‘The Voice’ Winner Bryce Leatherwood Sets His Sights On Nashville and The Grand Ole Opry
“The Voice” winner has some big goals as he looks toward the future of his career.
Bryce Leatherwood; Photo by: Nicole Weingart/NBC
Bryce Leatherwood is making strides toward furthering his music career now that he’s established some well-earned recognition for himself on The Voice.
For starters, he is working on saving up enough money so that he can move out to Nashville. Leatherwood may be the season 22 winner, but he’s still a student in his early 20’s who’s just getting a taste of what his career could evolve into.
“I’m planning on the move right now, just gotta figure out everything with my home scenario. I gotta save my money,” Leatherwood told Music Mayhem. “I’m still a broke college kid. I don’t care what prize money that they threw my way. I’m not even going to see that. That’s going to go in into some investments. So I just gotta stay young, stay broke, and stay hungry because thriving off a little, you can grow a lot more than thriving off a lot. So, I’m just very excited to pursue my career.”
As a Georgia native, Leatherwood has plenty of successful country stars that also hail from his home state who he can look up to as he steps into a whole new chapter of his life.
“That’s it. Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan all them guys, they put themselves on the map, not just because they were from Georgia, but because they believed in, sang that they were from Georgia. It’s a sound and it’s a mentality of what life is about. So I’m just ready to tell the story of my life and go out there and introduce the world to Bryce Leatherwood.”
For now, the rising country star plans to continue working on his craft and building his resume as a songwriter. He has yet to release any original music, but he teased that he’s “working on it.”
“I’m not the best verse writer, but I’ve been working on it because I mean, I think as an artist you have to be a writer too because I mean you have to truly be able to have input on other songs and on songs that you wanna sing that are yours. And I hope to become a better songwriter as I move to Nashville, as I’ve started writing with more people and I’m just super excited for what’s to come,” he added.
Luckily, he isn’t going on this journey alone. Not only did he receive mentorship from being on Blake Shelton’s team for the singing competition, but he also gained plenty of new connections with his fellow contestants like Morgan Myles.
Myles, who was coached by Camila Cabello on the show, took to Twitter on Monday (Jan. 16) to share a behind-the-scenes look at the new music in the works with Leatherwood.
Her caption read, “Just tracked an original song with #BryceLeatherwood and I just wrote last week… feels good to get back in the booth with new music 🏻”
The two artists have continued to show their support for each other since the show came to an end. In addition to getting back in the studio together, Leatherwood got to witness Myles make her coveted Opry debut.
He wrote, “Such an honor to get to watch one of the sweetest people in the world on the @opry stage last night. Morgan had a standing ovation after her debut and it brought tears to my eyes… What a dream come true for you! So proud @morganmyleslive“
Now that he has the world at his fingertips and he’s seeing his fellow up-and-coming artists achieve their dreams, Leatherwood is looking ahead with great ambitions of his own. He revealed his hopes that one day, he will also be invited to play at the Grand Ole Opry.
“Well, ever since I picked up a guitar, that’s been the dream of mine. So if I get that opportunity one day, that’ll be a dream come true. That’ll be a good day for Bryce Leatherwood. So I’m just ready to see what happens,” he told the outlet.
Bryce Leatherwood recently announced that he will be playing a sold-out show at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red in Tishomingo Oklahoma on Saturday, February 25. Due to the high demand of ticket sales, he added a second date at the venue on the Friday before (Feb. 24).
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.