ACM ‘New Female Artist’ Winner Gabby Barrett Discusses Life after Birth of Daughter Baylah May
Gabby Barrett first shot to fame when she became the second runner-up on American Idol in 2018. Her debut single, 'I Hope,' reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and stayed there for 20 weeks, making her the solo female artist with the longest-leading No. 1 in 62 years.
The star continues to rise with her second chart-topping hit with 'The Good Ones.' which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart and stayed on the charts for 42 weeks straight. Barrett was already heading into the 56th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards as a winner with such stellar performances, and she managed to win her first ACM award.
She was named the New Female Artist of the Year at the star-studded event. For her special performance, she chose her second chart-topping single, 'The Good Ones', and sang a beautiful rendition of the track with her husband and fellow American Idol alumni Cade Foehner accompanying her on guitar.
2021 was the year for Barrett, as she had many reasons to celebrate, including the birth of her daughter.
Gabby Barrett Welcomed Baby Girl
On Jan 18, 2021, the songstress and her husband Foehner welcomed their daughter Baylah May. Although music was still on her mind, she embraced her role as a mother.
She took to Instagram to announce the birth of her daughter with a photo of her baby swaddled in a deep red blanket, with a decorative name tag placed on top. The new mother chose not to reveal her new daughter's face, though.
In a candid conversation with People, the singer iterated how much her priorities have changed since the birth of her daughter.
She gushed at how amazing it was to become a mother. "It’s a whole new world, honestly. It’s so true all the cliché sayings — when you have kids, everything changes in your world; just flips upside down." n
And the happiness seems to be only doubling with her second pregnancy.
Gabby Barrett Expecting Second Son with Husband
On May 8, 2022, Barrett took to Instagram to announce her second pregnancy, revealing she was expecting a son with her husband.
She posted a sonogram video of her child on Mother's Day and wrote, "My son. Another LIFE we get to love and cherish."
Following the pregnancy announcement, she shared how hard it was to find a boy's name in an interview with K991fm.
“This one’s [been] a bit harder, I don’t know. For some reason, boy names have been much harder for me to come up with than girl names," she told the host.
She then noted that everyone would probably have to wait until she and her partner decide on the name. "You’ll know eventually,” she added humorosuly, ending the topic.
Barrett Reveals It Was Not Love At First Sight With Husband Cade Foehner
Barrett and Fohner have had a flourishing career since their American Idol days, but success was not the only thing they found while they competed. Although Barrett admits that it was not love at first sight, the pair slowly fell in love as they got to know each other through filming.
Although Foehner was the first to leave the show after being eliminated in the Top 5, their romance did not end. They soon fell in love, and Foehner revealed that it was not just her humility but also her beliefs in God that he found captivating about his wife.
Their American Idol story came full circle when Foehner got on bended knees in the hotel where they stayed as contestants on the reality show.
The American Idol sweethearts wasted no time and tied the knot on October 5, 2019.