Carrie Underwood is well known amongst American Idol fans for reaching out to former contestants. She’s given gifts to the finalists, and shared phone numbers with fellow champs. After winning season 4 in 2005, the country singer has been all about supporting artists. She knows how hard the Idol gantlet and the aftermatch can be.
I think I can call her friend now, says Gabby
Case in point: Gabby Barrett just released her new album Goldmine on Warner Brothers Nashville. The American Idol 2018 2nd runner-up shared details with People magazine about the support Carrie has given her along the way.
“When ‘I Hope’ went No. 1, Carrie texted me congrats,” Gabby told the magazine. “We keep in touch, and I think I can call her friend now. That’s pretty cool!”
If I’m going to be compared to anyone, I hope it’s Carrie Underwood
Gabby big country voice has often been compared to Carrie’s. It’s a comparison Gabby calls “an absolute complement.”
“If I’m going to be compared to anybody, I hope it’s Carrie Underwood,” she said. “But when I actually talked to her about how people compare me to her on American Idol, she said, ‘You know what? You have blonde hair, I have blonde hair. You have a big voice in country music, and so do I. But clearly there’s a difference between me and you — our voices don’t sound the same.'”
“She was like, ‘You have more grit and you have soul and a real R&B flare in your voice. It’s much different than mine,'” Gabby said. “She predicted that everything would be fine after American Idol for me.”
Although hough Gabby planned on promoting her new album on tour with Brad Paisley this summer, the tour got postponed due to coronavirus. Currently, she says, they’re “taking it day by day.”
“People are nervous with the virus, and I’m trying to be cautious myself because I have severe asthma,” she says. “Hopefully some time this year we’ll be able to get to you.”
In the meantime, she and husband and fellow American Idol contestant Cade Foehner have been quarantining together in their home in Nashville.