American Idol’s Gabby Barrett Releases A New Version Of ‘I Hope’ With Charlie Puth
American Idol finalist Gabby Barrett just released a new version of her hit song “I Hope,” featuring pop star Charlie Puth. The artists also chatted about the collaboration on Amazon Live on Friday.
Listen to the new version of “I Hope” below, and read on to find out more about why Charlie wanted to collaborate with Gabby on the song.
Gabby Barrett Releases ‘I Hope’ With Charlie Puth
Gabby Barrett released “I Hope” independently after appearing on American Idol in 2018. The next year, she signed with Warner Nashville, and released the track as her debut single.
In the song, co-written with Zachary Kale and Jon Nite, Gabby sings about hoping her ex-boyfriend falls in love with someone, only to have her cheat on him like he cheated on her. The song reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and No. 2 on the Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts.
On the new version, Charlie Puth sings the second verse (changing the pronouns from she to he) and then backs Gabby up on the rest of the song. It’s an impressive collaboration for Gabby, as Charlie is a Grammy-nominated artist.
Why Did Charlie Puth Want To Be Featured On ‘I Hope’?
Gabby and Charlie spoke about their collaboration in a video for Amazon Live on Friday. Charlie said he listens to a lot of genres other than pop, including country. When he heard “I Hope,” he was impressed by the R&B elements Gabby included in the song.
“I remember hitting up everybody at my label being like, ‘I know I’m not a country artist, but I just want to sing on this song. Can you make that happen?'” Charlie recalled. “And I’m very happy that it’s happened.”
He said he sent Gabby a DM sharing his excitement about the song, and that it’s “exciting” for him to be played on country radio now. He said he had to really “try” to hit some of the notes Gabby hits on the original.
Charlie also shared how he approached changing up the song for his version. “What if the same thing was happening to the guy, but they weren’t telling each other?” Charlie wondered about the song’s characters. “It doesn’t just happen to a girl. It can also happen to a guy as well. Love is love, hurt is hurt.”