PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Up and coming country singer Rachel Bradshaw says having a famous father hasn’t always been helpful for her career.
She revealed that to Y-108’s Stoney Richards, who recently traveled to Nashville for an exclusive one-on-one interview with the daughter of Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who is about to release her debut album.
Rachel told Stoney she would often become frustrated as she pounded the pavement in search of a recording contract.
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“I would go into these places and they would only want to talk about football or my dad and I would say, ‘But I sing too I can do something,'” she said, “so it took a long time to have people take me seriously.”
She says her father warned her that might be the case when she moved to Nashville six years ago.
“My mom (Terry’s third wife, attorney Charla Hopkins) just thought I was brave and my dad thought I was stupid at times. He said, ‘I want you to live out your dreams, but I just hope you know it’s going to be harder for you just because you’re my daughter,'” she said.
While Rachel was signed to a recording contract last year, her first big break was actually a contract as a song writer.
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She got her first Country Top 40 hit with the song “What do You Want from Me” which she co-wrote and performed with country star Jerrod Niemann.
Rachel says her interest in becoming a country music star goes all the way back to when she was 10 years old and she and dad Terry would sing together.
Terry Bradshaw took his own shot at a country music career back in the ’70s. They’ve performed together numerous times, including on the Jay Leno show.
But it’s the songs they sang at home when she was a child that stick with her.
“Our song we always sing together is ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline,” Rachel says. “I grew up singing it with him and we still do it all the time.”
Despite all her performances, Rachel says singing the National Anthem at a Steelers home game in 2011 was probably one of the scariest moments of her career.
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“I’ve done a thousand anthems at a lot of different fields,” she said.
But Steelers Fans and her father’s history in Pittsburgh made her especially nervous about this one.
“They’re the most die-hard fans I’ve ever known,” she said. “And my dad (who was in New York for his CBS sports show) is like, ‘I hope they still love me and I hope they don’t boo you. Hey you better get security in case they boo you off the field.'”
“I’m like you’re serious?” she continued. “I go on in an hour and this is what you’re saying? I was petrified. You’re by yourself singing with no music. If you forget the words you’re totally screwed. But when I got done it was the best moment ever. The way people were cheering — I felt like Michael Jackson, I’ve never had people treat me like that; they were so sweet. I would do that every day. It was so magical.”
Rachel hopes her career will really take off once the album comes out.
While she hopes it will be a commercial success, she’s proud of it no matter what.
“I made the best record I could make,” she said. “I just want people to love it and if they love it my career will be laid out for itself.”