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Gabby Barrett photo courtesy of Red Light Management
Gabby Barrett photo courtesy of Red Light Management

Gabby Barrett shares life story on hotly anticipated sophomore album 'Chapter & Verse'

Fri, Feb 9th 2024 08:00 pm

Press Release

“Chapter & Verse” is the boldly ambitious and beautifully realized album from Warner Music Nashville’s multi-Platinum star Gabby Barrett. A major leap forward for the 23-year-old singer-songwriter, Barrett’s sophomore LP arrives as an autobiographical tour-de-force that more than fulfills the immense promise of her Platinum-certified, history-making, hit-stacked debut “Goldmine.” 

Available everywhere, listen here.

In an extraordinary evolution of “Goldmine” – a 2020 release that came to life during lockdown and delivered smash singles such as the seven-times-Platinum No. 1 “I Hope” – Barrett stepped into the studio for the very first time in the making of “Chapter & Verse” and co-produced the full album alongside Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Ross Copperman. As she claimed a whole new level of creative control, Barrett co-wrote nine of the 14 songs, and ultimately dreamed up a high-concept yet emotionally candid body of work, brightening every moment with her soul-stirring vocal. With its title nodding to the chapters and verses within each book of the Bible, the result is a deeply moving and exquisitely detailed portrait of her experience as a wife, mother, and woman of faith.

Mainly recorded at Nashville’s iconic Blackbird Studio, “Chapter & Verse” took shape with a stellar lineup of musicians who helped craft the album’s lush and timeless sound – an element informed by Barrett’s decision to fully lean into her country roots. In addition to co-writing with luminaries including the iconic Miranda Lambert, Barrett teamed up with country superstar Luke Combs on “Dance Like No One’s Watching” (a track she teased to overwhelming response in an Instagram post last year). Laced with tender pedal steel tones, the nostalgia-tinged stunner speaks to the enduring sustenance of a father’s love and the indelible wisdom passed from parent-to-child (from the chorus: “And he said dance like no one’s watching / Whatever you do / And if life gives you love, fall in / But always be you”). After co-writing “Dance Like No One’s Watching” with Emily Weisband and James McNair, Combs handed the song off to Barrett and lent his unforgettably warm background vocals to the track.

“I grew up being a daddy’s girl, and now I get to watch my husband and daughter have that father-daughter bond,” Barrett said. “That’s just irreplaceable.” 

Listen to “Dance Like No One’s Watching” here.

Showing her incredible range as a songwriter and vocalist, “Chapter & Verse” encompasses everything from feel-good anthems to tearful piano ballads, and full-hearted love songs exploring the more nuanced and complex dimensions of long-lasting romance. Along with the previously released songs “Cowboy Back,” “Growin’ Up Raising You” and “You’re My Texas,” the album includes Barrett’s current single “Glory Days” – a heart-thumping ode to living in the moment and appreciating the lovely simplicity of everyday life. Now top 20-and-climbing at country radio, “Glory Days” marked her second time in the coveted most-added position with 77 first-week stations (the most first-week adds for a female artist in the genre in 14 months). That triumph is proving to be par for the course for Barrett, whose record-breaking achievements with “Goldmine” included earning the most first-week debut album streams of any country act in history.

Opening on “The Chapter” (a soaring and soulful anthem that muses on the ups-and-downs of early adulthood), “Chapter & Verse” closes out with “The Verse: Doxology (Amen)” (a breathtaking a cappella rendition of one of Barrett’s most cherished hymns, featuring singer-songwriter Phil Wickham). All throughout “Chapter & Verse,” Barrett infuses her songs with equal parts honesty, grace, and warmhearted perspective – and, in turn, fully affirms her status as one of the most formidable young talents in country music today.

More About Gabby Barrett

Warner Music Nashville’s multi-Platinum star Gabby Barrett continues to prove herself to be an unstoppable force in country music. Surpassing 3 billion global career streams, the powerhouse vocalist delivers her most autobiographical work to date with sophomore album “Chapter & Verse,” including top 20-and-climbing single “Glory Days.”

Platinum “Pick Me Up” off the deluxe version of her top-streaming Platinum album “Goldmine,” followed mega breakout seven-times-Platinum No. 1 “I Hope”; four-week Hot AC No. 1 crossover “I Hope (feat. Charlie Puth)”; and three-times-Platinum three-week No. 1 “The Good Ones.”

Ruling the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for a record-breaking 27 weeks, “I Hope” was the first debut single by a solo female artist to top the country radio charts since 2017 and made her the youngest artist with a No. 1 debut at country radio in over two decades.

Tallying major accolades such as Billboard Women in Music 2022’s Rising Star Award, 2021 CMT Artists of the Year, and the iHeartRadio Titanium Award, plus nods from ACM, AMA, Billboard, CMA, CMT and iHeartRadio, Barrett has also co-hosted the ACM Awards and “CMA Country Christmas.”

For tour dates and more, go to www.GabbyBarrett.com.

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