William Wendell Gilman III (born May
24, 1988), known professionally as Billy Gilman, is an American country
music singer. At the age of nine, Gilman was discovered by Ray Benson of
Asleep at the
Wheel, who helped him record demos.
Starting as a young country artist,
he is known for his debut single "One Voice", a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot
100 and a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2000. He has
released five albums, including three for Epic Nashville.
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Billy Gilman showed an early
interest in singing and performing. He began singing in local talent shows and
events at the age of seven.
His talent was recognized by record producer David Malloy, who helped him secure
a record deal with Epic Records when he was just 11 years old.
In 2000, at the age of 11, Gilman
released his debut album, "One Voice". The album's title track, "One
Voice," became a major hit and made him one of the youngest country music stars
The album was certified double platinum and included other successful songs like
"Oklahoma" and "There's a Hero."
Following the success of "One
Voice," Billy Gilman released several more albums, including "Classic Christmas"
and "Dare to Dream."
He continued to tour and perform, building a dedicated fan base.
In 2014, Billy Gilman publicly
came out as gay, making him one of the few openly gay artists in the country
music industry at the time.
He received support from many fans and fellow artists and continued to pursue
his music career with authenticity.
In 2016, Billy Gilman
auditioned for season 11 of the US edition of The Voice (Season 11)
and competed as part of Team
Adam Levine, finishing as
runner-up for the season.
His strong performances on the show,
including renditions of songs like "When We Were Young" and "My Way," helped
revive his career and introduced him to a new generation of fans.
Billy Gilman made it to the
finals of "The Voice" and finished as the runner-up.
His discography includes six studio
albums, two compilation album, 36 singles, and twelve music videos, as well as
other charted songs and non-album releases.
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