She’s still just 20-years-old, but the powerhouse vocalist and Platinum-certified Gabby Barrett is clearly destined for the top. Her breakthrough single ‘I Hope’ has already exceeded 150 million streams combined across Spotify and YouTube, reached#1 on the U.S. Country Radio Airplay charts (making her the youngest artist to achieve that with her debut single in over two decades) and peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. That impact resulted in Billboard and Forbes including her as a likely nominee for Best New Artist in their tips for next year’s Grammy Awards.
Her soaring profile has reached a new peak with the release of her highly anticipated debut album ‘Goldmine’, which is out now (listen HERE), showcasing her undeniable credentials as an artist and songwriter. Co-writer of twelve of the project’s thirteen songs, it proves that Barrett can express both deeply personal stories and universally relatable emotions. The result is an album that reaches across genres while staying firmly rooted in country music, anchored on Barrett’s soulful, powerhouse voice and her wise-beyond-her-years convictions.
“It feels like a dream,” beams Barrett. “I’ve wanted to put out an album since I was 11-years-old and decided that country music was what I would aspire to do for the rest of my life. So to see it come to life today just the way I dreamed is such a huge blessing. Thank you to everyone who inspired, worked on and supported this album from beginning to now – I really do feel like it’s my own little ‘goldmine’ and I am so grateful. I hope you love it as much as I do!”
The album is book-ended by two versions of ‘I Hope’, a song which Rolling Stone described as a “vindictive crossover hit.”The powerful and revealing version that opens the album is fully consistent with Barrett’s country roots, while the feature from Charlie Puth gives it a modern pop edge and gives a new slant on the song’s meaning.
Barrett commented, “With Charlie being on this track, it changes the perspective of the song. When I wrote it I was writing from a woman’s perspective, and so with him being on it, it kind of shows the men’s perspective too. That both sides get cheated on and it’s not just a one-sided thing.”
Puth added: “I fell in love with the song when I first heard it, and to be able to reimagine it with Gabby and the writers and producers and take it to a new place, is really exciting.”
From a creative spin on the love ballad with ‘Hall of Fame’ to her joyous and romantic second hit single ‘The Good Ones’(already at 40 million+ streams), ‘Goldmine’ is the full picture of a young artist already ascending to her creative peak, comfortable in exactly who she is.
‘Goldmine’ was produced by the Grammy-nominated Ross Copperman and Zach Kale, with additional production from Jimmy Robbins, Sam Martin and Bryan Fowler on select tracks.
Barrett started 2020 as one of America’s most hotly-tipped new artists, with inclusions in Ones To Watch-type lists from Amazon Music, ACM, CMT, SiriusXM + Pandora and Radio Disney. She soon lived up to that promise when ‘I Hope’ became the first solo female debut single to reach #1 on the Country Airplay charts since 2017.
Hailing from Pennsylvania, she begin singing in a gospel choir as a child. She performed 136 shows in 2017 before rising to prominence as a finalist on ‘American Idol’. She’s played shows with the likes of Bebe Rexha, Carrie Underwood and LukeBryan, and has already earned over 400 million streams in her short career.