Dakota Bradley

Country singer and songwriter Dakota Bradley grew up in St. Louis, and his first love as a child was sports, but all of that changed when he was 12 years old and picked up a guitar for the first time. In time, Bradley learned to play bass, piano, and drums in addition to guitar. Initially his musical focus was hard rock and metal, and by the eighth grade he had formed a band that played covers by Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith, the Black Crowes, and other hard rock bands. He moved to Nashville with his family while he was in his early teens, and was soon struck by the themes and spirit of country music. By the age of 16 he had a manager in Nashville, and had placed a video of a song on YouTube, where it was spotted by the producers of Ellen DeGeneres' television show and Bradley was invited to perform for her audience. His career now off and running, even though he was not yet even 18 years old, Bradley was approached by Tim McGraw's producer Byron Gallimore, who eventually signed Bradley to a recording deal with his new Steamsounds Records imprint. A debut single, the infectious "Somethin' Like Somethin'," co-written with Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, and Shane McAnally and produced by McGraw and Gallimore, appeared in the spring of 2013. ~ Steve Leggett

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