She won season four of "The Voice" in June and this week releases her debut album on Big Machine Records. Yep, Danielle Bradbery has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season.
"The whole experience with 'The Voice' gave a jump start to everything that is going on now," she tells Billboard. "I'm so thankful for everything -- working with Blake Shelton, having that kind of mentor when you need him, meeting all these artists, going to the CMA Awards, I had to pinch myself a couple of times. So many things are coming in my path, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next."
She smiles when asked about how much her confidence has grown as a vocalist since beginning her run on "The Voice," admitting things have changed quite a bit since that first night. "At the beginning, I was terrified to go on stage. I just went and told myself to do it. That was my motivation every time I went on stage – from blind auditions to the finale – I just told myself ‘This is so much fun, and you're getting to meet so many awesome people.' These four coaches are so unbelievable, and you get to sing for them every week. I just tried to think about all the positive things about it, and I would tell myself that if I got voted off, it would be fine. That really calmed me down. I got out on stage, and had fun with it – like Blake told me to do. Once I started to do that, I loosened up a lot."
Now, with her album out, Bradbery's ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work promoting it. First single "The Heart of Dixie" has found favor with radio, rising to No. 24 this week on the Country Airplay chart. The video for the laid-back country ditty has attracted more than 2 million views on YouTube since late September. Watch:
The emotional centerpiece of the album might very well be the soaring "I Will Never Forget You," a song she says she loves performing. "The first time I heard it, I knew. I love singing power-house ballads, and the words on top of it are so powerful and inspirational. It really gets to people, and it can speak to everyone's situation – not just one person. The high notes in the song make it even more powerful. I'm so glad I get to be the owner of it."
She's also honored and humbled to be working with Scott Borchetta and his team at Big Machine, whom she says she learns from everyday. "Working with Scott is so great because he's so smart at what he does. Look at how he picked up Taylor Swift when she was younger than me, and what she has done as an artist. I am so grateful for the entire team over there."
Next up for Bradbery, she'll be hitting the road with Brad Paisley "Beat This Winter" tour beginning Jan. 9 in Greenville, SC.