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Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett

American country music singer
Gabby Barrett
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American country music singer
Is Musician Singer
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender female
Birth 5 March 2000, Munhall, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 20 years
Star sign Pisces
The details


Gabby Barrett (born March 5, 2000) is an American country music singer. She finished third on sixteenth season of American Idol.

Her debut single "I Hope" was the first top ten Hot Country Songs debut by an unaccompanied woman since October 2017. It has since become a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. Her debut album Goldmine was released on June 19, 2020.

Early life and education

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.


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".

Barrett has opened for Toby Keith in Ohio, as well as Keith Urban and Cole Swindell. Along with performing at a Pittsburgh Pirates' game, she sang the national anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and at the Daytona 500. 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.

Her debut album Goldmine was released on June 19, 2020. 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.

"I Hope"

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. She performed the song in an appearance on the seventeenth season of American Idol in May 2019. It attracted the attention of music labels, and in June 2019, Barrett signed with Warner Music Nashville. "I Hope" was then officially released as a single by the label on June 27, 2019. This debut single topped Billboard's Country Streaming Songs chart as well as the Country Airplay chart in April 2020 and the Hot Country Songs.

On August 24, 2020, the single hit number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female Country artist to do so since Taylor Swift.

Personal life

Barrett married fellow Idol contestant Cade Foehner on October 5, 2019. On August 16, 2020, Barrett announced via her Instagram she and Foehner were expecting their first child together, a girl, due early 2021.

American Idol

Barrett auditioned for the sixteenth season of American Idol in Nashville, Tennessee. She emerged as a favorite in the competition after her audition and subsequent Hollywood week performances.

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



Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country
  • Release date: June 19, 2020
  • Label: Warner Music Nashville
  • Format: CD, digital download
27 4 53


Year Title Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
USCountry Songs
USCountry Airplay
2019 "I Hope"
(solo or featuring Charlie Puth)
10 1 1 32 2
  • US: 160,000
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
  • MC: Platinum
2020 "The Good Ones" 32 44
  • US: 19,000
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Promotional singles

Year Title Album
2020 "Hall of Fame" Goldmine
"Got Me"
(featuring Shane & Shane)
"Footprints on the Moon"

Music videos

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

Awards and nominations

Year Award show Category Nominated work Result
2020 Academy of Country Music Awards New Female Vocalist of the Year Gabby Barrett Nominated
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Pending
Single of the Year "I Hope" Pending
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