Updating the epic hit without losing any of its timeless appeal, the country newcomer pours her whole heart into the song — all about a connection that transcends romance. Barrett’s been singing Parton’s songs since she was 11 years old, she says, and recorded “I Will Always Love You” at home with the help of producer Ross Copperman and guitar licks from her husband (and fellow American Idol alum) Cade Foehner.
“I feel so much joy today releasing ‘I Will Always Love You,’ one of my favorite songs of all time and one of the greatest songs ever written, as an Amazon Original,” she says. “The thing about this song and about all of Dolly’s catalog is that her music is timeless; it comes straight from her heart. You can tell that she’s being honest and sincere in every lyric she writes. Every story is genuine to her life. Something I strive for, that she has set such a perfect example of in Country music. I am honored to have covered this song, and I hope you all love it as much as I do.”
With the high-profile cover, Barrett continues to make a splashy entrance in the country scene — and she’s got a powerful believer in Parton.
“I know that Gabby will have a long and prosperous career ahead of her,” the legend says. “She has what it takes to make it in our industry. … Talent, she’s hard working, humble and kind.”
That prediction is well on its way to becoming true. Barrett broke out in 2019 with a monster double-Platinum hit on debut single, “I Hope,” and was just nominated for two CMA Awards — Single of the Year (for “I Hope”) and New Artist of the Year. Fans can find “I Will Always Love You (Amazon Original)” on the streaming platform’s Country Heat playlist.