Gabby Barrett; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT
Gabby Barrett; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT

Gabby Barrett Exits Jason Aldean’s Tour, Talks Maternity Leave & Forthcoming New Album

Gabby Barrett officially wrapped her time on Jason Aldean’s Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour this past weekend.

The “Pick Me Up” singer, who opened for Aldean on the road, reflected on the experience via Instagram.

“Had such a great time opening up for @jasonaldean this summer! We have an awesome crew that deserves to be bragged on a lot,” Barrett wrote.

“They all are uniquely talented and superb at their craft, they are kind, courteous, and efficient to such a degree that if there was a problem it was fixed by the time we heard about it. Thank y’all so much for making this tour so fun!! Another one for the books!,” she continued, adding a 🤠 emoji to the caption. Barrett can be seen posing with her husband Cade Foehner and their crew in the photo.

 

“We’re going to miss y’all,” Aldean’s wife Brittany commented on the post, including a ❣️ emoji. Earlier this year, Aldean announced that Barrett would no longer be serving as support during the second half of his tour back in May. At the time, Aldean also shared that Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, and Chase Rice would take Barrett’s place as she prepares for the birth of her second child, a baby boy.

Barrett chose to end her time on Aldean’s tour in a special way. The Pennsylvania native invited her former high school teacher, Casey Stapleton to watch her perform and gifted him a platinum plaque she received for her album, GOLDMINE. Barrett said she chose to honor her former teacher because he encouraged her to pursue music.

“In my community, Mr. Stapleton was one of the only people – and teacher in my high school – who encouraged me to pursue music when I needed it most,” Barrett explained via the release.

“I was balancing school while performing in malls, grocery stores, Chick-fil-A, really anywhere I could, and he continued to uplift and inspire me to keep going. I don’t know if he had any idea how much of a positive impact he has made on my life and career. So, to be able to honor him near my hometown and have him see how I have grown as an artist while I’m now living my dreams is a moment I’ll never forget,” she said.

 

Following her exit from Aldean’s tour, Barrett is beginning her maternity leave. 

“I don’t think it would be smart for me to continue doing shows being this far along,” Barrett told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette during a recent conversation.

”Nobody wants to hear me being out of breath on stage after this weekend, but up until now, everything’s been great. It’s been pretty easy for the most part. I’m blessed to be able to say that. I haven’t had any complications or anything weird happen. It’s just been really smooth sailing,” she shared of her pregnancy.

Despite her pregnancy being smooth sailing, Barrett previously shared that performing had become difficult for her as of late due to low blood sugar, which affects her energy levels.

 

During the interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Barrett also shared that she is currently working on the follow-up project to her record-breaking debut album, GOLDMINE.

“We’ve been focusing on [my new album] a lot throughout the summer and planning for that before going on maternity leave, so as soon as I’m done touring this weekend, in September, we’re going to be doing a lot of recording,” Barrett added. “We should have a lot of the second album done by the end of next month. That’s something to look forward to.”

In addition to her son, Barrett and her husband Foehner share a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Baylah May. She and Foehner announced they were expecting a son on Mother’s Day of this year.

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