Gabby Barrett Makes Huge Debut At Country Radio With ‘I Hope’

Gabby Barrett’s career is off to an impressive start. The songstress officially released her debut single, “I Hope,” to country…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 30, 2019


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Gabby Barrett’s career is off to an impressive start.

The songstress officially released her debut single, “I Hope,” to country radio and it became the most-added song from a new artist upon its release.

It’s no surprise, as the vengeful anthem has already resonated well with fans. It previously claimed the No.1 spot on both SiriusXM “The Highway’s” Hot 30 Countdown chart as well as Radio Disney’s Country Top 50 chart. Additionally, “I Hope” has amassed a whopping 34.9 million on-demand streams.

The breakup track was co-written by Barrett alongside Jon Nite and Zachary Kale during a time when Barrett felt she needed to prove herself after becoming a finalist on ABC’s American Idol in 2018.

“I came off the show, and zero labels were trying to grab at me. At all. I mean, none,” she recently recalled in a candid interview with Country Now. “I was like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna stick my nose to the ground and really focus on writing songs, and hopefully get one that’s good. And we got ‘I Hope’ out of it.”

Following the digital release of “I Hope” earlier this year, the labels came back around and Barrett ultimately signed with Warner Music Nashville. She is currently working on her full-length debut album.

“I’m almost done with an album, so there’s a bunch of variety of music on there that I can’t wait for people to hear,” she shared with us previously.

In the meantime, fans can catch Gabby Barrett touring the festival circuit throughout the summer. On October 18, Barrett will open for Kane Brown at his sold-out Staples Center concert in celebration of the venue’s 20th anniversary.

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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.