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?!”
“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.”