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article imageInterview with Danielle Bradbery: 'The Heart of Dixie' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 6, 2013 in Entertainment
Walt Disney once said: "All our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." A musician that best exemplifies this quotation is country singer Danielle Bradbery.
The 17-year old country singer came to fame after winning the fourth season of the reality competition, "The Voice," while being coached by country superstar Blake Shelton. "That was awesome," she said. "Blake always had really good advice and really great things to say and he believed in me."
While on the reality singing show, she covered stellar rendition of two Pam Tillis country classics such as "Maybe It Was Memphis" and "Shake The Sugar Tree," both of which were well-received by veteran country sensation Pam Tillis herself. "Danielle is a talented young lady and that was really great. Gosh, it trended on Twitter and it made young people curious about my music. Danielle really got it and she had a lot of control. To be that young and have that much control over your voice is pretty amazing," Pam Tillis had told Digital Journal, complimenting Bradbery.
In return, upon hearing Tillis' quote, Bradbery was extremely flattered. "Oh wow, that is awesome," she said. "That is amazing."
Country singer Danielle Bradbery
Country singer Danielle Bradbery
Rick Diamond
Fast forward a few months, Bradbery released her debut studio album on Big Machine Records on November 5, 2013, which has garnered rave reviews from critics. "It's a great feeling being up there with Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw," she said.
Her lead single "The Heart of Dixie" sits at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts, for the week ending December 14. "That's really amazing," Bradbery exclaimed. "It's cool seeing my very first single up there. It's awesome."
On the song selection of her newest studio album, she remarked, "They handed songs over to me and I got to choose from a handful of hands. I just listened to each and every one of them very carefully. It was really fun picking those songs."
When asked to select her personal favorite track on the CD, she revealed that she really loves the closing tune "My Day," which really showcases her powerhouse pipes. "I feel like I can really relate to that song in many ways with the whole 'Voice' experience and what is going on now," she explained. "'Dance Hall' is a really fun song. It's right up there with 'My Day' too."
Although at times her schedule may get a bit overwhelming, she shared, "I am getting more and more used to it and more comfortable doing everything. I keep myself grounded is by surrounding myself with my friends and family. So far so good," she said with a sweet laugh.
Each day, she is motivated by her friends and family members that she talks to on a regular basis. "They remind me of everything and they say how proud they are and motivate me. That is what keeps me going," Bradbery said.
She listed country mega-star and label-mate Tim McGraw as her dream male duet choice. "Tim McGraw is every other female artist's dream to do a duet with. If that comes in my way, that would be amazing," she said.
Country sensation Danielle Bradbery
Country sensation Danielle Bradbery
Angela Tally
Bradbery is a part of several tours that are happening. "Everything is just lining up and getting into order. I am excited for whatever they put my way and all the performances that I get to do and the people that I get to meet," she said.
Speaking of concerts, Bradbery will be a part of Brad Paisley's "Beat This Winter" tour and she will play a show at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York, where she will open for him, along with country singer Chris Young. "That is going to be awesome to go to New York. Everybody is awesome there and it is going to be really exciting," she said.
On July 17, Bradbery performed her new single at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City for the "The Today Show" and she subsequently partook at a press event at the iconic Empire State Building, where she also played an acoustic set.
Danielle Bradbery from  The Voice
Danielle Bradbery from 'The Voice'
Photo Courtesy of Big Machine Records
"That was actually my first time being in New York. I got to sing on top of the Empire State Building, which was a little bit scary, but it was definitely an experience and to be able to sing my first single along with that was awesome," she said.
Another proud moment for Bradbery was playing at the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage. "Knowing how much history was on that stage and where I was, was quite unbelievable. To be there and get the opportunity was amazing. I will love to go back," she said.
She noted that it was quite nerve-wrecking for her to play the Opry, but once she started singing she was fine.
Bradbery credits her musical influences as such award-winning country songstresses as Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Taylor Swift. "That group has inspired me a lot to sing and I still look up to them so much," she said. "Those were my inspirations."
For hopefuls that wish to go into music professionally, Bradbery stated, "People that are shy like me and are trying to pursue something that they love should try and then you never know how high you can get. That was my motive. I tried something that I thought I couldn't do and I went all the way."
Bradbery stays connected with her fans via her social media pages such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. "It's cool seeing all the hype that is happening on the social media about my album and my first single and the places where I am at. It's really cool seeing what they have to say," she said.
For Danielle Bradbery, the word success has many meanings. "I am thankful for whatever got handed over to me, and what will continue to, and how far I will go. I am thankful for everything," she said.
For more information on country star Danielle Bradbery, visit her official website.
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