Blake Shelton has been the coach to beat on NBC’s The Voice, having one of his team members win three of the show’s four seasons. Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery, winners of seasons three and four respectively, have followed in Coach Blake’s country footsteps, both recently releasing debut albums. Cassadee has nothing but good things to say about her mentor.
“He’s somebody that’s always gonna be there,” she said. “I had moments where I was really insecure. He always was there to reassure me that I was doing the right thing and as long as I was happy and doing me, that it was good. He was just there, and that’s all a coach really needs to do. They just need to pat you on the back and be there for you.”
Even though The Voice days are behind them, Blake hasn’t stopped being an influence on their careers. He stays in touch with both of them, offering advice and feedback on their music. Continue Reading
The Swon Brothers, finalists on season four of NBC’s The Voice, have signed a record deal with Arista Nashville. Zach and Colton Swon, a brother duo from Oklahoma who were a fan favorite as part of Team Blake Shelton, are currently writing and securing songs for their debut album, with their first single expected to hit radio in the spring of 2014.
“Signing with Arista is literally our dream coming true,” Colton Swon said. “My brother and I have been chasing this goal for 15 years now. Being a part of The Voice was an unbelievable experience; there isn’t another show like it. Our mentor and friend Blake Shelton gave us the direction and advice we needed to keep this dream alive. We feel blessed beyond measure for the chance to continue to connect with people through our music. Arista is the home we were looking for and we have a great team of people helping us on this journey!”
Watch a video of the duo signing their record deal below:
Cassadee Pope was already a professional musician when she auditioned for, and subsequently won, season three of the popular singing competition The Voice. Fronting the rock band Hey Monday before the group went on hiatus in 2011, Cassadee was honing her craft as an artist and entertainer previous to Blake Shelton picking her for his team during the 2012 season. However, The Voice served as a catalyst for Cassadee, pushing her to step out in front and add her own name to the marquee. Now releasing her debut solo album, Cassadee shows that she’s more than capable of handling the spotlight.
Cassadee Pope was crowned the winner of season three of NBC’s The Voice. A member of Team Blake Shelton, her time on the show has proven to have impacted who she is as an artist and the direction of her music.
“The Voice helped me to really hone in on my sound,” she said. “I started off on the show in my pop-rock stage and the more I sang on the show, the more I realized I can infuse my pop-rock influences with my country roots so that’s what I started doing on the show, and the reaction from the crowd encouraged me to do that even after the fact.” Continue Reading
At 16, Danielle Bradbery is both the winner of The Voice and a high school student. Now that she’s released her debut single, “Heart of Dixie,” she’s working to figure out how to balance her music career with her education.
“I started off high school in my huge, regular high school with everybody else but as this whole Voice thing started, I got an online schooling and it’s for students who travel, so that was a big help,” she said. “But now that this is continuing, it’s kind of up in the air right now.” Continue Reading
The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery will debut her first single, “The Heart of Dixie,” on the TODAY Show tomorrow, live from Rockefeller Center in New York City. The single, written by Brett James, Troy Verges and Caitlyn Smith, is available on itunes.
“The first time I heard this song I thought about the emotions in it,” Danielle said. “For me, Dixie’s story is about inspiration. It is so honest. People of all ages and backgrounds supported me on The Voice and I love that this song shows how we can have the same feelings through different experiences, no matter where we are in life.” Continue Reading
Julie Roberts is no stranger to life’s highs and lows. She released her self-titled debut album in 2004 which sold more than 500,000 copies and included the hit “Break Down Here.” She made a slew of high-profile appearances and received a number of nominations at the CMA and ACM Awards. Then in 2010, she left her longtime record label, lost her home and car to the flood that devastated Nashville and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
No stranger to overcoming obstacles, Julie is back on the country music scene. She re-introduced herself with an appearance on NBC’s The Voice in April. Now Sun Records — the Memphis record label that first signed Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison — will release Julie’s new album, Good Wine and Bad Decisions, on October 29. It will be the label’s first new release in decades. Continue Reading
Danielle Bradbery, the Team Blake (Shelton) member who was declared the winner of the fourth season of The Voice, has signed a record deal with Big Machine Label Group, reports MusicRow. The 16-year-old from Texas can count Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw among her label mates.
Throughout her time on The Voice, Danielle stayed true to her country roots. She performed songs such as Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis,” The Judds’ “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good ‘Ol Days),” Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take The Wheel” and Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” Ironically, she auditioned for the show with her now-label mate Taylor Swift’s “Mean.” Continue Reading
Congratulations to Blake Shelton and Team Blake’s Danielle Bradbery! Last night 16-year-old Danielle won Season 4 of The Voice, giving the 37-year-old birthday boy a pretty incredible birthday present.
In typical Blake fashion, the proud coach tweeted, “Holy sh*t balls!!!! I love y’all!!!!!! Congrats
@DBradbery !!!!” following Danielle’s win.
Danielle’s first place finish gave Blake his third win in a row. Past “Team Blake” winners are 2012′s Jermaine Paul and Cassadee Pope.
Though the young country singer is just getting started, she already has superstar fans, including Sara Evans and Pam Tillis. Both Sara and Pam tweeted their support after Danielle sang Sara’s “Born To Fly” and Pam’s “Maybe It Was Memphis.”
Watch Danielle singing “Maybe It Was Memphis” below: Continue Reading