Gabby Barrett

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Gabby Barrett
Barrett singing during American Idol Live! 2018
Background information
Birth nameGabby Barrett
Born (2000-03-05) March 5, 2000 (age 19)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Singer
  • musician
Years active2011–present
LabelsWarner Music Nashville

Gabby Barrett (born March 5, 2000 in Munhall, Pennsylvania)[1] is an American country music singer.[2] She finished third in season 16 of the American Idol broadcast on ABC.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Barrett was one of eight children born to Blaise and Pam Barrett. She attended Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport but transferred to Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.Gabby Barret graduated from The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (Pacyber)

She started singing at age 9 and doing shows when she was 11. 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.[1]

American Idol[edit]

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

Mickey Newbury

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

Miranda Lambert



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 album titled The Fireflies, a stand-alone track that features "Fireflies","Your Name On It" and "Missin' Love".[4]

Barrett has opened for Toby Keith in Ohio, as well as Keith Urban and Cole Swindell. Along with performing at a Pittsburgh Pirates' game, and sung the national anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and at the Daytona 500.[5][6] 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.[7]

In 2019, Barrett released a single independently titled "I Hope", which was co-written by Jon Nite and Zachary Kale and produced by Ross Copperman.[8] She performed the song in an appearance on the 17th season of American Idol in May 2019. It attracted the attention of music labels, and in June 2019, Barrett signed with Warner Music Nashville.[9] "I Hope" was then officially released as a single by the label on June 27, 2019.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Barrett married fellow Idol contestant Cade Foehner on October 5, 2019.



Year Title Peak chart positions Sales Album
Country Songs

Country Airplay

2019 "I Hope" 65 12 24 TBA

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Sales
2019 "The Good Ones"[14]
2020 "Hall of Fame"[16]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ a b Sadowski, Stephanie (May 20, 2018). "Who is Gabby Barrett? A closer look at Pa.'s 'American Idol' finalist".
  2. ^ Cain, Jackie (May 17, 2018). "Pittsburgh Native Gabby Barrett Ready For American Idol Finale". Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Sciullo, Maria (April 11, 2018). "She's Giving The Clothes Off Her Back: American Idol's Gabby Barrett Donating "Idol" Outfit As Goodwill Fundraiser". Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Staying Busy After Idol, Gabby Barrett Drops Romantic New Single". Idol Chatter. October 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Rising Singer Gabby Barrett Wows Audiences With Her Voice". July 11, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Bails, Victoria (March 22, 2018). "Munhall Native Auditions For American Idol. A Rising Pittsburgh Star Vies For Her Chance At Fame". Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Munhall Mayor Ready To Celebrate If American Idol Finalist Gabby Barrett Wins". May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Roland, Tom (August 19, 2019). "Makin' Tracks: 'Idol' Alum Gabby Barrett's 'I Hope' Is Not What the Title Implies". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Warner Music Nashville Signs Gabby Barrett". June 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "Chart Search: Gabby Barrett, Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  11. ^ "Hot Country Songs". Billboard. January 4, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  12. ^ "Billboard Country Airplay". Billboard. January 11, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  13. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 7, 2020). "Top 30 Digital Country Songs Chart: January 7, 2020". Rough Stock. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  14. ^ "Gabby Barrett's 'The Good Ones' Was Inspired by Cade Foehner". Taste of Country. July 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 8, 2019). "Top 30 Country Digital Singles Chart: October 7, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "Gabby Barrett Debuts New Song, 'Hall of Fame'". Country Now. January 10, 2020.