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EDITORS’ NOTES

Seventeen-year-old Danielle Bradbery makes the leap into Nashville’s big leagues with impressive confidence, inviting comparisons with the likes of Carrie Underwood and Sara Evans. The Texas-born singer benefits from strong material by such notable tunesmiths as Aimee Mayo, Dave Barnes, and Sarah Buxton, as well as from well-tailored production by Dan Huff and Brett James. The accent here is on young love and big dreams, with Bradbery taking on the roles of both teenaged romantic and wise older sister. A spirit of self-empowered optimism courses through “The Heart of Dixie,” “Daughter of a Workin’ Man,” and “My Day.” “Young in America” recalls the highway anthems of Jo Dee Messina, while the mixed emotions of “Wild Boy” strike a Taylor Swift–like note. Bradbery shows off her powerhouse pipes throughout, whether she’s backed by soaring strings (“I Will Never Forget You”) or folksy acoustic instrumentation (“Dance Hall”). (The album’s deluxe edition adds four impressive cover tunes, including a knockout version of Pam Tillis’ hit “Maybe It Was Memphis.”)

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seventeen-year-old Danielle Bradbery makes the leap into Nashville’s big leagues with impressive confidence, inviting comparisons with the likes of Carrie Underwood and Sara Evans. The Texas-born singer benefits from strong material by such notable tunesmiths as Aimee Mayo, Dave Barnes, and Sarah Buxton, as well as from well-tailored production by Dan Huff and Brett James. The accent here is on young love and big dreams, with Bradbery taking on the roles of both teenaged romantic and wise older sister. A spirit of self-empowered optimism courses through “The Heart of Dixie,” “Daughter of a Workin’ Man,” and “My Day.” “Young in America” recalls the highway anthems of Jo Dee Messina, while the mixed emotions of “Wild Boy” strike a Taylor Swift–like note. Bradbery shows off her powerhouse pipes throughout, whether she’s backed by soaring strings (“I Will Never Forget You”) or folksy acoustic instrumentation (“Dance Hall”). (The album’s deluxe edition adds four impressive cover tunes, including a knockout version of Pam Tillis’ hit “Maybe It Was Memphis.”)

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About Danielle Bradbery

Singer Danielle Simone Bradbery was born July 23, 1996 in League City, Texas. Although she claimed she had never sung in front of a big crowd before, mostly just singing in front of a mirror in her bedroom with a hair brush in hand, she cleared blind auditions and became a contestant on the fourth season of the television show The Voice in 2013. One of her songs during the Top Ten playoff round, a rendition of "Heads Carolina, Tails California," ended up topping the digital charts. Subsequently, a download-only album of her performances on the show was issued that summer, and in November of the same year she released her self-titled studio album, which featured the hit single "The Heart of Dixie," which peaked at 16 on Billboard's Country charts. Another single, "Young in America," followed in 2014 and Bradbery then headed out on tour as the supporting act for Hunter Hayes. In 2015, she released "Friend Zone," the first single from her forthcoming second album. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    League City, TX
  • GENRE
    Country
  • BORN
    July 23, 1996

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