Danielle Bradbery is back with new music, releasing her new single “Never Have I Ever” on Friday, May 8th. Written by Bradbery, David Hall Hodges and Laura Veltz, the song tells the story of getting swept up in an unexpected, new love story.
“This song is basically about meeting somebody or dating somebody, whatever it is, and them making you feel like you’ve never felt before,” says Bradbery in an interview with Sounds Like Nashville. “I feel like that happens a lot — you meet someone unexpectedly, and you’re like, ‘Whoa, I thought I was in love, but this is what love feels like?’ You’re almost terrified and excited at the same time because this person is making you fall in love.”
“Never Have I Ever” begins with a few quiet piano chords, as Bradbery sings about how she’s never truly felt real love, before before launching into a strong and hopeful anthem to new love by the end.
“Never have I ever been in love / Looking back it all felt like pretend / Honestly thought I knew what it was / But never have I ever,” she sings in the first verse.
The song has an R&B flair mixed with country elements, which was brought to life by producer Dann Huff. Bradbery says “Never Have I Ever” is “definitely a true story” and was written from her real-life experience.
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IT’S OUT! Never have I ever been so excited to share a song with y’all ❤️ Every single song I put out means more than you know. These are honest lyrics that I hope you sing and listen to with confidence! Unfortunately some of you were able to hear it before I was able to share it with you, but nonetheless I hope y’all enjoy this song as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you to @lauraveltz & David Hodges for being such a huge part of this song! ❤️❤️ xoxo love -DB
“I always try to be as honest as I can because I feel like my fans and anybody can relate better that way,” she says. “We all go through similar things and I want to let people know that you’re not alone, like, listen, I have gone through all of this.”
The track kicks off a new musical chapter for Bradbery, whose last single “Goodbye Summer,” a collaboration with Thomas Rhett, was released in 2018. In this new chapter, Bradbery says she hopes to continue to show the person she has grown into since the music world first met her on The Voice in 2013, while inspiring her fans along the way.
“I feel like I’ve grown up a lot, I’m a lot more mature and have a lot more to say and I want to inspire people,” she says. “I’m always going to have that shyness to me and I want other, younger girls or even guys to know that it’s okay if you’re shy. It’s possible. Now I’m just trying to be there for people and just be a voice and just kind of be relatable.”