Danielle Bradbery Adjusts to Craziness of Fame

The Voice Winner Shares Latest Surprise

At just 17 years old, The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery has already become a household name, released a debut country album, scored a Top 15 hit single with “The Heart of Dixie,” rubbed elbows with the toast of Nashville and given the world her beautiful new single “My Day” to use as part of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

At 17, I was circling the Dairy Queen in my mama’s beat-up Toyota Camry, blasting old Eagles tapes and experimenting with cheap lipstick and bad eyeliner.

What were you doing at 17?

Chances are, much of what I was doing, too. Growing up. And that’s fine. Bradbery is doing the same. Except she’s cultivating a career as a country star, and she’s doing it with incredible balance and a grace you don’t see that often in the show business spotlight these days.

Busy promoting her new single, she’s currently on the road with Brad Paisley’s Beat This Winter tour and will be opening shows for Hunter Hayes later this year. She’s also teaming up with the Give a Note Foundation and Disney Performing Arts to travel across America on a bus in support of music education in schools.

Oh, and she’s still an exceptional student on top of all this. How does she do it all?

These days, it’s the norm for Bradbery, but there was one recent incident that reminded the singer her life has changed and that she’s definitely not in Cypress, Texas, anymore.

“I found out, not long ago, that I had a Wikipedia page ,” she said. “And it’s crazy. It really is how. … I’ve seen all of these Wikipedia pages about all these big artists … and now people can research all they want about me.”

She better get used to it. With talent, beauty and charm like hers, this is only the beginning.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.