It’s been nearly a year since country music newcomer, Gabby Barrett placed third in season 16 of American Idol. Last week, she debuted her first single entitled “I Hope.” Co-penned with Jon Nite and Zachary Kale, the sultry and vulnerable tune puts a cheating ex on display. In a recent press release, Barrett shared that the vindictive song says all of the things “girls really want to say when done wrong.”
“I hope you both feel the sparks by the end of the drive / I hope you know she’s the one by the end of the night / I hope you never ever felt more free, tell your friends that your so happy / I hope she comes along and wrecks every one of your plans / I hope you spend your last dime to put a rock on her hand / I hope she’s wilder than your wildest dreams, she’s everything you’re ever gonna need / And then I hope she cheats / Like you did on me”
The music video complies with the song’s message. The video starts off with Barrett falling for said cheater, showing tender moments between the couple. The story then unfolds, showing his infidelity then scenes from his new relationship. It doesn’t stop there, what Barrett “hopes” for, comes to be a reality. The story is the perfect “what goes around comes back around” tale. The comparison can be made to another American Idol alumni’s revenge song, Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”, Barrett has a similar power behind her vocal range and the sass needed to make it big in this industry.
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