‘The Voice’ alum Danielle Brad­bery ap­pre­ci­ates ACM Award nom­i­na­tion

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Since win­ning Sea­son 4 of “The Voice” in 2013, Danielle Brad­bery has been per­form­ing pro­fes­sion­ally.

How­ever, she was a con­tender for new fe­male artist of the year in the up­com­ing Acad­emy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards. And she didn’t mind.

With two al­bums to her credit, along with mul­ti­ple con­cert tours – with the likes of Mi­randa Lam­bert and Brad Pais­ley – Texas na­tive Brad­bery was among the nom­i­nees in the 54th edi­tion of the cer­e­mony, which CBS tele­vises from Las Ve­gas’ MGM Grand Gar­den Arena on Sun­day, April 7. Reba McEn­tire re­turns as host, with the nom­i­na­tions led by Chris Stapleton and the duo Dan + Shay, who have six each.

Ash­ley McBryde (who was given the award early), Lindsay Ell and Carly Pearce were Brad­bery’s ri­vals for the new fe­male artist of the year ACM Award. Brad­bery says, “Hear­ing my name be called in that cat­e­gory is an un­be­liev­able feel­ing. It doesn’t seem real.”

On tour lately with Kane Brown, with whom she ap­peared in Aus­tralia re­cently, the pleas­ant Brad­bery main­tains that she was com­fort­able with be­ing up for a “new” honor at this point. “I’m still learn­ing how ev­ery­thing works,” she rea­sons. “I have been around for a while and yet, I haven’t, so it’s a weird sit­u­a­tion to be in … but an amaz­ing one, too. Just to be nom­i­nated is re­ally in­cred­i­ble.”

A ma­jor mu­sic-award nom­i­na­tion is, Brad­bery agrees, a sign that the aim of en­ter­ing a com­pe­ti­tion such as NBC’s “The Voice” has come to fruition: “Ev­ery­thing seems to have been very worth it. It’s just a ‘pinch me’ mo­ment to see your name among all these other amaz­ing peo­ple. I’m on Cloud Nine!”

The al­bums “Danielle Brad­bery” and “I Don’t Be­lieve We’ve Met” only have con­firmed and grown the fan base Brad­bery in­spired as a mem­ber of coach Blake Shel­ton’s team dur­ing her “Voice” run. She ap­pre­ci­ates that she con­tin­ues to at­tract fol­low­ers who might not be aware of her tele­vised-con­test roots.

“I do meet fans who have fol­lowed me since Day One when I stepped on the ‘Voice’ stage, and they saw me grow up, in a way. It’s re­ally cool to meet those peo­ple who stuck it out though the whole show to watch me. And then, re­cently at a meet-and-greet, I met a girl who had just seen me for the first time that night. It’s crazy how many fans you gain just through that.”

“Crazy” also de­fines the pace that Brad­bery has kept for the last six years, but she wouldn’t trade it. She re­flects, “The things I’ve been able to do, the peo­ple I’ve been able to meet … it has been hec­tic, but the most amaz­ing type of hec­tic.”

BY JAY BOBBIN

Danielle Brad­bery was an early nom­i­nee in the 54th Acad­emy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards, air­ing Sun­day on CBS.

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