- Words Ryan Cahill
Getting to grips with the American country icon.
Back in 2013, the fourth season of The Voice aired in the US with Usher, Adam LeVine, Shakira and Blake Shelton on the judging panel. While it was a year of mega talent, no one stood out quite as much as Danielle Bradbery, a Texan teenager with a penchant for Country. The 16-year-old went on to win the series, becoming the youngest ever winner at the time.
Half a decade later and she’s a 22-year-old musician still making her mark on the biz. Late last year she released her second album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met and a year on she’s back with even more new music. Her latest single “Goodbye Summer” is the re-released duet version of her album track “Hello Summer”, and it’s already clocked up over 2 millions views on YouTube.
It’s rare that talent show winners go on to have a fruitful career, but it’s fair to say that Bradbery has broken the mould. We jumped on our DMs to have a quick back and fourth with her about everything from near death experiences to her earliest celebrity crush.
Do you remember your dreams? Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had….
I usually can’t remember them!
What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?
Probably at birth! I came out with my umbilical cord wrapped around my neck and my face was purple.
Tell us, what is your first memory of music?
My mom used to clean the house and play latin music really loud. That’s my first memory involving music!
What’s your star sign? (and are you a typical *whatever your sign is*?
Leo. I think I am a pretty typical Leo.
When was the first time you had your heart broken? (Who by? How did it feel? What did you do?)
Recently- have you heard my album “I Don’t Believe We’ve Met”? 😉
Who was your first celebrity crush?
The Sprouse Twins from Suite life of Zack and Cody.
Tell us one thing nobody / not many people know about you.
This is weird, but I stand in front of my blow dryer when I’m cold to warm up. hah
"Goodbye Summer" by Danielle Bradbery & Thomas Rhett
What would your biography be called?
The Girl With The Texas Tattoo.
What was the first song you ever wrote?
Strangely it was with Maren Morris! Called “I’m Me Because of You”.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Be true to yourself.
What has been your biggest achievement?
Probably winning The Voice.
Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
Ron Weasley because he’s shy like me and little bit awkward. Even my best friend calls me VeRONica Weasley.
How was High School?
It wasn’t my favourite. I left my high school pretty early to do The Voice then tour. I did online school and had a tutor during The Voice.
Who is the most famous person in your DMs?
He’s a baseball player 🙊
Describe your own personal idea of hell…
Being stuck in a freezer with my worst enemy.
What’s a lie you’ve told and what was the fall out?
None of them were worth it! I’m a bad liar.
Which super power would you most like to have, and why?
To teleport because I hate airplanes.
What is one album that totally changed your life?
Carnival Ride by Carrie Underwood.
When was the last time you cried and why?
A couple weeks ago because my family dog passed away.
Where/what will you be doing at the end of the world?
On the beach with my family and friends drinking margaritas.