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Multi-faceted country artist Danielle Bradbery won the fourth season of the Voice at the age of 16. Her first self-titled album, released in 2013, peaked at number 5 on the US country charts and featured her GOLD-certified debut single, “Heart of Dixie.” Her second album, “I Don’t Believe We’ve Met,” was released in December 2017, with two singles, “Sway” and “Worth It,” breaking the top 50 in the US country charts. Bradbery was nominated for New Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards.
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Danielle Bradbery knows how you remember her. And she doesn’t blame you. There she was, in 2013, a spry, bubbly and utterly vivacious 16-year-old Texan, plucked from her normal life and placed on The Voice stage as if divinely destined to win over America’s heart. A member of Blake Shelton’s team, Bradbery cruised through the TV-singing competition on the strength of her stunning, mature-beyond-her-years performances of traditional country songs. Later that year, she released a Top 5 self-titled debut album with songs of a similar variety. And while Bradbery contends she still loves country music and always will, the 21-year-old that sits here today is a decidedly new woman. A more refined one. A singer finally ready to share all of herself with listeners.
A desire to peel back her emotional layers and, in the process, reveal her true self to the world — every bit the excited, inquisitive and passionate young woman who loves country, pop and R&B in equal measure — is precisely why Bradbery took nearly three years to rediscover her musical passion, investigate her sonic influences, and best understand where she stands as both a woman and evolving recording artist. It’s why she titled her next album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, which was released December 1 via BMLG Records. And, ever more important to Bradbery, it’s why for the first time as an artist she dove headfirst into the songwriting process with a no-nonsense directive to be honest and revealing in her music like never before.
The initial taste of Bradbery’s new album, and the first new solo music from the singer in more than four years, came in 2017 with the release of “Sway,” a feel-good, doo-wop flavored single is currently at country radio. Co-written with Emily Weisband and Johan Fransson, the breezy, sing-along track, the singer says, is “all about being simple and carefree.” But, as she notes, it was rather when she wrote the mesmerizing “Potential,” a raw, piano-anchored ballad penned with Weisband and Johan Lindbrandt, that she at last tapped into the unrelenting honesty that would come to define I Don’t Believe We’ve Met.
“It’s so real and honest and vulnerable and powerful,” she says of “Potential.” “We realized we needed to continue down that path.” Having the support of her fellow songwriters, including the acclaimed Shari Short (Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson), Bradbery notes, freed her up to give herself over entirely to each respective song. “Songwriting can be like a therapy session,” Bradbery says. “Nothing is wrong with being honest. Nothing. I always have to tell myself that. Not even just when writing a song. Even in conversation when you’re honest it makes everything feel so much better.”
Songwriting was a new and slightly frightening proposition for Bradbery. The Cypress, Texas native had long considered herself exclusively a singer, but with the encouragement of her fellow songwriters she finally decided to put pen to paper
Bradbery says in witnessing the boundaries of country music being constantly redefined she gave herself permission to take artistic chances with her new album. This sense of freedom is heard most notably on groove-indebted, pop-centric songs including “Hello Summer” and “What Are We Doing” both of which incorporate her passions for R&B and hip-hop. “I feel like the line of what is country music gets pushed every day,” Bradbery says. She references peers like former tourmate Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt who she says are both pushing the genre in exciting new directions.
But above all, Bradbery was free to be herself because she was confident she’d earned the trust of her loyal fans. Having a passionate support group like “the DB’ers,” the dedicated fans who’ve stuck by her side even during her years away, Bradbery felt the courage to never question her artistic and creative decisions.