Looks like Season 4 Voice winner Danielle Bradbery and her team are wasting no time in getting her recording career off the ground. Amazon has revealed the title and release date of her first original single.
Set to be released 7/16, the single is called “The Heart Of Dixie,” and it is cowritten by Brett James (who produces the track, and also cowrote Carrie Underwood’s first #1 hit, the Grammy winning “Jesus Take The Wheel”), Caitlyn Smith (who cowrote labelmate Cassadee Pope’s “Wasting All These Tears”), and Troy Verges (who cowrote Carrie Underwood’s #1 country hit “Wasted” and Hunter Hayes’s crossover smash “Wanted”).
Check out a couple of video interviews with Danielle with a couple of clips of Danielle in studio recording “The Heart Of Dixie.” The first clip also features interview footage with Danielle, in which she describes the 2 songs she was recorded so far as having “that country twang to them” but also being “little crossover.” There’s also footage from her first photoshoot, whose soundtrack included Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”!
Based on the clip, “The Heart Of Dixie” sound like a midtempo story song centered around a girl named Dixie who leaves home and sets out into the world after facing some heartbreak. As mentioned on this blog before, there is no shortage of songs in Nashville about a young girl leaving home for the first time, though there haven’t been many female acts on major labels launched with them in a while (arguably, since 2005 when Carrie Underwood released her debut album). Although the song wasn’t written specifically for Danielle, it seems to present an age-appropriate storyline (EDIT: Or not. Dixie is an adult woman leaving her drunk of a husband).
It’s hard to tell much for such a short clip without full production (note producer Brett James suggesting a more aggressive, rock-ish guitar on the song), but what do you make of the fast tracking of Danielle’s original music, and how do you see things working out with 2 female Voice winners releasing debut singles to country radio within 2 months of each other, via the same label?