It’s been nearly two years since Danielle Bradbery, still riding high on the momentum generated by her first-place finish on The Voice, released her debut album. With a second project in the works, the singer has been spending much of 2015 shuttling herself between Los Angeles and Nashville, co-writing new songs for the record in both cities.
Bradbery, who outsourced all 11 tracks on her 2013 debut to writers like Jaren Johnston, Sarah Buxton and Chris Lindsey, says the co-writing process has made her upcoming album much more individualized.
“I’ve been writing in Los Angeles and in Nashville, so I’ve been getting the two worlds — and trust me, it is two worlds,” she told the crowd at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut on Friday, August 7th. “It’s been an amazing experience to get to write. And it’s more personal, I think. It’s amazing.”
At least three of the top contenders for her new record — “Friend Zone,” “Mama Was a Liar” and “Room for Two” — were co-written with Mikal Blue, Johan Lindbrandt and Shari Short. Bradbery debuted the first two songs earlier this year, while opening a string of arena shows for Miranda Lambert. More recently, she’s been playing “Room for Two” during her own handful of headlining gigs. (Watch one of the first performances of “Room for Two,” recorded during an Atlantic City show on August 8th, above.)
A mid-tempo power ballad driven forward by acoustic guitar, “Room for Two” spins the sad story of a love triangle, with Bradbery playing the part of the unwanted third wheel. “She loves him, you love her, and I love you,” she sings during the chorus, adding, “And there’s nothing I can do/’cause there’s only room for two.”
With no release date set, it’s yet to be seen if Bradbery — whose schedule includes an upcoming run with Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett as part of the yearly CMT on Tour — will have room for album Number 2 in 2015. Before the summer wraps, though, she’ll perform two additional shows, including a shared gig with Chris Young this Thursday evening in Costa Mesa, California.