When Danielle Bradbery had her blind audition on NBC's reality TV series "The Voice," she told the judges that she had never performed publicly before. A lot has changed over the year since then, with the 17-year-old from Texas becoming one of the new young faces of country music.
Bradbery had three superstar coaches - Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Usher - turn their chairs for her after that audition, and being a country artist, decided to join Shelton's team. From there, her combination of singing ability, adorable personality and a compelling story made her the darling of season four of "The Voice." She had five songs reach the top 10 on the iTunes Singles Chart during the competition - the most for any contestant in the history of the series - and was never truly in danger of being eliminated. Instead, she became "The Voice's" youngest winner to date.
The day after her victory, Bradbery signed the accompanying contract with Big Machine Records, and her first professional single "The Heart of Dixie" came out only a month later. It was the first track off her self-titled debut album, which arrived in November and reached the fifth position on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. It also cracked the Billboard 200 at spot 19. She also continued her working relationship with NBC - which is in the same Universal media family as her record label - as the network used Bradbery's single "My Day" to help promote their coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Though she only has one album to her name, Bradbery's charm has won over the hearts of the country music community and its fans. She's already performed at the legendary Grand Ole Opry and toured with the likes of Brad Paisley (on his Beat This Summer Tour in 2013) and Hunter Hayes (on his 2014 We're Not Invisible Tour).
It's not surprising that she's caught on the way that she has. Bradbery has everything that makes a young music star - first and foremost, an impressive voice, but also a cute personality that charms audiences around the country, and of course the feel-good story of an ordinary young woman who became an almost overnight sensation. As she continues to make more public appearances and gain more experience, her performing only gets better, so expect this young lady to have a lasting place in country music.