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Welcome to Gabby Barrett Live, your online source dedicated to the talented and beautiful American singer-songwriter, Gabby Barrett! You may know her from her chart-topping hits like "I Hope," "The Good Ones," and "Footprints On The Moon." You may also know her as the second runner-up from Season 16 of the American Idol singing competition television series broadcasted on ABC in 2018. The fansite aims to provide you with all the latest news, photos, videos, and much more on Gabby Barrett and her career. Thank you for visiting!

Gabby Barrett Biography

Gabby Barrett (born March 5, 2000) is an American singer-songwriter from Munhall, Pennsylvania. She was the second runner-up on Season 16 of the American Idol singing competition television series broadcasted on ABC in 2018. Her debut single “I Hope” was certified Gold for half a million units in sales and streams on January 16, 2020; it was the first top 10 Hot Country Songs debut by an unaccompanied woman since October 2017. On April 6, 2020, “I Hope” was certified Platinum for a million units in sales and streams.

Early Life and Education

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

She started singing at 9 and doing shows at 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, PA.



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

A country music fan, Barrett blends her soulful voice with a combination of R&B and country during her performances.

Her father has been there every step of the way and recalls when Smokey Robinson complimented Gabby’s performance after a singing competition win in 2014. “He personally told her she had everything it takes to be a superstar,” Blase Barrett says. “Nashville recording execs call her a ‘Country Adele.'”

On October 31, 2016, Gabby released a 6-song EP titled 16. A 2016 Journeys Shoes’ national ad campaign featured Gabby’s co-written song, “Young Blood”.

In 2017, she organized a Dreams Really Do Come True tour, visiting area Pittsburgh schools with an anti-bullying message and musical performances. She remains passionate about the cause.

2018: American Idol Season 16

In May 2018, 18-year-old Gabby climbed to success on the 16th season of American Idol on ABC, finishing as the second runner-up. Barrett’s YouTube channel caught the attention of the American Idol team; they reached out and invited her to audition in front of judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. Speaking with Triblive, her father Blase Barrett said: “Gabby doesn’t have one ounce of nerves (performing for an audience) because she loves to perform in front of crowds. It is much harder for her to perform in front of the three judges (Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan).”

Gabby Barrett auditioned for the American Idol singing competition in Nashville, TN at Country Music Hall of Fame on October 20, 2017. She sang “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood for her audition. The judges then asked her to sing another song and she sang “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”.

Barrett had to keep the news under wraps for weeks, as she traveled for rounds of auditions, tapings and more. Her father and general manager, Blase Barrett, accompanied her for the show tapings. “Most of the time it was just me and her,” Blase Barrett says. “But we were able to finish the last two weeks with her brother and sister supporting her. That helped a lot so she wasn’t homesick.”

Though this season of the recently rebooted singing competition went by faster than most, Barrett says she still learned a lot about performing from the judges. Now, the Munhall native juggles TV appearances and concerts, along with her increasing fame. The biggest change for this Pittsburgh girl? She “can’t walk out in public wearing sweatpants and socks that don’t match.” Though fame may haunt and hurt some people, Barrett finds it encouraging. Seeing her face plastered everywhere for something she and her father — her biggest and most dedicated supporter — have been working toward for so long is a great relief to Barrett.

Gabby has spoken openly on the ABC competition series about the bullying she suffered in high school. She left school as a result and enrolled in online classes.

The song on the show selected for her if she won was “Rivers Deep”. Carrie Underwood says that Barrett is further along than she was at her age.

Songs Performed on American Idol


Audition in Nashville (October 20, 2017):
“Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood
“His Eye Is On The Sparrow” Gospel Hymn

Hollywood Week

Group Rounds:
“Domino” by Jessie J
Showcase Rounds:
“Church Bells” by Carrie Underwood
Top 24 Solos:
“My Church” by Maren Morris
Top 24 Celebrity Duets:
“Stay” with Sugarland

Live Shows

Top 14 (April 22, 2018):
“The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
Top 10 Reveal (April 23, 2018):
“Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert
Top 10 – Disney Night (April 29, 2018):
“Colors of the Wind” by ‘Pocahontas’
“When You Wish Upon a Star” with Katy Perry and the Top 10
Top 7 – Prince/Birth Year Night (May 6, 2018):
“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
“How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore” by Prince
Top 5 – Carrie Underwood/Mothers’ Day Dedications (May 13, 2018):
“Last Name” by Carrie Underwood
“I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston
“See You Again” with Carrie Underwood and the Top 5
Top 3 – Winner’s Song/Reprise Song/Hometown Dedication (May 20, 2018):
“Rivers Deep” original song
“Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert
“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
Finale – Winner Chosen (May 21, 2018):
“All Night Long” with Lionel Richie and the Top 10
“Most People Are Good” with Luke Bryan
“Meant To Be” with Bebe Rexha and the Top 3

2019-2020: The Fireflies, “I Hope,” and Goldmine

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.”

In 2019, Barrett released a single independently titled “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 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. This debut single topped Billboard’s Country Streaming Songs chart as well as the Country Airplay chart in April 2020.

Her debut album Goldmine will be released on June 19, 2020.


Gabby Barrett won the 2014 Kean Quest Talent Search title, impressing the judges with her rendition of “Mercy.” She was accompanied on the guitar by Jason Novak and won a recording package with Grammy award-winning studio Audible Images. At the time of the competition, Gabby was an eighth-grade student at St. Teresa’s and received the Audience Choice award in the semi-final round of the competition. Her performance in the finale, on April 11, 2014, received the top combined score of the four judges out of the 29 contestants performing during the Youth Finals.

She also won the 2014 First Night Sing-Off competition which was judged by Motown legend, Smokey Robinson. Her victory also won her an interview on KDKA’s “The Today Show,” and a spotlight performance at the Benedum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on New Year’s Eve.

When referring to Gabby’s passion for performing her music, Smokey was quoted as saying, “This girl has what it takes to be a superstar!” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review described her as “A voice you must hear!”

Other Ventures


Gabby has been able to use her gifts and talents to support nonprofits such as Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Camp Star (Youth Amputee Camp), and Saint Jude.

She has also traveled around the country to perform at numerous high schools, universities and community colleges to bring more awareness and talk candidly about the importance of anti-bullying campaigns.

She continues to visit cancer patients as often as possible, sharing her time by bringing joy and hope through her music, wherever she goes.

Personal Life

Gabby Barrett and fellow American Idol contestant Cade Foehner announced their engagement on March 22, 2019. They officially started dating on March 28, 2018, soon after meeting on the show.

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, Cade and Gabby tied the knot at Union Springs Wedding and Event Venue in Garrison, Texas.

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