“I will always embrace my name and where I came from, but I want to step out of my father’s shadow and make a name for myself,” says Bigger Picture Group’s newest recording artist Rachel Bradshaw. With father Terry Bradshaw—a football Hall of Fame legend and a household name—it’s not easy to make a name for yourself in country music, but Rachel Bradshaw is doing just that with the signing of her contract as Bigger Picture Group’s first solo female singer/songwriter.
While her father’s natural born talent was sports, Rachel was born to sing. “Ever since I was young, I knew that music was different for me and I felt like it was my calling. I didn’t just like listening to the radio--it was all I wanted to do. I loved performing and writing and it was kind of an obsession for me,” remembers Bradshaw. Growing up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX, Bradshaw would perform at Texas oprys and fairs. She performed her first live show at the St. Jo Opry at the age of 9 and later that same year wrote her first song inspired by a typical sibling rivalry.
Although her mom showed her support by attending every performance, her father showed his support by singing duets with her and introducing her to the music she loves so much. “Dad loved country music and would always play classics like George Strait and Alan Jackson around the house. Country music was my childhood anthem,” says Bradshaw.
In 2006, after graduating high school, Bradshaw headed to Music City to continue her education and pursue her love of country music. After enrolling in Belmont University and collaborating with fellow songwriters, Bradshaw soon met accomplished songwriter Jerrod Niemann and co-wrote “What Do You Want” with him, which became his second top 5 single as an artist. Bradshaw also sang background vocals on the break-up ballad, giving her an opportunity to showcase her distinctive voice on the hit.
Bradshaw’s gritty, lower pitched voice coupled with musical influences such as Patsy Cline, the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain, give her a unique yet familiar female sound. Her standout style is evident in songs such as the fierce female fight song “She Did Me a Favor” and the somber satire “Pain Killer” that will be recorded for her first studio album with Bigger Picture Group.
Her signature sound and innate talent is sure to take her iconic family name—synonymous with America’s most popular sport—from football fields and fans to the bright lights of country music stages and to the top of the charts.