16-Year-Old Phenom Is A Hit With TV Icon
(Nashville, Tennessee...) -- October 18, 2010 -- Most artists work their way up the television appearance ladder before landing on a show the level of "Ellen," but not 16-year-old aspiring country singer/songwriter Dakota Bradley. Nashville-based Bradley and young pop singer CJ Holland posted an acoustic version of "The Girl Is Mine" on YouTube last month. "Ellen" was so impressed by the talent of the two artists, invited them to perform the song on the show. With guitar in hand Dakota traded verses with CJ and rendered a unique version of the song last week. Over-the-top gossip guru Perez Hilton was so impressed with the performance, he added the clip to his wildly popular website. To view the performance, clickhere.
Dakota was born and raised in Glendale, Missouri before recently moving to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in country music. He had the typical childhood, playing soccer, football and hockey until age 11, when he picked up an acoustic guitar and forever changed his destiny. Playing the instrument came naturally for the young guitar slinger, and he spent the next three years, perfecting the licks of the songs of his heroes by ear.
Performances in venues in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York have created a significant buzz not just for his guitar playing but also for his unique vocal stylings, his intuitive songwriting and his uncanny ability to deliver a country song. As his reputation grows, he plans to take his country dreams not ju