Gabby Barrett is a Nashville based singer-songwriter. She has been making quite a name for herself. Carrie Underwood has been her mentor and she has supported Keith Urban. Her debut album ‘Goldmine’ has been one of most anticipated releases by a country artist this year and she has just been nominated for an ACM award. We talk hope, heroes and American Idol ….
Welcome Gabby, thanks for taking time out to talk to us today…
Tell us the story behind the song ‘I hope’ and how it was working with Charlie Puth
We wrote “I Hope” on Halloween 2018 (me, Jon Nite and Zach Kale). They came in with the idea to write a song about a guy who does a girl wrong, but she still wishes him well in the end; which I thought to myself, “that’s not normally how people react in that type of situation!” Haha! So we re-directed it a little bit and “I Hope” just kind of fell in to place!
Working with Charlie and his team was awesome – he messaged me on Instagram asking if he could remix the song, which of course I said yes to! I thought he was going to come back with like a club remix of the song, and when I was listening back, the second verse came around and he was SINGING ON IT (even better). We’re both Warner artists so it went really quickly from there and I am so happy with how everything turned out.
Five things you love about Nashville would include
Tell us what you most cherish about your time on American Idol
There are so many wonderful moments that have come from Idol. I loved that it gave me a place to put everything I had learned from the six years I had been performing prior, to use. Working with Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, etc, was amazing. Something I cherish the most though, would be meeting my sweet husband on the show. Never in a million years would I have thought a relationship would’ve come out of it, too. Very blessed!
Who’s back catalogue has been most inspirational to you and why
Dolly Parton’s back catalogue has been something I’ve loved looking into. I think the most personal, genuine songs are the ones that stand the test of time, and Dolly’s proven that to be true time and time again.
What are your hopes for the rest of 2020 and indeed the decade ahead?
I hope we can all stay safe in 2020, make some great music, and figure out how to get back on the road to see people and perform. I am so thankful to do what we do, and I just want to get back out there and tour this record when it is finally safe again to do so!
Quick fire questions
If you had to choose would you pick …..
Faith or Love – Faith
Candlelight or neon lights – Candlelight
Ice-cream or cake – Ice-cream
Lyrics or melody – Melody
Lady A or Lady Gaga – Lady A