By Aaron Wagner
To say that the last few years have been a whirlwind for Gabby Barrett would be an understatement.
In 2018 she made her debut by appearing on season 16 of American Idol where she finished 3rd. A year later in 2019, she released her debut single “I Hope” which would end up reaching #1. Now, in 2020 she released her full debut album Goldmine that has her positioned for some serious longterm success in country music.
Listening to song after song on Goldmine, it’s truly mind-blowing that Gabby is only 20 years old. Not only in the fact that her voice is so captivating and recognizable, but the depth of the songwriting is what stands out.
She appears to have this remarkable skill of knowing who she is as a person, what’s important to her in her life, and also the type of music she wants to make. She married her husband Cade last fall and there are many moments on the album where she sings about that relationship. She does so in a way that is more mature than the love songs Taylor Swift was putting out, while still having that “young-love” vibe that make it come across as very authentic.
She starts off the album with her smash hit “I Hope.” It’s the song that has made her a name in country music. The song was so successful that she included a remixed version with Charlie Puth on the album as well.
Gabby isn’t bashful about sharing her faith and she wraps her marriage, career, and everything into this message of thanking god for her blessings in “Thank God.” She then sings about falling in love and wanting to know everything about someone in “Write It On My Heart.” It’s a soaring chorus that really shows off her higher range.
“Footprints On The Moon” has lever lyrics as she describes even with all the voices and outside noises that doubt your dreams, they still are attainable. She continues talking about her dreams in “You’re the Only Reason.” She acknowledges that she’s put in the hard work for her dreams but gives her husband the recognition he deserves for being by her side and helping her get through.
The title track “Goldmine” feature a star studded lineup of writers with Liz Rose, Nicole Galyon, and Caitlyn Smith.It’s high energy and allows Gabby to show off her naturally gravelly voice.
It appears that “The Good Ones” is her next single at radio that has Gabby singing about how she got one of the good men in life. “Jesus & My Mama” is a song that Gabby’s been performing at live shows for years. It’s a really fun and electric song that you really need to hear live.
“Hall of Fame” is written by fellow country riser Adam Doleac, and this mid-tempo is one of my favorites on the project.
On “Got Me” Gabby teams up with Christian recording duo Shane & Shane for this powerful and inspirational song about ones faith and Jesus never giving up on us. I can’t overstate how moving this song can be.
“Rose Needs a Jack” has a clever title that draws you in but the production makes you stay. She then wraps up the album with “Strong.” With a chorus that features light piano and a light bass drum int he background, it allows Gabby’s vocals to shine through as she wraps up the album.
This is such a strong debut album from the 20-year-old. I’m so curious and excited to see what this album does for Gabby’s career. The sky is truly the limit.