Gabby Barrett Honored With Key To The City And ‘Gabby Barrett Day’ During Hometown Visit

The presentation took place at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Madeleine O’Connell

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August 14, 2023


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Gabby Barrett: Photos by Marisa Taylor

Gabby Barrett appeared in her home state of Pennsylvania on Friday, August 11, to headline a concert following the Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game. However, before she took the stage, the Munhall native received two incredibly high honors in recognition of her success and her proud representation of the city.  

During an on-field presentation at PNC ParkMunhall Mayor Robert Falce presented Barrett with a key to the city while County Executive Rich Fitzgerald also proclaimed August 11, 2023 as “Gabby Barrett Day” in Allegheny County. 

Gabby Barrett; Photo by Marisa Taylor
Gabby Barrett; Photo by Marisa Taylor

The American Idol alum then ended the evening on a high note as she performed in front of a stadium of over a whopping 30K fans.

Taking to Instagram, Barrett shared her gratitude and appreciation and admitted that the events of this evening were “nothing short of an honor.” 

“I am not sure where to start… last night, being in Pittsburgh (my hometown) and headlining a place I remember most of the time performing hardly to anyone, for years and years – there was now 31,000 people in attendance for the show. I cannot put into words the emotions I was balancing before walking on stage,” she wrote alongside a video that panned the entire stadium lit up with cell-phone lights and packed with excited attendees standing shoulder-to-shoulder.

“God is blessing & we’re here for the ride,” the singer/songwriter added. 

She concluded her statement by saying, “Thank you to my fans that have been there and supported allllllll through these years. It was so wonderful to see familiar faces. Until we return back… thank you!!!!”

While on stage, Barrett introduced a few brand-new songs from her forthcoming sophomore album including her current Top 35-and-rising single “Glory Days.” In addition, she played her smash hits such as 7X PLATINUM #1 “I Hope,” 3X PLATINUM #1 “The Good Ones,” and PLATINUM “Pick Me Up.” 

Gabby Barrett; Photo by Marisa Taylor
Gabby Barrett; Photo by Marisa Taylor

Glory Days” serves as the first track from Gabby Barrett’s next project which she is co-producing alongside Ross Copperman. The tune was recently brought to life in an accompanying music video that features Barrett with her husband, Cade and two children, Baylah May, 2, and Augustine Boone, 9 months.

With her family by her side in the setting of a picturesque farm, Barrett creates a visual representation of the song’s powerful message that reminds listeners to cherish life’s most valuable moments. 

The songstress co-wrote the tune alongside Emily Weisband, Seth Mosley, and James McNair, and co-produced the track with Ross Copperman.

“This is as good as it gets, I don’t know what I would change / I love this life that we live, I love that smile on your face / No, we ain’t gotta look back at all those pictures in frames / And wish it’d all stay the same / ‘Cause right here, right now I say, ‘These are the glory days,’” Barrett sings on the chorus. 

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While fans have yet to hear when the project will be released, Barrett did share some hopeful news when she told Entertainment Tonight that it is expected to debut later this year.

“Hopefully, like, early fall is the goal,” Barrett told the outlet.

Along with “Glory Days,” the album is also expected to feature songs co-written by Luke Combs and Miranda Lambert.

The Pennsylvania native’s forthcoming album will follow her record-breaking debut album, Goldmine, which spawned chart-topping hits such as “The Good Ones” and her debut single “I Hope.” Barrett then released a deluxe edition of Goldmine, which featured four new songs, including “Pick Me Up,” “Never Get It Back,” “The Good Ones (Wedding Version),” and a cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” in addition to the 13 original tracks.

In addition, it was recently announced that Gaby Barrett has been tapped to join the select group of artists appearing on a compilation album called A Tribute To The Judds. This collection will be delivered on October 27 in celebration of The Judds’ 40th anniversary.

Gabby Barrett has had a busy year on the road, opening for country superstars such as Kane Brown, Jason Aldean and Brooks & Dunn.

Next up, she will return to the stage on August 17 at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland, VT. 

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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.