Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett (born March 5, 2000)[1] is an American country music singer and songwriter.[2] She finished third on the sixteenth season of American Idol. Her debut single "I Hope" was the first top 10 Hot Country Songs debut by an unaccompanied woman since October 2017.[3][4] It has since become a top three hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified 5× Platinum by the RIAA. Her debut album Goldmine was released on June 19, 2020.[5][6]Country Now called Barrett “country music’s next female superstar”.[7]

Gabby Barrett
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Barrett singing at the 2018 National Tree Lighting Ceremony
Born (2000-03-05) March 5, 2000 (age 21)
TelevisionAmerican Idol (2018)
(m. 2019)
Parent(s)Blaise and Pam Barrett
Musical career
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
Years active2011–present
LabelsWarner Music Nashville

Early lifeEdit

Barrett is one of eight children born to Blaise and Pam Barrett. She attended Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, but transferred to Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.

She started singing at nine and doing shows at eleven. In 2014, she won the Kean Quest Talent Search. At 14, her father encouraged her to sing in an all-black choir, which prompted her to join the Lamb of God Christian Ministries in Homestead, Pennsylvania.[1]


2017–2018: American Idol, post IdolEdit

Barrett auditioned for the sixteenth season of American Idol in Nashville, Tennessee. She progressed through to the Finale before being voted off.

American Idol season 16 performances and results
Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Good Girl"
"His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
Carrie Underwood
Ethel Waters
N/A Advanced
Top 24 Solo/Duet Contestant's Choice "My Church"
"Stay" (with Sugarland)
Maren Morris
11 Advanced
Top 14 Contestant's Choice
Victory Song
"The Climb"
"Little Red Wagon"
Miley Cyrus
Audra Mae
Top 10 Disney "Colors of the Wind" Vanessa Williams 6 Safe
Top 7 Prince
Year You Were Born
"How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"
"I Hope You Dance"
Lee Ann Womack
Top 5 Carrie Underwood
Mother's Day
"Last Name"
"I Have Nothing"
Carrie Underwood
Whitney Houston
Finale Winner's Single
Reprise Song
Hometown Decision
"Rivers Deep"
"Little Red Wagon"
"Don't Stop Believin'"
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
3rd Place

After Barrett appeared on American Idol, she collaborated with songwriter and producer Allen Foster to write three songs on her extended play The Fireflies: "Fireflies", "Your Name On It", and "Missin' Love".[8]

2019–present :"I Hope" and GoldmineEdit

In 2019, Barrett independently released "I Hope", which was co-written by Jon Nite and Zachary Kale and co-produced by Zachary Kale and Ross Copperman.[9] She performed the song in an appearance on the seventeenth season of American Idol in May 2019. The song attracted the attention of music labels, and Barrett announced on stage after the performance she had signed with Warner Music Nashville.[10] "I Hope" was then officially released as a single by the label on June 27, 2019.[9] The single topped Billboard's Country Streaming Songs chart as well as the Country Airplay chart in April 2020, followed by the Hot Country Songs chart.[4][5] On April 7, 2020, a version featuring Charlie Puth was released. In 2019, Barrett opened for Toby Keith in Ohio, as well as Keith Urban.

On November 21, 2020, the single hit number three on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female country artist to do so since Taylor Swift. Puth has also been credited for the song on the Hot 100, which makes it his fourth top-ten single.[11] As of January 2021, the single has been number one for 25 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart.[12]

Her debut album Goldmine was released on June 19, 2020.[13] The album earned 15.98 million on-demand streams in its opening week, breaking the record for the largest streaming week ever for a debut country album by a woman.[5] In 2021, Barrett will open up for Thomas Rhett on his Center Point Road Tour,[14] and for the Zac Brown Band at Summerfest as part of their The Comeback Tour.[15]

Along with performing at a Pittsburgh Pirates' game, she sang the national anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and at the Daytona 500.[16][17] The song on the show selected for her if she won was "Rivers Deep." Carrie Underwood was quoted as saying that Barrett is further along than she was at her age.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Barrett married fellow Idol contestant Cade Foehner on October 5, 2019.[19] Jeremy Vuolo from Counting On officiated. Barrett and Foehner had a daughter, Baylah May, on January 18, 2021.[20]



Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
US Country
Goldmine 27 4 53


Year Title Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
Country Songs

Country Airplay


2019 "I Hope"
(solo or remix with Charlie Puth)
3 1 1 10 2 84 77 Goldmine
2020 "The Good Ones" 19 1 1 41 3 115
2021 "Footprints on the Moon" [A]
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Promotional singlesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
Country Songs


2020 "Hall of Fame"[39] Goldmine
"Got Me"
(featuring Shane & Shane)[40]
"The First Noel" 78 14 33 N/A
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2019 "I Hope" Randee St. Nicholas
"The Good Ones" Roger Pistole



Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award show Category Nominated work Result
2020 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year "I Hope" Won
Academy of Country Music Awards New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett Nominated
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year "I Hope" Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Female Artist – Country Gabby Barrett Nominated
2021 Academy of Country Music Awards New Female Artist of the Year Won
Single of the Year "I Hope" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top New Artist Gabby Barrett Nominated
Top Country Artist Nominated
Top Female Country Artist Won
Top Hot 100 Song "I Hope" (with Charlie Puth) Nominated
Top Radio Song Nominated
Top Selling Song Nominated
Top Collaboration Won
Top Country Song Won
Top Country Album Goldmine Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Country Artist Gabby Barrett Won
Country Song of the Year "I Hope" Nominated
Best Collaboration "I Hope" (with Charlie Puth) Nominated
CMT Music Awards Female Video of the Year "The Good Ones" Won


  1. ^ "Footprints on the Moon" did not enter the Hot Country Songs, but peaked at number 25 on the Country Digital Song Sales component chart.[37]


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