Cassadee Pope, winner of season three of The Voice, released her first single – “Wasting All These Tears” – on Tuesday with a live premiere on last night’s season four episode.

Pope opened the elimination episode with her performance. She looked at home onstage as she performed the heartfelt country ballad-turned-rock song with the passion and emotion needed to match its words. She held high, low, and long notes with ease and strength.

Pope’s strong stage presence is no surprise, as she was the lead singer of the rock band Hey Monday before auditioning for The Voice in the fall of 2012. Her transition into country music, however, was no doubt influenced in some way by her former coach, country artist Blake Shelton.

Shelton made it clear that he was enjoying the live performance; he sang along when the cameras were on him, and gave a standing ovation when the song ended. The crowd clapped along with the beat of the song and cheered loudly as the performance ended.

During last night’s show, “Wasting All These Tears” reached the top spot in the iTunes country charts, and third overall. This is the lead single off her debut album, due to release in October. Pope is also performing her music on tour as an opening act for Rascal Flatts.

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