After The Voice

Danielle Bradbery prepares to ‘Sway’ on first new music in two years


Danielle Bradbery, just 16 when she won The Voice, is about to release her first single in more than two years.

Danielle Bradbery, just 16 when she won The Voice, is about to release her first single in more than two years.

Danielle Bradbery, Season 4 winner of The Voice, is about to end a two-year silence with the release of a new single.

The song, which Danielle wrote, is called “Sway” and she actually debuted it in a Facebook Live event last August.

It hits iTunes and other music sites Friday and will be the first new music from Danielle since she released the single “Friend Zone” in January 2015.

And that was the only song Danielle had released since her self-titled debut album landed in January 2013.

That album was one of the most successful post-Voice debuts ever, along with Cassadee Pope’s “Frame by Frame,” Melanie Martinez’s “Cry Baby” and Jordan Smith’s “Beautiful.”

“Danielle Bradbery” the album debuted at number five on the country albums chart, number 19 on the Billboard 200 and had first-week sales in the 40,000 range.

Danielle has been promoting “Sway” via Twitter today and, judging from her tweets, the single will be follow by more new music. Just 16 when she won The Voice, she’s now 20 years old.

“We start a new chapter together at midnight TONIGHT!,” she wrote in one tweet, adding, “this is just the beginning.”

Danielle also addressed her long silence in a heartfelt Facebook post to fans about a week ago.

“I want to be real with y’all for a minute tonight,” she wrote on May 24. “As we speak I’m sitting in my driveway, listening to mixes/demos of the songs for this next project. Songs that for the first time I can say, ‘I’ve been a part of, this is my story.’ And I’m balling my eyes out.

“I can’t thank you guys enough for being so patient … because often I have not been. I’ve also had doubts and many breakdowns about this whole process. All I want to do is write or find songs that are SO honest and about real situations. I’ve had a particular life experience recently that I kind of ran with while in writes.

“It’s so emotional for me because after so long I finally feel like I get to be the honest artist I’ve been wanting to be. Y’all have stuck with me through all of this and I thank you so much for everything. Family, friends, a lover, my fans, etc. I can’t wait to share this with you guys.”

Here’s a performance of “Sway,” done for YouTube Music Foundry back in March.

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