REVIEW: Danielle Bradbery’s Self-Titled Debut Album
Exactly eight months ago today, a sweet, Texas-born and raised sixteen-year-old named Danielle Bradbery performed Taylor Swift‘s “Mean” on NBC’s The Voice. Fast forward three months and Danielle Bradbery was a household name as Season Four’s champion from Team Blake, coached by country megastar, Blake Shelton. Danielle’s self-titled debut album with record label Big Machine Records hit stores and iTunes today, and fans will not be disappointed in the project they have been anticipating since Danielle was declared “The Voice.”
Danielle’s album — a fifteen-track disc with four popular covers, two previously recorded songs, and nine originals — offers fans a little bit of everything from the youngest winner of The Voice and Team Blake protege. Fans are already familiar with tracks 12-15, all songs performed by Danielle on live television during the competition. “Jesus Take the Wheel,” “Born To Fly,” “Maybe It Was Memphis,” and “Who I Am” are some of Danielle’s fans’ favorite covers from The Voice, and are a throwback to Danielle’s music industry roots and a way to pay homage to where she came from.
Additionally, fans are also extremely familiar with Danielle’s Top 20 hit, “Heart of Dixie,” which showcases Danielle’s range and ability to emote in a song that most seventeen-year-olds would have difficulty identifying with and projecting. However, there is no doubt that Danielle possesses a sense of maturity (in this song, throughout her album, on stage, and in interviews) that allows her to conquer whatever she sets her mind to.
The first track on Danielle’s album, “Young In America,” was penned by Whitney Duncan, Jaren Johnston, and Kylie Sackley (all of whom have quite the impressive resumes). The song gives off an art imitating life feel, as Danielle sings about leaving her small town to see what is out there in the country. Danielle, a Texas girl who grew up in a small town, is certainly experiencing what it is like to escape such confines to see what else America has to offer (considering she has been on tour with the likes of Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley).
The album continues with “Wild Boy,” which was previously recorded by Maggie Sajak and written by Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Caitlyn Smith, and Troy Verges. The song captures the desire that many good girls have to tame and change that wild boy and finally get him to settle down. “He drives you senseless; leaves you defenseless” Danielle heartfully sings before the breakout chorus, which shows off her undeniable talent.
In the song that is my personal favorite on the album, “I’ll Never Forget You,” Danielle proves why she was crowned America’s favorite singer. The lyrics, the melody, the hook … writers Katrina Elam, Josh Kear, and Chris Tompkins hit it out of the park. Add in Danielle’s exceptional range, power, and stamina, and this song is a clear front runner as the most buzzworthy song on the album. In a portion of the song that makes you hold your breath as Danielle flawlessly belts and hits the highest of notes on the album, she sings “when I’m sleepin’, when I’m dreamin’, when I’m awake, I’ve got the feelin’ that I’ll never get you out of my mind.” And as you listen to the remainder of the album after this fourth song, you will not be able to get this vocal performance out of your minds.
The album continues with “Endless Summer,” “Talk About Love,” and “Never Like This,” which stick with the album’s theme of letting go, falling in love, and remembering the good times with the one you love. This trio of mid-album songs are age-appropriate, fun, light-hearted, and identifiable for anyone who has had a first love.
The eighth track on the album, “Daughter of a Working Man,” was written by Dave Barnes, Nicolle Galyon, and Clint Lagerberg, and is a song that Danielle was thrilled to receive. Danielle, being only seventeen, often has her father out on the road with her and clearly has a very special relationship with him. This song focuses on moving forward and experiencing changes, but never forgetting your roots. In the song, Danielle expresses that while she isn’t quite sure what is ahead of her, if she uses love as her compass, everything will work out. The song culminates in the single line “part of knowing where I’m going is knowing where I’m from.”
The ninth track is one that our followers are likely very familiar with at this point. Previously recorded by Emily Brooke, a young artist we have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know rather well, “Dance Hall” is about making the best of a situation with the one that you love. This sweet, soft track suggests that you can take what appears to be a dead end town and a boring night and turn it around into romance and fun.
Danielle’s original tracks come to an end with “Yellin’ From the Rooftop” and “My Day.” The first of the two, “Yellin’ From the Rooftop,” exudes a Laura Bell Bundy vibe out of the gate, but slows down ever-so-slightly, allowing Danielle to make her own mark on the song. After nine previous songs about falling in love, it only makes sense that by track ten, Danielle is yelling how much she loves her guy from the rooftop. And it can’t get much more appropriate than ending the original tracks with “My Day” on this very day, which is, in fact, Danielle’s day. Danielle sings “this is my day, this is my day, I won’t let it slip away,” and we encourage Danielle to hold on to this day with everything she has, because from our preview of the album, this day is going to change her life.
You can now pick up your copy of Danielle Bradbery in stores and on iTunes.
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