Question: Who has Grace, Beauty and Poise, and is still in her teens?
Danielle Bradbery, that’s who! Its only been a little more than a year since young 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery walked off the NBC’s The Voice stage as season 4 winner and into the hearts of people all over the world.
From the time she dazzled the judges with her rendition of Mean by Taylor Swift, to endless accolades from the coaches though-out the competition, it was pretty clear to most that they were witnessing a God-given and God-driven talent in full blossom. Small of size but big of heart and voice, young Danielle continues to grow into the amazing young woman she is becoming.
Since her win, bright lights, big cities, have been Danielle’s steady path. A hit first single, Heart of Dixie in July 2013 (in time for her 17th birthday), first music video, Heart of Dixie by September, first full self-titled album by November, featured on several Blake Shelton summer shows last summer, countless radio stations, a Brad Paisley tour both fall and winter last year, a spring 2014 tour with Hunter Hayes just completed (Hayes also provided guitar for her Endless Summer cut on her album), second single released, Young in America, and its companion music video shortly thereafter.
Charmingly excited when she got her own first tour bus last summer, she’s been very busy in the music trade while still taking school classes, still trying her best to be a down home 17-year-old high school student, on the fast track of success. She is even in demand as one of the best US National Anthem singers out there; her list of gigs opening major public sporting events is now long, including the Orange Bowl this winter.
Not only generous of voice, Danielle is also generous of herself, regularly participating in public service events for a whole host of charitable causes (see my “Angel” post, for example). NBC selected her exquisite rendition of Mallary Hope’s My Day as their network theme for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
But her crowning public service triumph to date has to be singing her indelibly beautiful and melancholy masterpiece I’ll Never Forget You from her self-titled album, at the 25th US National Memorial Day Concert (2014) on the grounds of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
Specifically directed to, and on behalf of, the grieving mother and family of a soldier lost overseas, Danielle delivers a heartfelt, and at times subdued, rendition of her song, while images of the fallen soldier’s life display behind her on a big screen, and her music emanates from a full orchestra under the band-shell at her back. Toward the end of the piece, the camera shows you the hundreds of thousands of people to whom she’s singing, and the scale of the challenge she just beautifully completed. At the conclusion of the Memorial Day show, she stands tall, beaming, next to Gen. Colin Powell, as the full cast ensemble belts out God Bless America.
For your pleasure, here’s Danielle Bradbery‘s Memorial Day rendition of I’ll Never Forget You below. Following that, a short video of Danielle in a media scrum at the recent Country Music television Awards Show in Nashville. A fine young 17-year-old, indeed.
If you haven’t picked up a copy of Danielle’s CD “Danielle Bradbery” yet, or downloaded the iTunes version, you’re missing some great singing. The studio version of I’ll Never Forget You will send shivers down your spine with it’s pure power. Get It!