Danielle Bradbery Finds Herself on Debut Album

The Voice Winner Puts Best Foot Forward

The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery‘s notable launch into country music began with the summer release of her debut single “Heart of Dixie.” On Nov. 25, her self-titled album finally arrived.

“It was an amazing learning experience working on the album and just getting to experience things that I never thought I would,” she told CMT Hot 20 Countdown . “It’s just crazy all around.”

Debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard country albums chart and selling more than 40,000 copies during its first week of release, Bradbery says her debut project is a perfect reflection of who she is and who she aspires to be.

“I chose these songs for … [fans] to be like ‘OK, I know who that is. That’s Danielle Bradbery’ when it comes on the radio or comes on in a store or anything like that,” she said. “I think that’s my purpose of having different music and keeping it country.”

While there is a great deal of pressure to live up to the expectations of her fans from the show, she says she’ll continue taking it all in stride.

“Coming off The Voice, I try to tell myself, ‘Well, I’m going to try to get here, and I have to do all this hard work before I do,” she said. “I just try to take it one step at a time and see what opportunity comes my way — such as the Brad Paisley tour which is amazing. I’m so excited. Performing in places that I’ve always wanted to perform, that just takes a day-at-a-time [mentality], and I’m excited for when that day comes.”

For more from the interview with Bradbery, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 7-8) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.