Gabby Barrett Talks Respecting Her Faith and Her Husband With Her Career Choices

Gabby Barrett said she's turned down duet offers because she thinks it would make her husband uncomfortable to watch her sing with another man on stage.

Gabby Barrett is one of country music's most outspoken Christians – and she carries her faith through all aspects of her career, including wardrobe and song selections. Barrett, who at 23 is expecting her third child with husband Cade Foehner, sat down with Shay Mooney's wife, Hannah, on her podcast Unexpected with Hannah Love, to discuss what it's like to be young Christian-minded wife and mother in country music.

For Barrett, it means considering God and her husband in every decision – and frequently saying no. She doesn't want to dress provocatively or sing love songs with anyone but Foehner.

"There's been large song opportunities that have come in for me to do or be a part of, and (that's) between myself and my husband," Barrett said. "I respect him a ton, and I listen to what he has to say, and I think he deserves that. The Bible talks about us doing that for our husbands. There have been songs that are just not appropriate to sing wording-wise… that are really intimate."

Barrett explains that a duet is seldom just the song's studio recording but often comes with joint interviews and awards show performances. She worries what that might look like on stage.

"If I'm singing with another man, is that going to make my husband uncomfortable?" she asked. "Probably. And I respect him and love him so much that I'm not going to jeopardize my marriage to do a duet with somebody. I care about this a lot more."

She hopes God will bless her attempts to honor her husband and said God laid out his expectations in the Bible for how spouses were supposed to treat each other.

Barrett said she's had countless people tell her that talking about her faith will ruin her career but that she treasures her relationship with her husband and God the most. She sees herself as a strong-willed person and said that helps her stick to her values.

"I'm thankful for that in this industry," she said. "It would be so difficult if (my faith) was just like a wavering thing all the time. But he's given me the spirit, and it's really helped me to be very firm, no matter what the push is from outside industry and outside people."

The Pittsburgh native said she didn't know what life would be like five to 10 years from now, but said she's taking "day by day" to figure out how to best use God's gifts.

"I don't know how long I'll be doing music for, but I'm just here for the ride that God's kind of taking us on and trying to be wise with what he gives," she said.

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