Gabby Barrett, who took third place in season sixteen of American Idol, is one of five artists nominated by CMT for Artist of the Year.
The award may not come as a shock to Barrett’s fans. In April 2020, the artist’s single, “I Hope”, was the first debut single by an artist to reach the top of the Billboards Country streaming songs chart according to Billboard.com.
At the time, Billboard.com reported, “The song Barrett wrote with Zachary Kale and Jon Nite is increasing 7% to 9 million US streams in the week ending April 2nd, according to Nielsen Music / MRC Data.”
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Besides Barrett, the artists who are CMT Artist of the Year 2021, according to Billboard.com, are Christ Stapleton, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs.
In a statement, CMT told Billboard.com that the award winners “collectively dominated the past 12 months in country music, topping all CMT platforms, charting top albums and singles, while finding creative ways to interact with To connect fans and meet personal and professional challenges posed by the pandemic. “
In addition to being named Artist of the Year, Barrett received four other nominations: New Artist, Singer, Single, and Song of the Year. According to People, the latter two are nods to their song “The Good Ones”.
In June 2021, Barrett told People whether she could release the song “I Hope” today or not.
She replied: “I would definitely spell ‘I Hope’ differently, for sure.”
As reported by Menschen, the singer gave birth to her daughter Baylah May on January 18, 2021 and has been married to “Idol” alumna Cade Foehner for two years.
Barrett told the outlet what a whirlwind it was and admitted, “It’s hard to see it all when you’re moving at a million miles an hour. You can’t really enjoy it – or at least I couldn’t enjoy it and look at it as best as possible and let everything affect me that really happened to my work. “
Then she discussed what it feels like to actually allow yourself this sense of achievement. She shared, “I cried tears of joy because I worked so hard. It was just an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. “
In an interview with Music Mayhem Magazine in October 2021, Barrett announced that she was working on her follow-up album to her debut album. Gold mine.
She explained, “Right now I’m working on the music for album number two. We’re writing and trying to prepare to try out the new songs for our upcoming shows. “
She said there wasn’t a release date for the new album, but admitted, “I’m definitely looking forward to releasing new music, whatever it is.”
The CMT Awards will be held on Wednesday, October 13 at 9 p.m. Eastern and 8 p.m. Central Time at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.