PA Cyber senior poised to be an “American Idol”


PA Cyber senior Gabby Barrett’s career is soaring as high as her voice, a style that best resembles country entertainer Carrie Underwood. Like Underwood, Gabby Barrett is poised for an “American Idol” career launch.

Gabby enrolled in PA Cyber in 2017 because she travels so much. Her sister and brother are also both enrolled in PA Cyber so they can travel with her.

“Everyone at PA Cyber has been super supportive,” Gabby said. “I have met some amazing people that have helped me live my dreams.”

On the April 9 edition of American Idol, Barrett made it to the Top 14 on ABC’s reboot of the popular talent show. The show has moved from the Fox network, where it originated.

On social media, Barrett has invited fans to tune in and vote. She  is performing before the season’s new judges — Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Ryan Seacrest has returned as the show’s host. Singing before large crowds is nothing new for Barrett. The talented teen — whose singing style meshes country music with R&B soul — already has a promising career, having opened concerts for Keith Urban and Toby Keith, and performed throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Barrett said she is inspired by singer Carrie Underwood, who appeared on season four of American Idol, which she won and went on to win seven Grammy Awards and achieve success in film and TV. The show also launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Adam Lambert, to name a few, and offers more exposure for the young talent. “Yes there are a lot of Singing Shows But I can honestly say I’ve never seen one like American Idol!!,” she recently Tweeted.

PA Cyber CEO, Brian Hayden, said, “I know I speak for all of our students, families, staff and teachers, when I say ‘We are in Gabby’s corner, rooting for her and wishing her the best of luck as she takes the national stage to show the rest of the world what great talent she is.'”

Barrett began the arduous screening process of earning a spot on the show last August when she reported for the first audition in Disney Springs.

This article is sponsored by PA Cyber. PA Cyber serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) and is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber’s online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.

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