Now that she’s won The Voice Season 4, Danielle Bradbery is reflecting back on the three-month journey that ultimately led her to become a household name. The Texas teen made an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on June 19 where she revealed that she almost didn’t audition for the hit singing competition.  

“I’ve always watched The Voice and I was a big fan of it. And I always told [my mom], ‘If I was on The Voice, then I’d be on Team Blake.’ Not knowing I was going to try out, and not knowing I would have the courage to,” Danielle admitted. “She was like, ‘OK, I need to do something about this.’ So she signed me up and she was like, ‘We’re just going to take a trip to Dallas, and the open calls are there.’”

Talk about pressure! Danielle had never performed before a crowd of that size, much less in front of a panel of celebrity coaches. Fortunately, she found the perfect fit in coach Blake Shelton.

“He wasn’t so much about the singing, he was about, since I always had confidence issues, he was all about, ‘Just go out there and have fun and be yourself, and if you look like a fool, oh well,’” the singer said.

“And he looks like a fool all the time and look how successful he is,” Jay Leno joked.  

“I know!” she replied laughing.

Dani also performed her finale song, “Born to Fly,” for the audience to a great response. Apparently the singer is hitting the recording studio this coming Monday to release a post-win single as soon as possible.

This seems like a smart tactic considering the show has yet to produce a breakout star. Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope waited six months after her win to release her first single, and though it was well-received, interest was way down from her December 2012 finale.

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