Danielle Bradbery first rose to fame on the fourth season of "The Voice," winning over America with her sterling covers of Sara Evans' "Born to Fly," Jessica Andrews' "Who I Am" and Carrie Underwood's "Wasted," among others. Following the release of her well-received self-titled debut album in 2013, via Big Machine Label Group, and a Top 20 hit with "The Heart of Dixie," the starlet took some time to regroup and returned last year with "Friend Zone." Despite the track not becoming as big a hit as intended, she did not lose sight of her vision; instead, she returned to the studio and the road to find her muse.
Armed with a new collection of songs, including "Mama was a Liar" and "Room for Two," her moment seems to be barreling down the tracks full-steam ahead. During a recent showcase for YouTube Foundry, Bradbery performed two other new songs, "Potential" and "Sway" -- both songs she's performed quite extensively in her live shows.
"I've been trying to work on my sound," she says. "I've listened to country music all of my life, but I, honestly, wouldn't showcase myself as the blonde country girl. Yes, I'll stay to my roots, but I like a little bit of R&B. I like a little bit of pop, and I like to challenge myself."
On "Potential" (which she co-wrote with Johan Lindbrandt and Emily Weisband), she reveals the story behind the stark piano ballad: "This girl is in love with this guy, thinking she is in love with who he is but really, she's in love with his potential and who he could be."
Bradbery penned "Sway" with Johan Fransson and Weisband.
Earlier this summer, Bradbery and John Oates participated in an installment of CMT's wildly successful crossover show, "Crossroads," alongside Thomas Rhett and pop singer Nick Jonas. The setlist contained a slew of Rhett's own hits, including“Die a Happy Man,” “Crash and Burn,” “Make Me Wanna” and “T-Shirt," as well as a wall of Jonas tunes, like “Chains,” “Jealous,” “Close” and “Chainsaw."
YouTube Foundry was launched in the spring as a bid to develop and nurture new talent. Other artists who have been showcased include HALFNOISE, Brent Morgan, Marian Hill, Sofia Karlberg, Dua Lipa, Built by Titan, Miracles of Modern Science, Hannah Trigwell, BJ the Chicago Kid and Quincy.
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Watch the performances below: