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A Texan teenager whose singing experience was limited to performing in her bedroom was crowned the winner of the fourth season of The Voice on Tuesday.
Danielle Bradbery, 16, from the Houston suburb of Cypress, Texas, bested two more experienced acts, the Swon Brothers and Michelle Chamuel, by sticking with a contemporary country music throughout the competition. Coach Adam Levine, who felt he had run out of accolades for the singer, predicted on Monday’s show she would win the competition.
In the final performance episode, she displayed considerable range in the genre, performing the Buddy Holly-inspired Timber, I’m Falling in Love with her coach Blake Shelton, reprising one of her best-received numbers from earlier in the season, Pam Tillis Maybe It Was Memphis, and concluding with the upbeat Born to Fly, a Sara Evans hit.
“I feel like that showed people all the vocals I can do,” Bradbery said about the song after Monday’s show. “It had everything – really powerful - everything I could show.”
Her version of Born to Fly shot to No. 2 on iTunes after the show and held onto that slot throughout Tuesday, an early indicator that she was the favorite to win.
Sales of tracks on iTunes are counted as votes and early Tuesday, it was hard to tell who had the lead. Seven of the nine songs performed June 17 were among the biggest sellers on iTunes in the 12 hours after the conclusion of the penultimate show. Bradbery's Born to Fly, Michelle Chamuel's Why and the Swon Brothers' Danny's Song were the leaders, but Bradbery’s three songs were in the top 11.