “I have one song that I wrote called ’11’ about my parents’ divorce. I feel like putting music out there that personal can be really scary, but the payoff is indescribable.”

3. She’s no rookie.

Voice fans know she fronted the pop rock band Hey Monday before auditioning for the show. But her musical skills go back even further. “The first song I wrote was called ‘Flowers.’ I was 7 years old, and it was about how we are all flowers and we grow in life. Pretty deep for a kid!”

4. She’s still learning from the best.

Still close to her Voice coach Blake Shelton, she’s also keeping her eyes on another superstar: Tim McGraw. “I’m touring with him this summer – it’s going to be surreal,” she says. “I’ll be watching him every night and taking notes!”

5. She hasn’t let fame go to her head.

The “Wasting All These Tears” singer still does her own laundry and yard work. “I love the smell of freshly cut grass,” she says.

STAR CAUSE

ALL FOR THE HALL!

KEITH AND FRIENDS SHARE A NIGHT OF STORIES AND SONG TO BENEFIT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Ten days before Keith Urban‘s May 6 fund-raiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, cohost Vince Gill admitted he hadn’t seen a set list, but he wasn’t sweating it. “We’re all professionals,” he laughed. In fact, Urban rounded up some of the biggest pros in the business for his “large, intimate” evening of music, with stars like Reba, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore and new Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Milsap sharing hits, and – befitting Urban’s “songtellers” theme – stories. Carrie Underwood told the crowd that her own “Last Name” moment – liking a guy whose surname she didn’t know (before, she noted, she met husband Mike Fisher) – led to writing that tune, while Darius Rucker revealed that he got the idea to record “Wagon Wheel” while watching a faculty band cover the song at his daughter’s high school talent show. The fifth annual concert raised more than $600,000 for a place that “holds our treasures,” Gill says. “I learn something every time I go. I love Keith for doing this.”

ME & MY DOGS

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

THE SINGER SHARES FIVE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT HER BABIES ACE AND PENNY, A.K.A. ‘LITTLE MAN’ AND ‘SISSY PANTS’

1. THEY LOVE TO CUDDLE

“They sleep in bed with us, of course! They usually start the night off on Mike, but they always end up with me. I love waking up in the middle of a puppy sandwich—me spooning Ace and Penny spooning me.”

2. THEY DON’T TRAVEL LIGHT

“They have lots of toys and their own little suitcase. I keep lots of extra toys, poo bags, leashes … but they’re great at traveling. I take them everywhere. They get the run of the house, bus or hotel room.”

3. ACE DOESN’T KNOW HE’S A DOG

“He thinks he’s human and really doesn’t like to associate with other dogs besides Penny. He’s also a bit of a hall monitor; he doesn’t like anybody to have too much fun. We call him the Fun Police.”

4. PENNY IS DADDY’S GIRL

“I adopted Penny from the shelter that I fund, Happy Paws, in my hometown of Checotah, Okla. We’re both Checotah girls! But Penny would rather be in Mike’s lap to mine any day. If she’s sitting with me and Mike sits in his recliner, she’ll leave to go sit with him. She has him wrapped around her little paw.”

5. THEY HANG WITH A-LISTERS

“We took them over to see Baker and Hobbs, Hillary Scott and her husband Chris Tyrrell’s pups, but they were pretty naughty while we were there. Ace tried to mark their furniture and succeeded (he’s never done that anywhere else!) and Penny tried to rule the roost. All in all it wasn’t the best playdate for the pups, but their parents had a great time!”

ON THE MARKET

Trisha’s Tennessee Home

THE OKLAHOMA-BASED SINGER PUTS HER 1920s BRENTWOOD COTTAGE UP FOR SALE

$2.2 MILLION

As Seen on TV!

Yearwood, who now has her own cooking show on the Food Network, previously showed off this kitchen in both a Great American Country cooking show and an HGTV Christmas special.

Views of the Country

Yearwood bought the house, in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood, for $1.775 million in May 2000, five years before her marriage to Brooks.

Backyard Beauty

The 6,553-sq.-ft. house sits on a 4.42-acre property with two gated entrances, a backyard swimming pool and a guesthouse.

Room for Guests

The home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms, including a first-floor master suite with his and her baths.

All the Amenities

Selling the house – which also features three fireplaces and an elevator – “is bittersweet,” Yearwood told the Tennessean. “It’s been a wonderful safe haven for me.”

Sara Evans

MY FAVORITE PLACES ON EARTH

THE SINGER SHARES HER TOP 5 SPOTS

WATERCOLOR RESORT

SANTA ROSA, FLA.

“It’s become a summer tradition for me and Jay and all seven kids. We swim and spend a ton of time on the beach, and it’s just a storybook place.”

THE BALLPARK

MOUNTAINBROOK HIGH SCHOOL, BIRMINGHAM

“I always say I’m like Hannah Montana because I’ll literally go from being this glamorous superstar onstage to putting on a baseball cap and cheering for my kids like every other mom.”

SUNSET MARQUIS

LOS ANGELES

“It’s where I stay every time I go to L.A. It just feels like you’re in Old Hollywood. I feel glamorous when I’m there, and anything that makes me feel glamorous is great.”

MY MOM’S FARM

NEW FRANKLIN, MISSOURI

“It’s where I grew up. She’s the one who taught me how to cook, so being at the farm means my mom’s supper table, her food, riding horses and seeing all my siblings. We go back twice a year.”

HOME

“My house is my sanctuary. Because I’m someone who travels for work, every second that I’m home is awesome.”

RASCAL FLATTS’S JAY DEMARCUS

CELEBRITY Dream ANALYSIS

JAY DREAMED IT; WE HAD IT ANALYZED!

THE DREAM

“I’ve been dreaming that I’m the victim of mistaken identity and hit men are trying to kill me. Everywhere I go I run into somebody trying to kill me: It could be a room-service waiter in a hotel that has a gun, and I have to narrowly escape death every time.

THE ANALYSIS

“Recurring dreams alert us to recurring behaviors and the emotional responses to them,” says dream coach Paula Scardamalia of diviningthemuse.com. “If this dream were my dream, I’d wonder if being the victim of mistaken identity is about feeling like an impostor as a successful musician. Is there some part of me that still doesn’t believe I can be this successful? Surely someone will shoot me down and end it all soon. So I’d ask myself, What do I need to change to feel secure about who I am as a performer? And since room-service waiters are probably a common encounter for a musician on a waking, reality level, I’d also pay more attention to my security at hotels. Dreams also often give us practical advice.”

STAR TALK

Lucy Hale

THE TRUTH ABOUT NASHVILLE

After five seasons starring in TV’s Pretty Little Liars, Lucy Hale knows her way around some whoppers. Now the actress-singer—whose debut country CD, Road Between, is out this month – offers what she has found to be the biggest lies about Nashville.

LIE #1: You have to live in the South or the Midwest to appreciate country music. “While I was born and raised in Memphis, I moved to L.A. when I was 13 and have found lots of die-hard country fans in the city and even made converts of a few of my friends!”

LIE #2: Country music is just about losing your truck or losing your dog. “I was first drawn to country music for the way it tells a story. One of my favorite songs to sing live is “Nervous Girls” because it shares the insecurities I’ve experienced myself along with every other woman out there.”

LIE #3: You have to wear cowboy hats, boots and gingham to be country. “Although I love my boots, country fashion has come a long way!”

MUST-SEE SHOW

iHeart Goes Country

The first-ever iHeartRadio Country Festival on March 29 packed in the fans and the performers. On the all-star bill (from left): Jake Owen, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Dan+Shay, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes.

EDITORS’ PICKS

7 THINGS WE LOVE!

MIRANDA’S SHOES, TAMMY ON A STAMP AND MORE STUFF WE ADORE THIS MONTH

No. 1

STAR SOLES

The queen of cool country style now has her own shoe line: Miranda by Miranda Lambert, featuring sandals, boots and sexy heels – all ranging from $40–$80 and available at stores like DSW and Country Outfitters.

No. 2

HALL of FAME

RONNIE MILSAP

The 1977 CMA Entertainer of the Year joins veteran artists Hank Cochran and Mac Wiseman as the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Among Milsap’s hits: “Stranger in My House” and “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World.”

No. 3

The Farmer in All of Us

That viral “Farmer” Super Bowl ad is now a book with stunning National Geographic photos, and a portion of proceeds is going to Future Farmers of America. $45 at bookstores

No. 4

TAMMY WYNETTE GETS A STAMP

The Washington Post reported that Tammy Wynette is on the U.S. Postal Service’s list of approved subjects for upcoming postage stamps. Also on the list: Roy Orbison and Bill Monroe.

No. 5

2014 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 5–8, NASHVILLE

Four crazy days of cool meet and greets and hot music.

Can’t make it to Nashville? Check out CMA MusicFest page on iTunes for hits from all the performers! Go to iTunes.com/cma

No. 6

HONORING MERLE

DIERKS, TOBY AND A DOZEN OTHER STARS PAY TRIBUTE TO THE COUNTRY LEGEND ON A COLLECTION OF SOME OF HIS HITS.

$9.99 on iTunes

No. 7

BLAKE’S NEW GIG

Pitching Pizza!

Getting the star to appear in the new Pizza Hut ads wasn’t hard. “I’m probably one of the biggest Pizza Hut stalkers in America,” he says. “Gosh dang, I love pizza!”

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