Danielle Bradbery On The Personal Side of ‘Never Have I Ever’ and Building Confidence Through Music

The song was written when she was single, but relates to her relationship now.

Danielle Bradbery On The Personal Side of ‘Never Have I Ever’ and Building Confidence Through Music
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 05: Danielle Bradbery attends the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards at Music City Center on December 05, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Danielle Bradbery’s latest single, “Never Have I Ever,” was officially released to radio on Monday, July 13th. The tune is a high-powered love song about finding that special someone unexpectedly, and while Bradbery was single when she co-wrote the song, it became a true story in her life when she met her current boyfriend.

“I reached out to him on social media, which is the first time I’ve ever done that before, and I said, ‘Hey, have you ever been to Nashville?’ And his first response was, ‘Never have I ever.’ And I’m like, ‘Wait, what?’” Bradbery explains. “I had the song ‘Never Have I Ever’ I was sitting on, and I went back and listened to that song as soon as he said that, and it just all worked out the way it was supposed to. Everything that I sing to you in that song is exactly how my current relationship started.”

“Never Have I Ever” kicks off a new musical chapter for Bradbery — one that will include a new project that the singer is currently working on. As for what that project will entail, Bradbery is still figuring that out, but she says it will be yet another step for her in terms of her personal growth and her growth as an artist.

“I feel more confident now and ‘Never Have I Ever,’ I think, was one of my braver songs,” she says. “It’s definitely a little bit more sexy, it’s a little bit more vulnerable, and I’m going to always continue that side of me. I’m going to try to be a little bit more honest and vulnerable each time I put out a song.”

The subject of building confidence and overcoming her shyness is something Bradbery has been working on ever since fans first met her on The Voice in 2013 when she was just 16 years old. Bradbery has since found her confidence and her true voice through her music, and she has some words of encouragement for young singers looking to do the same.

“What I would tell myself in the beginning [is] just be extra careful and stay true to who you are,” she says. “Go and do it, and being shy does not stop you because I was painfully shy. It seems like, in the moment, you can never do it, but I promise you can because I’m living proof of that. I could never sing in front of anybody, whether you begged me or not, you would never get anything out of me. It’s possible, stay true to who you are, and just have fun and live in the moment.”