Gabby Barrett: What’s In My Bag

Find out what the “I Hope” singer keeps in her bag!


Lauren Jo Black

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February 24, 2020


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2020 is going to be Gabby Barrett‘s year!

Less than two months into the new year, the powerhouse vocalist is turning heads and climbing the charts with her debut single, “I Hope.” Already amassing 200 million on-demand streams and making her way into the Top 15 at country radio, Barrett continues to break down barriers.

But her success didn’t come overnight. After appearing on American Idol and landing in the Top 3, Barrett had to prove herself to get a record deal.

“I came off the show, and zero labels were trying to grab at me. At all. I mean, none,” she previously told 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.”

Now signed to Warner Music Nashville, Barrett continues to hone in on her songwriting skills while crafting her upcoming debut album.

Later this year, Barrett will join country superstar Brad Paisley on his 2020 World Tour. She calls it a “dream come true.” She’ll also be performing at various festivals, including Country Jam, Stagecoach and Tortuga Music Festival, throughout the year.

Before her 2020 tour schedule kicks into high gear, the singer/songwriter sat down with Country Now for our “What’s In My Bag” segment. From chewing gum for fresh breath to ALL the lip products, watch the clip above to find out what the “I Hope” singer carries with her on a daily basis.

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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.