Gabby Barrett Feels ‘Blessed’ After ‘Footprints On The Moon’ Wins Favorite Female Empowerment Anthem

“Everybody says that you can’t ’til you do” and Gabby Barrett is the prime example of that as her latest…


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December 8, 2021


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“Everybody says that you can’t ’til you do” and Gabby Barrett is the prime example of that as her latest single, the empowering “Footprints On The Moon,” was crowned winner of the Country Now Award for Favorite Female Empowerment Anthem.

The news was revealed on Wednesday during the Country Now Awards livestream and Barrett was on-hand to accept the honor virtually.


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“Thank y’all so much… oh my goodness. This is an absolute honor,” she shared. “I feel so blessed and thank you so much to the fans. This was 100% fan voted. Thank you guys so much from the bottom of my heart. I’m sharing this award with you guys and I hope you can feel my love from it, so thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Barrett, who earned not one, but two songs on Billboard’s Top 10 Hot Country Songs list of 2021, went on to share further details about the track she co-penned alongside Zach Kale and Jon Nite.

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“This song was such an important song to me. It kind of completes the trilogy of my first three singles and this song specifically taught me about having big dreams and going after them and not letting anything hold you back and not thinking that when you become an adult, it’s too late for you that there’s not really an age limit to having dreams and going after them, so I hope you guys continue to enjoy the song and thank you so so much for this award,” she concluded.

“Footprints On The Moon” is featured on Barrett’s debut album, Goldmine

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The other tracks nominated in the category were: “Girl Who Didn’t Care” by Tenille Townes, “It’s ‘Cause I Am” by Callista Clark, “Lady Like” by Ingrid Andress, “Like A Lady” by Lady A, “Raised Right” by Reyna Roberts, “Remember Her Name” by Mickey Guyton, “Somebody Does” by Tigirlily, “Things A Man Oughta Know” by Lainey Wilson and “Woman You Got” by Maddie & Tae.

The Inaugural Country Now Awards streamed on Wednesday, December 8. The winners in the 14 categories were determined by fan votes placed between November 15 and November 30 on Over 1.1 million total votes were cast.

Hosted by Country Now’s Lauren Black, the Country Now Awards featured special appearances by Brantley Gilbert, Carly Pearce, Chayce Beckham, Chelcie Lynn (a.k.a. Trailer Trash Tammy), Elle King, ERNEST, Jameson Rodgers, Jimmie Allen, Kaleb Austin, Katie Austin, Kierra Lewis, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Wallen, and Walker Hayes.

George Birge, HARDY, Jameson Rodgers, Jimmie Allen, Lainey Wilson, Restless Road and Lily Rose also performed.

The Country Now Awards live stream was in support of the Love Music. Stop Cancer. Campaign to raise awareness and support for kids with cancer and other catastrophic diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Visit to learn more about Love Music. Stop Cancer.

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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.