Watch: Gabby Barrett talks 'American Idol' and inspiration for 'I Hope' at BBVA Music Sessions
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Rising country artist Gabby Barrett caught everyone’s attention when she finished in third place on “American Idol” in 2018. However, people may not know that the Pennsylvania native singer-songwriter performed 136 shows with her father in the year before her audition.

In fact, she’s been performing in front of an audience since she was 11 years old. When she was 16, she opened for Cole Swindell on tour.

Barrett took all that experience into her “Idol” audition. However, she soon realized that every opportunity is going to present a unique set of challenges. This happened during her “Idol” journey and she learned a valuable lesson.

“Even when you’re prepared for something, I think it’s good to always remember that you’re going to be challenged on something too,” Barrett said during an interview with AXS at a BBVA Music Sessions performance in Birmingham, Alabama.

After her “American Idol” run, Barrett she co-wrote her hit single “I Hope” with Jon Nite and Zachary Kale. She released it independently and performed it on “Idol” season 17 last May. The performance attracted music labels and she eventually signed with Warner Music Nashville.

Barrett followed her co-writer’s suggestion to write a breakup song about a guy that “does a girl wrong” but she wishes the guy well in the end.

She told AXS, “It’s a song for people that haven’t got to say what they wanted to in a bad relationship or however something ended.” She was ecstatic when Nite told her that the track might be the biggest song of his career. The song hit the Top 40 on the Billboard's Country Songs and Country Airplay charts and Barrett's star has continued to rise ever since.

Watch her full interview above.