Bradbery, who first exploded onto the national spotlight at the young age of 16 by winning season four of The Voice
, has spent the past four years paving her own path as an artist, since her debut album release in 2013. In that time, Bradbery has developed herself as an artist and truly found her voice. Bradbery, who dove into the songwriting and co-wrote seven of the album’s 10 tracks, gave fans a glimpse into the project in months leading up to the release, with pre-released singles “Sway,” “Human Diary,” “Hello Summer,” “Potential,” and most recently, “Worth It.” Working with an assortment of writers including Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins, Bradbery’s finished product is a testament to who she is as a writer, performer and 21-year-old.
The album opens with breezy lead single, “Sway,” which has been gaining popularity at country radio and climbing Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The upbeat pop-country melody is complimented by Bradbery’s smooth vocals and is a tap-your-toe track right out the gate. “Potential,” another pre-released single off the album, is more like reading a page straight out of Bradbery’s diary than listening to a song. Bradbery’s impressive vocal range on the track prove her growth in depth and vocal maturity that has occurred over the past few years. She tells the story of being swept up in the idea of someone, rather than actually being in love with them, with lyrics like”I’m not in love with you / I’m in love with your potential.”
No longer bound by traditional country sounds, Bradbery pulls out pop-flares in songs “What Are We Doing,” and “Can’t Stay Mad.” “Worth It,” an intense and emotional ballad off the record is a bluesy anthem preaching the message of standing up for yourself to prove others wrong who might doubt you. Just as in “Potential,” “Worth It” gives Bradbery a chance to truly show off her depth and range as an artist, with beautiful, flowing vocals throughout the track.
The struggles and highs and lows of relationships are also put on display throughout this album, notably in songs “Messy,” “Human Diary,” and “Red Wine + White Couch.” Bradbery revisits summer heartache in pre-released single, “Hello Summer.” (“It was goodbye summer, you tore me apart / Blue eyes and blue skies fade into the dark / Letting it go is the hardest part / Hello summer, goodbye to my broken heart.
The album closes with more of an acoustic stripped down track, “Laying Low,” which ends the album proving Bradbury’s raw and natural talent. It is clear that Bradbery’s sophomore album is a labor of love, handwork and a story of the true journey over the years to find her voice as an artist and the opening of a new chapter in her career. We’re excited to have finally met the re-introduced Danielle Bradbery.