Gabby Barrett’s ‘Chapter & Verse’ Album Out Now
Today (2/2) marks the sought-after release of Chapter & Verse – the boldly ambitious and beautifully realized album from Warner Music Nashville’s MULTI-PLATINUM star Gabby Barrett. A major leap forward for the 23-year-old singer-songwriter, Barrett’s sophomore LP arrives as an autobiographical tour-de-force that more than fulfills the immense promise of her PLATINUM-certified, history-making, hit-stacked debut Goldmine.
In an extraordinary evolution of Goldmine – a 2020 release that came to life during lockdown and delivered smash singles like the 7X PLATINUM #1 “I Hope” – Barrett stepped into the studio for the very first time in the making of Chapter & Verse and co-produced the full album alongside GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Ross Copperman.
As she claimed a whole new level of creative control, Barrett co-wrote nine of the 14 songs, and ultimately dreamed up a high-concept yet emotionally candid body of work, brightening every moment with her soul-stirring vocal. With its title nodding to the chapters and verses within each book of the Bible, the result is a deeply moving and exquisitely detailed portrait of her experience as a wife, mother, and woman of faith.
Mainly recorded at Nashville’s iconic Blackbird Studio, Chapter & Verse took shape with a stellar lineup of musicians who helped craft the album’s lush and timeless sound – an element informed by Barrett’s decision to fully lean into her Country roots.
In addition to co-writing with luminaries like the iconic Miranda Lambert, Barrett teamed up with Country superstar Luke Combs on “Dance Like No One’s Watching” (a track she teased to overwhelming response in an Instagram post last year). Laced with tender pedal steel tones, the nostalgia-tinged stunner speaks to the enduring sustenance of a father’s love and the indelible wisdom passed from parent-to-child (from the chorus: “And he said dance like no one’s watching / Whatever you do / And if life gives you love, fall in / But always be you”).
After co-writing “Dance Like No One’s Watching” with Emily Weisband and James McNair, Combs handed the song off to Barrett and lent his unforgettably warm background vocals to the track. “I grew up being a daddy’s girl, and now I get to watch my husband and daughter have that father-daughter bond,” says Barrett. “That’s just irreplaceable.” Listen to “Dance Like No One’s Watching”
Showing her incredible range as a songwriter and vocalist, Chapter & Verse encompasses everything from feel-good anthems to tearful piano ballads, and full-hearted love songs exploring the more nuanced and complex dimensions of long-lasting romance.
Along with the previously released songs “Cowboy Back,” “Growin’ Up Raising You,” and “You’re My Texas,” the album includes Barrett’s current single “Glory Days” – a heart-thumping ode to living in the moment and appreciating the lovely simplicity of everyday life. Now Top 20-and-climbing at Country radio, “Glory Days” marked her second time in the coveted most-added position with 77 first-week stations (the most first-week adds for a female artist in the genre in 14 months).
That triumph is proving to be par for the course for Barrett, whose record-breaking achievements with Goldmine included earning the most first-week debut album streams of any Country act in history.
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Opening on “The Chapter” (a soaring and soulful anthem that muses on the ups-and-downs of early adulthood), Chapter & Verse closes out with “The Verse: Doxology (Amen)” (a breathtaking a cappella rendition of one of Barrett’s most cherished hymns, featuring singer-songwriter Phil Wickham). All throughout Chapter & Verse, Barrett infuses her songs with equal parts honesty, grace, and warmhearted perspective — and, in turn, fully affirms her status as one of the most formidable young talents in Country music today.
Further celebrating Chapter & Verse with fans, guests are invited to take a backstage look into Barrett’s meteoric career and life on the road with Gabby Barrett: The Chapter & Verse Experience. Opening yesterday (2/1) and housed at Nashville’s Fifth + Broadway (located on Level 1 between the entrance of Assembly Food Hall and Hattie B’s) plus a tour bus parked on-site, guests can step inside her world and the journey to making Chapter & Verse through wardrobe and memorabilia.
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT today (2/2), the immersive event will also include an album listening party at 3-4 p.m. CT.The tour bus will relocate to the Plaza at the Grand Ole Opry House and reopen from 5-10 p.m. CT. Gabby Barrett: The Chapter & Verse Experience is free and open to the public.