Gabby Barrett Celebrates Career Achievement With Trisha Yearwood Surprise

Gabby Barrett’s rise to superstardom is showing no signs of slowing down as the American Idol alum has become the…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 27, 2020


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Gabby Barrett, Trisha Yearwood

Gabby Barrett’s rise to superstardom is showing no signs of slowing down as the American Idol alum has become the first-ever female country artist to top 10 million single week streams with a whopping 11.3 million streams this past week. Her massive debut single, “I Hope” continues its streak of success, topping the Country On-Demand Streaming chart for the seventh consecutive week and putting Barrett at the No.2 spot on Nielsen’s Country On-Demand 2020 Year To Date chart.

Additionally, the music video for “I Hope,” which has raked in 48 million views on YouTube alone, reached the No.1 spot on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown over the weekend. Barrett is the first solo female to bring a debut single to the top of the charts since 2017, when Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing” went No.1.

To celebrate Gabby Barrett’s recent success, country superstar Trisha Yearwood surprised her over the weekend during an appearance on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

When host Cody Alan reveals that Yearwood is there to surprise her, Barrett loses all cool. “Are you kidding me?!”

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“Oh my gosh, I love you, and I love Garth, and I love Trisha’s Southern Kitchen!” she says excitedly.

After congratulating Barrett on her first No.1, Yearwood took a moment to offer Barrett some career advice.

“For me, that first year, especially that first No. 1, just felt like it flew by, and I remember the moment when I kinda stopped myself, kinda that pinch-me moment where you’re like, you’ve got to really be in the moment, or you’re gonna look back on your career and it’ll be like watching a movie, but you don’t remember being in it,” she advised. “When I learned to do that, it really changed everything for me.”

Click above to watch the sweet surprise go down.

Barrett is gearing up for the release of her highly anticipated debut album, Goldmine. Out June 19, the project features “I Hope” as well as Barrett’s new radio single, “The Good Ones.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.