Bradlee Wannemacher is a YouTube star who has gained popularity for his cover versions and prank videos. He rose to fame after participating in the well-known music reality show, ‘The X Factor.’ He also contested in the 14th season of ‘American Idol,’ after which he became an independent song composer. Bradlee’s cover versions of songs, such as ‘Hello’ by Adele, and ‘Love Yourself’ by Justin Bieber have become famous on his YouTube channel, earning him many subscribers. His prank and challenge videos are hilarious to watch and very popular among his fans. He is also known for his collaborative videos with YouTubers, such as Acacia Brinley, Nicholas Laws, Matthew Lush, BryanStars, and Johnnie Guilbert.
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Bradlee was always passionate about singing. Recognizing his passion towards singing, Bradlee’s parents encouraged him by buying him music CDs of famous artists. Thanks to his parents’ efforts, Bradlee grew up listening to some of the best musicians.
After listening to Michael Jackson’s tracks from the album, ‘Thriller,’ he was so motivated by the songs that he wanted to imitate Jackson’s singing style. He was also inspired by singers, such as Whitney Houston, Steven Tyler, and Celine Dion.
While imitating the style of famous musicians, he tried incorporating his own singing style as well. In addition to that, he also watched a lot of YouTube videos that showcased the cover versions of famous songs. The popularity achieved by those cover artists inspired him to follow suit.
He then created his self-titled YouTube channel, a decision that would change his life forever. His first video was a cover version of the song, ‘Stay,’ which was originally sung by Rihanna. The video was a huge hit and it caught the attention of one of the producers of the reality show, ‘X Factor.’ The producer contacted Bradlee and advised him to contest in the show.
Bradlee’s impressive and soulful voice became an instant hit, but he could not win the competition. He then contested in the 14th season of ‘American Idol.’ He made to the top 40 contestants in the show.
Bradlee’s participation in ‘American Idol’ boosted his confidence. After exiting the show, Bradlee focused on his YouTube career as he realized that the social media platform is the best stage to exhibit his talent.
He continued to post cover versions on his channel, which included acoustic versions of tracks like ‘Wake Me Up,’ ‘Radioactive,’ ‘Shut Up and Dance,’ ‘Say Something,’ and many more. He has posted a few of his original tracks as well on his channel.
In addition to composing songs and singing, Bradlee is extremely good at DIYs and challenges. Most of his challenge videos are related to coloring his hair using unusual products. He once colored his hair using skittles. In his subsequent video, he used eye shadow to color his hair. He has also posted many challenge videos that pertain to eating hot and spicy food.
He played a prank on his parents by gifting them a fake penthouse. He also collaborated with fellow YouTuber Brennen Taylor for some of his challenge videos like ‘chipotle challenge.’ He once fried gummy bears and was challenged by Brennen to eat them. In one of his DIY videos, he taught his viewers the art of making edible underwear and shoes using Hershey’s chocolate syrup. In his subsequent DIY video, he taught how to make different kinds of slimes.
Bradlee has posted a few confessional videos too. In one such video, he opened up about his sexual orientation. He confessed of being a bisexual and that he is in a relationship with Brennen. Bradlee and Brennen have publicly displayed their affection on numerous occasions. Their fans address the couple as ‘Brennlee’.
In his videos, Bradlee has also spoken about his depression and panic attacks. He once filmed one of his panic attacks. Bradlee has undergone several rounds of medical treatments for the same. He has even been hospitalized on many occasions due to anxiety and depression. Bradlee was once brutally attacked by a crazy stalker.
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Bradlee was born Bradley David Wannemacher on February 6, 1991, in Lima, Ohio. He has a sister, who is now a mother of two. Bradlee has spoken about being bisexual and has been in multiple relationships with both men and women.