Danielle Bradbery – The Heart of Dixie – The Today Show (VIDEO)

Danielle Bradbery debuted her new single, “Heart of Dixie” on the Today show this morning. The song, just released this week, currently sits at the #1 spot on the iTunes country chart.

Check out The Voice winner performing her new song live for the first time, below.


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  • BonnieDee

    Was she lip synching? Her live performance sounded just exactly like her recorded single. I’m just asking. I’m hearing impaired so it might just be me.

  • Listening

    Umm I didn’t like her backup singer singing w/ her. I don’t think he was on key.

  • Listening

    Unless I see something off such as mouth movements not matching the words being sung or a difference in the sound during the song indicating some portions are live and some lip synced etc I assume it’s live. I mean she’s the one who sang the song it’s supposed to sound similar.

    And you got to remember we’ve seen her sing on the voice which is a live singing competition she’s always been nearly flawless vocally on that show. She can pull off great control and darn near perfect vocals. So i’m like 99.9% sure this is live.

  • BonnieDee

    OK. Thanks. She did a pretty good live version then. Still not enough emotion however.

  • jumpstart

    Very nice performance; girl has nerves of steel.

  • Listening

    Oops sorry tried to hit reply not the vote down button.

    I agree about the need for connection. I’ve seen her do better w/ that part on the voice but that was her weak spot she’d struggle w/ that most of the time.

    I’m hoping she’s got some songs on the album were she achieves that.That’s what I’d need to get me going, this is nice but it doesn’t hit the spot for me. Can you imagine what her career would be like if she accomplished more emotional connection. I mean look how well she’s done w/ a song I feel she needed to dig deeper w/ emotionally. I’m telling you, I was totally shocked by how well this song has gone over w/ the public. I did not see this coming. But good for her she seems like a sweet girl that’s talented so I wish her the best.

  • Eileen99

    Nice job by Danielle; I like this song a lot. Looking forward to her album.

  • JimBobby

    Fantastic performance. Thumbs UP!

  • wayne strong

    awesome job at #1

  • girlygirl

    ok, I’m a little confused. what do you mean “at #1”?

    it’s not #1 on the iTunes overall chart (it’s still #3)

    Nice performance by Danielle. She never shows any sign of nerves

  • TravelinThru

    Well, “The Heart of Dixie” is #1 on the iTunes Country Chart =)

  • girlygirl

    oh ok thanks :)

  • jumpstart

    I’m not a fan of country music, but can’t seem to get this song out of my head. It’s very catchy!

  • JimBobby


  • JimBobby

    Kathie Lee and Hoda chat with Danielle Bradbery.
    Success after ‘Voice’ is ‘crazy’


  • wayne strong

    ^^^ you know that you can remove down votes by clicking it again.

  • maymay

    Cassadee is a fake country singer but she has more emotion and connection with country songs than Danielle. The Heart Of Dixie is a sad single but Danielle has no feeling for it. It is perfect vocally but boring without emotion and connection.

    I think maybe Kree is the right person to sing the single. It reminds me of Kree`s coronation song. Unfortunately country radio didn`t play it. If Danielle had sung Kree`s coronation song, country radio could have played it a lot. Country radio thinks Danielle is the right person to be promoteed no matter what she sings or how she sings.

  • JimBobby

    Stop with the haterade. Danielle will progress. Heck, she’s 16. Also, you are right about Cassadee, she is a wannabe country that does not even feel country. She does not even presents a hint of country. I watch her new Wasting All These Tears video. If I didn’t know if she was a country artist, I would think she is a pop/rock artist.

  • thedeviledadvocate

    I do not understand what people mean when they say Danielle does not connect to this song. Where is it that she fails to connect? I honestly do not have a clue what you are talking about.

    In the beginning of this performance, her voice portrayed an understated sadness, right through when Dixie said her goodbyes. Now that is the only sad part of this song. The rest of this song is uplifting, and shows a woman being brave enough to leave a sad, bad situation, finding the courage to do so, and then realizing that she is stronger than she thought. That is not sad, that is what more women should do. She does sing it live just as perfectly as she sings on Itunes, which is a testament to her near perfect vocals. Is this why people think she isn’t connecting, because her voice doesn’t break during a sad line, because she doesn’t tear up at the beginning, or because after Dixie left the bum and was on the road, Danielle smiled in between verses?

    One needs to take into consideration also, this is Danielle’s first performance post Voice, and first performance of her debut song, on national tv. She is not a seasoned performer, so she doesn’t know how to work the crowd. On top of that, she is naturally shy, which you can tell at the end of the performance (a seasoned performer would have thanked the crowd and pumped them up after performing a new single). She will learn those things, in the meantime, her charm is in that she is naive about these things. She still seems awestruck at everything that has happened to her in the past few months, and well she should, since these types of things rarely happen.

    When a voice can convey the appropriate emotions in the song, as I feel Danielle does wonderfully, then I see no need for putting on a sad face to tell the audience she is feeling it, you can hear she is feeling the song just by listening. Obviously, many country music lovers enjoy the way she sings this song, or it would not be #1 on Itunes country chart right now. They like her other songs as well, since her Voice Collection has reentered the top 10 on country albums. Country radio is going to play this girls songs, even though it is a boys club there, because this girl is the real deal. I look forward to her album, future singles, and a promising future for her in country music.

  • Amy Beth

    Unfortunately, Miley’s song is holding strong. The #4 song is closer to Danielle than she is to #2.

  • JimBobby

    That’s what I love about Danielle, she’s fresh and naive still. Will be fun to see her grow into a seasoned performer in the years to come. I love her persona.

  • teacup

    I think country needed someone like her, who is just fresh and wholesome, young and adorable. I need to get this song. :)

  • dd999

    I’m so impressed with young Danielle. Her down-to-earth, ‘sweet sixteen’ personality and those endless smiles is so refreshing. I honestly think with Danielle, the success could end tomorrow and she’d be still so grateful for the experience and the smiles would continue.To those who think she doesn’t show enough emotion, my feelings are satisfied about that, when its understood, she’s telling the story of ‘Dixie’ and I think the chorus of the song, is where Danielle sings with anticipation and a sense of a new beginning for Dixie….well done, Danielle.

  • Amy Beth

    I will attempt to explain. I preface this by saying I like Danielle, but I’m not a fanatic. It’s obvious she has a natural gift, her voice is amazing and people like her.

    But if enough people notice a lack of connection to the songs, there must be something to it. There are are some singers you can listen to and feel like you lived through the experience. I (and obviously others) don’t get that from Danielle, at least not yet.

    It may be performance anxiety, because for me, her best performance was on the finale where there was no pressure and she was crushing on Hunter Hayes.

  • windmills

    When I say I don’t believe Danielle does not connect to the song, I mean her vocal tone and phrasing don’t vary to fit the lyric like a country storyteller’s should. Too, because her vocal tone is naturally bright, she doesn’t convey the weight of what Dixie goes through in the verses.

    Yes, the overall message of The Heart Of Dixie is upbeat. However, what Danielle has yet to learn because she is so young, is how to create an emotional arc to fit the story of the song. That is why I have criticized Danielle’s label for giving her a debut single that, while catchy and solidly written, needs emotional weight as much as it needs a beautiful voice (which Danielle has). Something more along the lines of Born To Fly, Maybe It Was Memphis, or Who I Am, which were Danielle’s best sellers on The Voice. The Heart Of Dixie is too much like Wasted in that Danielle sang it fine, but without the emotional arc in her voice (I’m not even talking about external expressions) that the song needs.

    The initial Itunes sales for Danielle are an impressive reflection of her fanbase from The Voice, but not necessarily an indication of how country fans will respond going forward. But I’d be happy to see country radio embrace her, and hope that Danielle’s label finds better-suited songs for her for the rest of her debut album.

  • windmills

    Danielle’s pitch on the live performance is a little different at times from her pitch on the studio version. Definitely a live performance.

  • dd999

    I fully understand what your saying. It would have been so perfect and very natural for Danielle to sing a song where her beautiful smile would be a bonus to the song. IMO she has got one of the best voices in country music right now. The songs you mentioned ‘Born to Fly’ and ‘Maybe It Was Memphis’ (the first time she sang it where she cutely smiled through the song) was a winner and her sales on I-tunes clearly showed that it was.

  • SM

    Boo. Danielle’s like the antithesis of Miley Cyrus.

  • Listening

    Thanks for telling me. I just figured out that down vote isn’t me. I must of already fixed it. I kind of panicked after I accidentally clicked down and clicked everything which corrected it w/out me knowing.

  • Tammy Luebrecht

    Danielle sounds great but I still wish they’d give her something she can relate to emotionally. This song is so far beyond her age, it’s no wonder she doesn’t connect with it. As much as I can’t stand Taylor Swift, I think she should be writing songs for Danielle.

  • thedeviledadvocate

    Thank you for your response. I know you are very knowledgeable about these youngsters coming from the singing shows.

    We will have to agree to disagree that Danielle’s tone and phrasing doesn’t vary to fit the storyteller arc. Admittedly, it is very understated in the beginning, but the sadness is in her voice. Also, admittedly, the remainder of the song has only a slightly more upbeat sound than the beginning, however, it is there. As you say, this is due to her youth and naturally bright voice.

    I actually agree that it would have been nice for Danielle to debut with a more youthful song, but, I think by debuting with a more mature song, she will not be placed in the little girl box, and be trapped singing songs that are only appealing to teenyboppers. I have been listening to country music since Johnny Cash was considered a rock and roll singer LOL. I was a youngster when Patsy Cline debuted her song “I Fall To Pieces”, and was cheering Tanya Tucker on when she debuted “Delta Dawn.” I was fortunate enough to watch Leann Rimes perform Blue in person when she was still 14, and honestly, she owned the place, and was much more capable of playing to the crowd than Danielle is right now, but then, Leann already had much more experience than Danielle has. So, I’m saying, I really don’t buy into the too mature subject matter for Danielle. I think her label is doing a great job, and will listen to the feedback. If there are too many people who agree with you about the subject matter, then her label will likely dial it back, and go a little more happy go lucky rather than serious.

    I also agree than Danielle needs to convey more emotion than I hear. I am giving her a pass on that for now, because, I know she will in the future. She is only going to get better.

    As for the intitial sales, that was almost a given that she would do well to start. You are absolutely correct that in order for this song to be a success radio will have to play it, and play it often. I’m hoping Big Machine uses their pull, or bribery or whatever it takes to get her song played on the radio because it is a necessity for her success. I’m a little more optimistic about that happening than some are, but that’s because I think Danielle has the most gifted voice on a 16 year old that I have heard since Leann Rimes. Whether she will sell close to 40 million albums like Leann has remains to be seen. That question won’t be answered for 10 to 15 years. Anyway thanks again for the reply.

  • chloe18

    She sounded great here and I hope she continues to do well. I’m also impressed how the label, her management, whoever is getting her out there right away. Especially with so many singing shows it seems like now more than ever if you wait too long everyone has moved on. I would love to see a contestant from the Voice find some lasting success, as much as I like the show I think they need this to stay around.

  • BonnieDee

    I’m surprised. I really thought she’d go up to #1 overall today.

  • chili1000

    “The Heart of Dixie” is NOT a sad song. It’s not necessarily happy, but it is definitely inspiring and empowering. Nothing sad about that.

  • SM

    Down to #5 now on itunes. I was surprised she got to #3 though without any real big promotion before hand. But yeah, I like this kid for the same reasons you do. She just so darn pleasant all of the time and…NORMAL. And I think she’d be that way with whatever she does…I hope it continues to be music for a loooong time.

  • girlygirl

    I don’t think she ever had a chance to hit #1 overall. Blurred Lines is still selling like crazy.

  • Geoff

    Danielle plays the role of narrator in this song, she’s telling someone else’s story, so I think her emotional connection to it is perfect. Besides that that, it’s difficult for a 16 year old girl to be truly emotionally connected to anything by nature.

  • Geoff

    For people who keep criticizing Danielle for not expressing enough “emotion” in the song, you are missing the point. Danielle plays the role of narrator in this song, she’s telling someone else’s story, so I think her emotional connection to it is perfect. Besides that that, it’s difficult for a 16 year old girl to be truly emotionally connected to anything by nature. It’s one of the best songs by a female out there in country music today, quality wise, as well as content wise.

  • Geoff

    It’s sad that songs like “Blurred Lines” and “We Can’t Stop” are number 1 and 2 on iTunes. But i LOVE that music like “Heart of Dixie” is challenging them. We need a musical shift in this world. I’m tired of everything always relating back to disgustingness like Miley Cyrus’s and Robin Thicke’s songs.

  • toother

    I don’t watch the Today Show. But, I watched DB’s video here and was surprised how few people attended this taping. For someone that went to the top of Itunes,sales in country, in less than a day and all her sales on Itunes for The Voice cover’s. Makes you wonder, where were the fan’s, to see her perform for the first time. Maybe, TShow never gets big crowd’s, for this type of performance. LP.

  • dd999

    I was thinking the same, but didn’t express it, but I agree with you!!!

  • dd999

    Sadly, I agree, Miley and the success she’s had, have changed her approach, to what she thinks, she needs to do, to be entertaining. Justin Beiber is another one, who’s been living on the wild side these days. Danielle though only sixteen, seems very mature for her age, and the country singers she looks up to are Carrie U. and Taylor S…. good choices for role models.

  • LeoCS

    Danielle seems to be creating an active online fanbase. Interesting. I think she’s the first contestant this year to have it.

  • girlygirl

    Sorry, but I love Blurred Lines. It’s one of my favorite current songs. I could do without the Miley Cyrus one, though

  • roaringpen

    Me too, I flove Blurred Lines.

  • Geoff

    Women want to be respected, but then they “love” songs like blurred lines, that is disrespectful and degrading to women. Read the lyrics, and listen to what Robin Thicke said about how the song is degrading to women and how fun it is to do that. You can’t have it both ways. If you’re gonna support music like that, you can’t expect to be respected.

  • Geoff

    Women always want to be respected, but then they “love” songs like blurred lines, that is disrespectful and degrading to women. Read the lyrics, and listen to what Robin Thicke said about how the song is degrading to women and how fun it is to do that. You can’t have it both ways. If you’re gonna support music like that, you can’t expect to be respected.

  • Jasmine

    You’re taking his statement too literal, and coming across as a generalizing, misogynist yourself while you’re at it.

    People (yes, women are people if you weren’t aware) are free to enjoy any song they please. Liking a song some see as raunchy, controversial, and just plain wrong does not mean they should expect disrespect because of it.

    I’m not even a fan of Blurred Lines, but your statement really rubbed me the wrong way.

  • macfae

    I didn’t know that, good for her … 215,000 Twitter followers is not bad…but it’s not like having a fansite to congregate.
    I have really gotten to like her and hope she does well.

    Michelle has a nice website and her fans have twitter and fb pages that look pretty active but that’s all.
    Amber has said her fansite is just her Twitter page. Bless her heart, she only has about 50,000 followers.

  • EvilTroyandEvilAbed

    I finally think I understand the emotion complaints. For me, I think she connects to the song fine, but she’s not emoting. I think that’s my issue with Danielle, her face and body language seem disconnected from her voice and the song so the delivery ends up being flat and thus raising the “she’s not connecting issues”

    I think if she learns to emote better using her face and body, she’ll dispel the “she’s not connecting” complaints IMO.

  • Hollis Long

    LOVE Danielle Bradbery & LOVE her 1st single “The Heart of Dixie”. Check out my acoustic cover of it, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar7DQSNlJfI