Gabby Barrett is Billboard’s 2022 Rising Star recipient, and she sat down to talk to Billboard about her career and how she signed to record label Warner Music Nashville.

Gabby said of her musical and life dreams, “Wherever the Lord leads it, I’m just here for the ride. I would love to eventually sell out Madison Square Garden one day. That’s definitely a bucket list goal.”

She added, “But my role first and foremost is being a good mother to my daughter and raising her correctly, and to love the Lord. I think everything just follows the way that it’s supposed to be.”

Warner Music Nashville chairman/CEO John Esposito wanted to sign her so badly after her stint on American Idol that he had former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher call her father, who is a huge Steelers fan. And yeah, that helped her pick the Nashville record label for her home.

Barrett offered, “My dad was a big part of the journey coming up for me. When Coach Cowher gave him a call, he called me freaking out. He was like, ‘Do you know who just called my phone? Coach Cowher! He’s iconic.’ So he was all for my signing with the label after that.”

Gabby Barrett