Gabby Barrett Drops ‘Chapter & Verse,’ Featuring The Luke Combs-Penned ‘Dance Like No One’s Watching’

The albums gives fans a glimpse into Barrett’s life as an artist, wife, and mother.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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February 2, 2024

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Gabby Barrett; Photo by Robby Klein

Multi-platinum star Gabby Barrett dropped her new album, Chapter & Verse, today (Feb. 2), and among the new tracks is the highly anticipated “Dance Like No One’s Watching,” which features vocals from country superstar Luke Combs.

Barrett got an incredibly positive response from fans on the nostalgia-laced tune when she first shared a teaser on Instagram last year. Since then, listeners have eagerly been awaiting its official release. 

Combs co-penned “Dance Like No One’s Watching,” with Emily Weisband and James McNair and then passed it on to Barrett, deeming her the rightful artist to convey the sentimental narrative about a father’s love and the advice he passes down to his child. Combs also lent his vocals in the background, adding a bit of extra warmth and sincerity to the song. 

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“Daddy, dance like no one’s watchin’ whatever you do/ And if life gives you love, then fall in, but always be you/ Oh, I know it’s a big world an it’s so easy to get lost in/ So, dance like no one’s watchin’,” the pair of country stars sing on the chorus in seamless harmony. 

The mother of two (with another on the way), makes the song her own as she connects the poignant pedal steel tones, compassionate guitar plucks and wisdom-filled lyrics to her upbringing as a “daddy’s girl.”

“I grew up being a daddy’s girl, and now I get to watch my husband and daughter have that father-daughter bond,” says Barrett of the new song. “That’s just irreplaceable.” 

Gabby Barrett - Chapter & Verse
Gabby Barrett – Chapter & Verse

This song as well as the remainder of the full-length collection, gives listeners an in-depth look into how Barrett’s upbringing has influenced how she chooses to raise her own kids in a faith-centered household. At only 23 years old, she’s learning to balance family, work and her faith, and she’s documented many of her significant emotions and experiences throughout the autobiographical Chapter & Verse.

“Chapter & Verse” Track List:

1. “The Chapter” (Gabby Barrett, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, Hillary Lindsey)

2. “Cowboy Back” (Gabby Barrett, Jon Nite, Jesse Frasure)

3. “Dance Like No One’s Watching” (Emily Weisband, James McNair, Luke Combs)

4. “Glory Days” (Gabby Barrett, James McNair, Emily Weisband, Seth Mosley)

5. “Had It All” (Gabby Barrett, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, Hillary Lindsey)

6. “Hard To Read” (Gabby Barrett, Josh Thompson, Jon Nite)

7. “Growin’ Up Raising You” (Gabby Barrett, Jon Nite, Zach Kale, Jimmy Robbins)

8. “Off The Highway” (Gabby Barrett, James McNair, Emily Weisband, Seth Mosley)

9. “You’re My Texas” (Gabby Barrett, Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey)

10. “Jesus On A Train” (Gabby Barrett, Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally)

11. “Grow Apart” (Emily Weisband, Lydia Vaughan, Sam Bergeson)

12. “God, Money & Love” (Lori McKenna, Corey Crowder, Phil Barton)

13. “All Of My Life” (Jon Nite, Jordan Reynolds, Josh Miller)

14. “The Verse: Doxology (Amen) (Feat. Phil Wickham)” (Phil Wickham, Thomas Ken, Louis Bourgeois)

Gabby Barrett; Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBC
Gabby Barrett; Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBC

Barrett Co-Wrote 9 Of The 14 Tracks

Barrett took a hands-on approach to the making of this album as she serves as a co-producer for the very first time alongside GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Ross Copperman. She is also responsible for co-writing nine of the 14 songs alongside talented songwriters like Miranda Lambert. Mainly recorded at Nashville’s iconic Blackbird Studio, Chapter & Verse was elevated with the help of a lineup of cosmic musicians who brought the album’s soulful and traditional country sound to life. 

The title of the project acts as a nod to the chapters and verses within each book of the Bible. Barrett covers everything from feel-good anthems to moving piano ballads, and tender love songs, which are bookended by the songs that make up the full title. 

The Warner Music Nashville multi-platinum star has offered a preview of her autobiographical project through advanced releases of songs like “Cowboy Back,” “Growin’ Up Raising You,” “You’re My Texas,” and “Glory Days,” her current single that celebrates the simplicity of life and has resonated deeply with fans. The single is currently sitting in the Top 20-and-climbing at Country radio, marking her second time in the coveted most-added position with 77 first-week stations (the most first-week adds for a female artist in the genre in 14 months).

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To honor of today’s release, Barrett invited fans to celebrate with an immersive album-listening event in Nashville, TN. 

The Chapter & Verse experience is free, open to the public, and will take place at the following locations: 

GABBY BARRETT: THE CHAPTER & VERSE EXPERIENCE AT FIFTH + BROADWAY

DATE: FEBRUARY 1-2

TIME: 11 A.M.-7 P.M. CT *ALBUM LISTENING EVENT – FEBRUARY 2 ONLY!*

TIME: 3-4 P.M. CT

LOCATION:

FIFTH + BROADWAY (POP-UP IS LOCATED ON LEVEL 1 BETWEEN THE ENTRANCE OF ASSEMBLY FOOD HALL AND HATTIE B’S)

ADDRESS: 5036 BROADWAY, NASHVILLE, TN 37203

GABBY BARRETT: THE CHAPTER & VERSE EXPERIENCE AT THE PLAZA AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE

DATE: FEBRUARY 1-2

TIME: 5-10 P.M. CT

LOCATION: THE PLAZA AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE

ADDRESS: 600 OPRY MILLS DRIVE, NASHVILLE, TN 37214

Those hoping to attend can expect to get a behind-the-scenes look into Barrett’s new project as well as life on the road as she balances work with motherhood. However, Barrett made it clear that she will not be on site for the event as she is due to welcome her third child “any second now.”

Gabby Barrett is scheduled to take place at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Aberdeen, SD on August 12.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.