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.