In a new interview with The York-Dispatch, Season 4 Voice winner Danielle Bradbery clarified the issue of her past experience performing, her journey on The Voice and teased a couple of new songs as well as the release date for her debut album.
Asked about the Cy Fest videos (like this one and this one) that had some people questioning The Voice’s presentation of her as a singer who had never previously performed in front of any crowd, Danielle said:
That was actually taped between the blind rounds and the knockout rounds. Between there, we got to go home. My step-dad puts up these festivals called Cy-Fest and Katie-Fest. Between band sets, when the crews were moving around instruments and getting the next performer ready, my step-dad was like, “Let me just throw you up there so you get used to being in front of people on a stage.” I was still really nervous, but I got up there and did it. That was kind of a help for me to get in front of people for the future battle rounds and knockout rounds. But it still took me a while to get out of my shell.
Danielle also discussed her upcoming album:
I’ve been in Nashville every week a couple of days. I have one more song to be working on. Everything’s going really fast. I’m almost done. And they’re looking around Nov. 10 that the album will come out.
November 10th is a Sunday, but November 12th is a Tuesday (and would be the same day Kellie Pickler is set to release her 4th album, as well as 5 weeks after Season 3 Voice champ Cassadee Pope releases her new album). Danielle said that her album would be country, with a “little different sound” to the songs, and ranging from “fun, cool songs” to “powerful songs.” Danielle talked about a couple of songs she’s especially eager for people to hear:
All my other songs I’m definitely excited about, but there are a couple that have me super excited. I can tell that girls my age can either relate or I can see them jamming out in their car to them with their girlfriends. One of my songs is called “Wild Boy” and (another is) “Dance Hall.” They’re fun songs. I’m so excited for everyone to hear them.
Turns out, there is audio available of both tracks! “Dancehall” sees Voice alum Nicolle Galyon (with cowriters April Cushman and Molly Reed) coming through yet again with a strong cut for a talent show alum (Galyon and Cushman cowrote “Dirt Road Prayer,” the best song on Lauren Alaina’s debut album). Based on melody, descriptiveness, and age-appropriateness, I think it is by far the best of the four tunes Danielle is known to have cut for her upcoming album (the other two being Danielle’s lead single “The Heart Of Dixie,” currently #41 in its 9th week on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck/Mediabase airplay chart, and “Never Like This”). Check out Nicolle Galyon’s demo of “Dance Hall” here:
“Wild Boy” is cowritten by “The Heart Of Dixie” cowriters Caitlyn Smith and Troy Verges with Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo, and was recently released by singer and Princeton University undergraduate Maggie Sajak (daughter of Wheel Of Fortune host Pat Sajak). Check out Sajak’s video for the song here: