Who hasn’t heard of The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery? This young lady is local to our area and suddenly found herself at the NBC Studios in Los Angeles competing against the best and brightest vocal talent in the nation.
If it weren’t for her mother, Danielle would not have attended the blind auditions. Mom submitted Danielle as a hopeful contestant, which surprised the 16-year-old Cy Ranch High sophomore. Fortune smiled upon Danielle as Usher, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine turned in their chairs at her rendition of “Mean.” She made it through the first round, became a part of Team Blake, and impressed an audience of fans.
Week by week Danielle edged closer to a recording contract and a $100,000 prize. She sang a wide range of selections, including “Put Your Records On,” “Jesus Take the Wheel,” “Maybe it was Memphis,” “Wasted,” “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” “Grandpa,” “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “A Little Bit Stronger,” “Please Remember Me,” and “Who I Am.” Each title spurred her onward as fellow contestants were voted off.
The Top Three!
Only Danielle, Michelle Chamuel and The Swon Brothers remained as America waited for the Season 4 winner to be announced. All three were treated to a car, courtesy of Kia—which surprised them! Danielle, as the youngest winner in the history of the show, “was speechless” as her name was announced. The victory happened to fall on June 18th, which was Blake Shelton’s 37th birthday. What a gift that must have been as it catapulted him into new acclaim as the “winningest” coach who had groomed three out of four season winners.
Danielle’s newfound celebrity changed everything. Her “new normal” included a whirlwind appearance on the Today Show and a visit to her new record label, Big Machine, which also represents Taylor Swift. Several of her renditions performed on The Voice reached the Top 10 chart on iTunes.
As soon as she could, Danielle returned home to catch up with family and friends. A homecoming celebration at Community of Faith in Cypress, a church her family attends, was held on June 29th. Danielle performed to a live audience and sang “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Senator Dan Patrick gave her a plaque from the state capitol. The Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce congratulated her with a “Key to the Community”—a beautiful key-shaped necklace commemorating her win.
“I’m still processing it all,” says Danielle, who appreciates her fans and supporters. She will continue her education as a junior at an online high school, freeing her to gain an education while attending to her new obligations. She’s working on new music and is adjusting to stardom. With her parents, stepparents and large supportive family at her side, she’ll navigate Nashville while retaining her sweet demeanor and Christian values. We wish Danielle the very best and hope to hear her new music soon!