Charlie Puth teams with ‘American Idol’ finalist Gabby Barrett for new version of her country hit

Charlie Puth has teamed up with Gabby Barrett, who came in third on American Idol in 2018, for a new version of her song I Hope,” which is already a huge country music hit.

The partnership came about after Charlie posted on his Instagram Story about how much he likes the song, which is about a scorned woman hoping her ex’s new girl cheats on him, just like he did on her.

While Charlie has collaborated with a huge variety of artists, this is his first venture into the country realm. In a statement, Gabby says, “When I wrote it I was writing from a woman’s perspective, and so with him being on it, it kind of shows the men’s perspective too. That both sides get cheated on and it’s not just a one-sided thing.”

Charlie adds, “I fell in love with the song when I first heard it, and to be able to reimagine it with Gabby and the writers and producers and take it to a new place, is really exciting.”

The pair will appear together on Amazon Live today at 1PM ET to discuss their cross-genre collaboration with fans.

“I Hope” is currently sitting in the number-two spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. When it broke into the Top 10 in February, it became the first debut single from a solo female artist to do so since 2017.

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