Barrett singing during American Idol Live! 2018
|Birth name||Gabby Barrett|
|Born||March 5, 2000|
Munhall, Pennsylvania, United States
|Labels||Warner Music Nashville|
Early life and education
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.
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.
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||Carrie Underwood||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 24 Solo/Duet||Contestant's Choice||My Church||Maren Morris||11||Advanced|
|Top 14||Contestant's Choice
|The Climb||Miley Cyrus||14
|Top 10||Disney||Colors of the Wind||Vanessa Williams||6||Safe|
Year You Were Born
|How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?||Prince||10
|Top 5||Carrie Underwood
|Last Name||Carrie Underwood||2
Little Red Wagon
Don't Stop Believin'
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".
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. 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.
In 2019, Barrett released a single indepenently titled "I Hope", which was co-written by Jon Nite and Zachary Kale and produced by Ross Copperman. 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. "I Hope" was then officially released as a single by the label on June 27, 2019.
Barrett married fellow Idol contestant Cade Foehner on October 5, 2019.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|"The Good Ones"||—||—||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
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- "Rising Singer Gabby Barrett Wows Audiences With Her Voice". July 11, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
- 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.
- "Munhall Mayor Ready To Celebrate If American Idol Finalist Gabby Barrett Wins". May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
- Roland, Tom (August 19, 2019). "Makin' Tracks: 'Idol' Alum Gabby Barrett's 'I Hope' Is Not What the Title Implies". Billboard.
- "Warner Music Nashville Signs Gabby Barrett". June 26, 2019.
- "Billboard Country Update" (PDF). Billboard. May 13, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
- "Billboard Country Airplay". Billboard. October 28, 2019. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
- Krol, Jacklyn (January 26, 2019). "Gabby Barrett Is Gunning for Ex in Vengeful New Single, 'I Hope'". Taste of Country.
- Bjorke, Matt (November 6, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Country Downloads Chart". Roughstock. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
- "Gabby Barrett's 'The Good Ones' Was Inspired by Cade Foehner". Taste of Country. July 15, 2019.
- Bjorke, Matt (October 8, 2019). "Top 30 Country Digital Singles Chart: October 7, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved October 11, 2019.