ShareThis Page
Music

Gabby Barrett 'honored' to sing at national tree-lighting event, meet Trump

| Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, 11:03 a.m.
Munhall native Gabby Barrett sang “The First Noel” at the 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 28 in Washington, D.C., then met briefly with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
Getty Images
Munhall native Gabby Barrett sang “The First Noel” at the 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 28 in Washington, D.C., then met briefly with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
Singer Gabby Barrett’s father, Blase Barrett, snapped a photo of his daughter taking a selfie at the 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 28 in Washington, D.C., where the “American Idol” veteran and Munhall native sang “The First Noel.”
Singer Gabby Barrett’s father, Blase Barrett, snapped a photo of his daughter taking a selfie at the 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 28 in Washington, D.C., where the “American Idol” veteran and Munhall native sang “The First Noel.”

When Pittsburgh’s own Gabby Barrett received an email invitation from the White House, she thought it was a hoax.

“They emailed Gabby and at first we thought it was fake,” says Blase Barrett, Gabby’s dad.

It wasn’t.

Gabby visited the White House with her dad for the first time, as a guest performer during The 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 28.

She performed a Christmas classic, “The First Noel,” in “very cold” weather, she says— meeting briefly with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

She says she was “honored” to perform for the president.

“This was an amazing opportunity to represent America and the Lord,” Barrett texted today from Georgia, where she is currently on tour.

“We met all different types of people there. There was so much love it blew me away,” Barrett said.

Blase Barrett says the president extended a personal compliment.

“He told me I did a good job as a father,” Blase said.

Prior to the tree-lighting, a black limousine picked up Gabby, whisking her away to hair and make-up stylists provided by the White House. She donned a white coat and patriotic red.

Cameras and cell phones were not allowed inside the White House, which Gabby described as “absolutely beautiful.”

Dad says Gabby was very nervous performing.

“Normally Gabby isn’t nervous but this was the leader of the free world,” Blase says.

Busier than ever

The “American Idol” finalist is busier than ever.

Gabby, 18, is currently on a nationwide “Laps Around The Sun Tour” with Chris Lane.

“Sometimes coming in third is better than first,” Blase says. “She is writing new music with Nashville’s biggest writers — Carrie Underwood songwriters and Grammy-nominated songwriters. She is releasing a new single in January.”

For Blase, the White House performance was memorable for an admittedly proud dad.

“I had tears flowing,” Blase said.

The 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting will be broadcast at 10 p.m. Dec. 2 on REELZ and Ovation. Check listings for other air times.

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me