If you watch NBC’s The Voice, you see how close Blake Shelton and the rest of the coaches can get with the members of their teams. And in the 17 seasons since the show began, that’s a lot of Team Blake members. However, the country star can still call out one of his former contestants as a favorite — Danielle Bradbery.
In a press conference at his Ole Red bar and restaurant in Nashville with radio and Opry host, Bill Cody, Blake sang her praises.
“The artist that I look back on that is probably my favorite person too, and I say this knowing that I’m going to hear some crap about it from them all, but my favorite I think as far as the entire journey goes is Danielle Bradbery,” Blake revealed.
“That girl, she had never even sang in public before, like she was just this shy 15- or 16-year-old girl that I would go, ‘Hey, Danielle, what do you want to sing this week,’ and she’s like, ‘I don’t know,’ he continued. “I’d say, ‘Well, how about this Pam Tillis song?’ ‘OK.’ And she would just go out and literally slay the entire building like every week. It’s not that often that it’s so obvious who’s going to win that show that everybody else goes, ‘Oh, fffffffff….”
Blake went on to tell Bill, “I remember that season, we were getting to the finale and I asked if she would come over to the house with her mom and dad. It was actually her mom and her husband, and her dad and his wife. So, she had four parents there and her. And I said, ‘Hey, we need to talk about something because she’s just a kid. Is this even what you want to do with your life, Danielle?’ Because it was just on a whim that they even auditioned for the show.”
As we know now, it turned out to be exactly what Danielle was meant to do.
Danielle won season four of The Voice back in 2013. And one of her final songs was, in fact, Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis.”