Billy Gilman Biography

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Quick Facts
Full Name: William Wendell Gilman
Profession: Singer
Date of Birth: May 24 1988
Family: Mom(Fran), Dad(Bill) & Brother(Colin)

Main Biography

Billy Gilman first earned a name for himself singing on the Asleep at the Wheel segment of the 2000 George Strait tour. But he burst onto the national music scene a few weeks later with his show-stopping performance at the 2000 Academy of Country Music Awards show, where he earned a standing ovation. "It was a life-altering experience," the then 11-year-old told music legend Dick Clark backstage.

When his debut single "One Voice" entered the Billboard chart, the tiny powerhouse edged out Brenda Lee to become the youngest person ever to have a song on the magazine's Country Singles Chart.

A combination of intimidating talent and genuine boyish charm, Gilman is a show-business natural. "At school, for show-and-tell," he recalls, "the other kids would bring in comic book stuff or science projects. I'd always sing."

Born William Wendell Gilman on May 24, 1988, in Westerly, R.I., he was raised outside Providence in the tree-lined neighborhoods of Hope Valley. And he grew up listening to pure country. "Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Eddy Arnold, all the classics," he says, alluding to the records his grandparents played. It was the emotional singing style of country's classic performers, he says, that hooked him.

His mother and father, while delighted with their son's gift and supportive of his efforts from the start, were not stage-struck parents hovering in the wings and egging him on. Through a series of introductions, Ray Benson, of the legendary Asleep at the Wheel, became one of Gilman's guiding lights. Benson recorded a demo with Gilman in Austin, Texas, and then introduced him to the Nashville scene. Benson also featured him in some of his shows.

As testimony to Gilman’s appeal, One Voice was certified platinum (for selling a million copies) in September 2000, less than three months after its release. Gilman released a second album, Classic Christmas, in October 2000 and saw it certified gold (for sales of 500,000) before the year was out. In May 2001, less than three weeks before his thirteenth birthday, Gilman’s record company issued his third album, Dare to Dream.

Music Through Heartsongs, a collaboration with young poet Mattie J. T. Stepanek, was issued in 2003. Gilman, whose voice had changed by this point, and Sony Music parted ways shortly thereafter.

Thanks to Kristen Jo for submitting the biography.

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please cosider writeing me | Reviewer: tiffany | 3/1/13

Hi this is alittle weared to me i dont do this but like i sead my name is tiffany n i live in a little town called fulton ny im 22 my birthday is im may as well but anyways iv always lissioned to ur music ever scence i was little id have to say my 2 fave songs r ONE VOICE AND OKLAHOMA verry tutching to me i just wanted to say on regards to every one im verry proud and amazed how young you are and how young you started singing well it would be a great oner if you could write me i tryed finding a place were i could write you but nothing yet well congrates to u and you family and agen thank u keep up the amazing wourk you fan tiffany l coant from fulton ny........

Big Fan | Reviewer: Derek Yawn | 12/13/12

Dear:Billy I am big fan of you because i like the song there's a hero I LOVE THAT SONG. SO IF YOU CAN GIVE ME A CALL
On my cell phone that would be great. My phone number is (912)5473456

Favorite Childhood Country Artist | Reviewer: Amber Summers | 9/24/11

I grew up listening to your music when I was a child. You're only a few years older than me, so I aspired to be like you. It was because of you that I perused my singing as well, unfortunately, however, I didn't get as far as you. You're still my idol and I wish you'd come back to the radio! You're awesome!

Little Kids.<3 | Reviewer: Kendra and Traci | 12/28/10

As little kids me and Traci used to listen to Billy ALL THE TIME.! Me and Her had dreams and everything,can you say we had a little crush.?
When we were little we had every CD that he made. <3
It sorta sucks that he hit Puberty though......):

hotspotarizona | Reviewer: MNFina | 10/26/10

Think your music is very good. Love the type of music you sing. When used to be on the road all the timeplayed all the cd's you have out. loved your voice as a chid, love it even more in your more recent albums. May you always be successful and when you have your own family may they not only love you but always respect and honor you.

Billy You're Amazing!! | Reviewer: Brittney G | 10/20/10

Hello Billy, I have one wish that should come true which is to meet you or just see you in concert. But you should come here to Albuquerque, NM!! I have been a fan since your first cd ever. Boy you're amazing! Love ya!

hi from philippines | Reviewer: richard f moreno jr | 5/4/10

hi billy you know i want to see you i know its complicated but i have a hope to see you because your my idol because of your voice i wanna spend a week months to you but its so impossibe you always take care love yah.... please call me 853-91-05

hey... | Reviewer: brook | 4/19/10

Hey Billy Gilman. This is Brook. I have been listening to your music ever since I was 5. I love your music! You are so awesome. You are my idol. I'm a good singer and I hope that someday I'm going to have that as a career. I love your song "She's my Girl". It's my favorite.


shades of life | Reviewer: dora | 1/20/10

billy is by far one of the most talented singers i have ever heard. i have always wanted to pursue a life in music because singing has always been one of my hobbies, but the day i heard billy, i envied his beauty and his grace. he has so much control over his range and could outsing anyone. good luck to u billy, u r trully amazing.

Out of this world voice!!!!! Blows everyone out of the water!! | Reviewer: Jeanine | 12/24/09

Dear Billy,

It's Christmas Eve and I heard you sing my most favorite carol "Oh Holy Night" by you this morning.
I cannot stop playing the carol because the voice is so incredibly beautiful. I've never heard a child sing like that; purely angelic!! I would love to hear you sing "Amazing Grace". Have you yet done that?

Merry Christmas to you!!! And God Bless your musical talent!!

your the best | Reviewer: kourtney | 12/15/09

hey billy

you have a amazing voice ive loved you since i was little i have all your cds there amazing I can't wait for another cd and your doing a great thing with the MDA congratulations on gettin the MDA Award love ya
love kourtney

Love you!!!!! | Reviewer: Christina Burss | 11/10/09

i am Christina Burss, 19 years old. i have been listening to your songs since i was a little girl. i love your music it's the best!! your voice is so amazing, i have never heard any voice as amazing as yours i listen to my favorite song of yours she's my girl!! best song ever!!! :)
Christina Burss!!!

um,,,hi? | Reviewer: Catherine | 6/25/09

I was born into country too. And one of the people I remember best from my childhood was always Billy Gilman. He's always been an inspiration for me and I wish I could get to know him better. his songs have always been so beautiful and they haven't ever gone away from that, even with the slight voice change, he's still the old Billy Gilman I remember since I was six years old. Billy if you ever read this just no you're awsome! :)

biggest fan | Reviewer: tab | 5/4/09

u r so cute and hot and i love ur voice all ur songs have a great meaning or lesson to all of them n u r a great rollmodel i love u should performe in baltimore next i would love to see u live and i can't ait ontil may 24 to celabrate ur b day well really by just listening to all your music well i do that all the time i love u

seductive | Reviewer: avon veloria | 1/16/09

hi billy, im avon 18 yrs.old from the philippines. i just want to let u know that i am dying to see you and sleep with one night. do you have a friendster. can i have it. just call me +639099792849 i want to touch ur body.

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