AMERICAN IDOL Alum Gabby Barrett Feeling ‘Blessed’ Ahead of Daughter’s Birth, Multiplatinum Single
By Movieguide® Staff
Christian artist and former AMERICAN IDOL star Gabby Barrett is not only ready to welcome her new baby girl “any day now,” but also is ready to celebrate her breakthrough single, “I Hope.”
The single went RIAA multi-platinum last year joins RIAA’s prestigious Class of 2020. RIAA presented Barrett’s tracks “I Hope” and “The Good Ones” with spots on the list. The achievement comes less than two years after her third-place finish on AMERICAN IDOL.
“I’m still blown away,” the singer told PEOPLE. “I’m so thankful for having so much time off this year to really let it soak in. Being presented with my plaque for ‘I Hope’ was really an indescribable feeling.”
“I just remember being young and always seeing plaques of artists that I really looked up to on the walls of different places, hoping I could have at least one of those someday,” Barrett added. “I’m dreaming with my eyes open as they’re hanging up on my wall. Hopefully, I’ll be able to collect some more in the future.”
Barrett released her first Christmas album last year and said that she is thankful for the opportunity to express her faith to the world through music.
Barrett also just announced the release of her first Christmas track with her rendition of the timeless classic ‘The First Noel.’
Christmas is one of my absolute favorite days of the year,” Barrett said. “My faith is the cornerstone of my life, so being able to share both with ‘The First Noel’ is a gift. I feel so blessed to do what I do every day, and I hope that this song adds something special to your holidays.
Despite all the accolades, Barrett remains humble and wants to put the brakes on her success as she expects her first child.
“There’s a lot of stuff musically that I wasn’t expecting to happen. I’m very blessed for that,” Barrett said. “There are just so many things that have happened in the past two years that I’m very thankful for and have gotten me here and who I am today.”
Barrett continued: “I’ll be off the map for a bit. I think it’s really important to focus on her for that amount of time and just really take a break from music. You can look forward to, if the pandemic ends, me starting up in spring/summer for some cool stuff.”