Gabby Barrett Sang Maren Morris for her Top 24 Solo “American Idol” Performance and Earned a ‘That’s My Girl!’ From Luke Bryan


American Idol” contestant Gabby Barrett might forever be known as the girl who really loves Carrie Underwood, but she’s continuing to make a name for herself— and country music— in the competition.

During the Top 24 Solo Performances, Gabby sang Maren Morris’ hit song “My Church,” and it was pretty incredible. While she stayed true to Maren’s version of the song, she gave it a special twist and twang of her own. When her performance was over, Luke Bryan looked at Katy Perry and said, “That’s my girl!,” which is maybe the biggest compliment a gal could get, right?

“I’m happy because we’re looking for people who have the shine and sparkle and it factor,” Luke Bryan told Gabby during the feedback segment. “You have the shine, you have the sparkle, and you have the ability to save that big ol’ note– now you have to be smart about it and not overdo it.”

Maren Morris responded to the performance on Twitter, saying “Hey Gabby Barrett…you just took me to church, woman! Made me want some hair to flip.”

Amen to that.

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Check out Gabby’s performance below.


Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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