Gabby Barrett On Her First No.1 Single: ‘I Can’t Believe This Is Happening’

Gabby Barrett is celebrating a career first this week as her debut single, “I Hope,” tops both the Billboard and…


Lauren Jo Black

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April 20, 2020


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Gabby Barrett; Photo by Robby Klein

Gabby Barrett is celebrating a career first this week as her debut single, “I Hope,” tops both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country radio airplay charts. 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. Additionally, Barrett becomes the first debut solo female to enter the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart since 2017,  as “I Hope” climbs to the No.2 spot.

“I can’t believe this is happening… this is AMAZING,” Barrett gushed. “Thank you to country radio for being so welcoming and supportive. And to my husband, family, fans, label, team and everyone who has supported me along the way – this would not have been possible without you. God is good, all the time.”

Barrett documented the exciting news in a video shared to Facebook. In the clip, the vocal powerhouse is surprised with the news by her manager and record label. She then called her cowriters, Zachary Kale and Jon Nite to share the news with them.

Just days before “I Hope” reached No.1, Barrett released a remix of the song featuring pop star Charlie Puth. The remix offers a different perspective on the hit song. Listen HERE.

Gabby Barrett is slated to release her much-anticipated debut album later this year.

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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.