‘The Voice’ alum Danielle Bradbery appreciates ACM Award nomination
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.”
Danielle Bradbery was an early nominee in the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, airing Sunday on CBS.