Did you miss Gabby Barrett singing ‘Stay’ with Sugarland last week on American Idol ?? That song helped push her right into the TOP 14!
Munhall teen will compete on new season of 'American Idol'
On Monday, Gabby Barrett celebrates her 18th birthday. Six days later, she will live out a childhood dream on national television when she competes to become the new "American Idol."
"Being from Pittsburgh, it's nice to have everyone in Pittsburgh rooting for a Pittsburgh girl on 'American Idol,'" Barrett said.
One of eight children in her Munhall family, Barrett's love for music started long before she attended Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport.
"When I was nine, I started in a gospel choir, so my roots were kind of R&B," she said.
Barrett is also a fan of country music, and she points to one performer who has had a significant influence on her vocal style.
"I have always loved Carrie Underwood. I always liked the country and the soulfulness in her voice, so I kind of combined both of them," she said. "It's a mix of R&B and country. I want to kind of bring a Whitney Houston into country."
Barrett's positivity and passion comes with perspective, and a purpose to inspire other aspiring artists.
"Of course, I got bullied in school. Girls would try to trip me in school. They would say really mean things. But it's your job to rise above and be the bigger person," she said. "My dad always tells me, 'The eagle flies alone.'"
Barrett hopes to soar into the finals of "American Idol" as the rebooted series makes a comeback on a new
"You've got to help your girl out," she said. "Let's make Gabby Barrett Pittsburgh's number one of Season One of 'American Idol' on ABC. Let's do it!"
Gabby gives back: 'American Idol' jumpsuit up for auction to benefit Goodwill
As Gabby Barrett represents Pittsburgh on "American Idol," she's putting her newfound fame to good use and trying to give back to her community.
As Gabby Barrett represents Pittsburgh on "American Idol," the young Munhall woman is putting her newfound fame to good use.
A jumpsuit worn during one of her performances has been donated for auction by Barrett and is now on display at the Goodwill store in West Mifflin.
Barrett's father, Blase, works for Goodwill. The organization is close to her heart, and she hopes that the small piece of "American Idol" history now up for auction will help the community.
"She's been to Goodwill and sees the work that we do, and I know she's really impressed by our mission, and I know they want Gabby's exposure from 'American Idol' to really help," Goodwill spokesman David Tobiczyk said.
Munhall's Gabby Barrett advances to top 14 on 'American Idol'
Pittsburgh's own Gabby Barrett is getting closer to her dreams of being the next "American Idol."
On Monday night, Barrett learned she was moving forward as part of the top 14 in the competition
She had a memorable moment on Monday's episode, teaming up with country music duo Sugarland to perform one of their biggest hits, "Stay."