Who remembers Billy Gilman? The singer’s about to be making headlines again. The former country star took the stage during the auditions for season 11 of ‘The Voice,’ and actually turned all four chairs of the judges! But how much do you know about the 28-year-old? Here’s everything to know.
He started singing publicly at age 7, and was discovered at 9.
Since he was a child, Billy Gilman loved to sing, but he was discovered by Ray Benson when he was super young in 1997 — three years later he was signed to Epic Records Nashville.
He was nominated for a Grammy.
His most famous song, “One Voice” dropped in May 2000, and became a Top 20 single on Billboard‘s Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart — he was the youngest singer to have a Top 40 hit on the country charts. The song is about violence going on at home, through the eyes of a young boy. He was 11 when the song came out. The song was nominated for two Grammys that year.
He’s released five albums total.
One Voice was his first album, and went 2x Platinum in the US and Gold in Canada. His follow up album, Dare to Dream came out in 2001 and went Gold in the US as well. He also released Music Through Heartsongs in 2003, then signed to Image Entertainment and dropped Everything and More in 2005 and Billy Gilman in 2006.
His cover of Michael Jackson went viral.
In September 2001, Billy performed “Ben” at the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special. It was later televised and made headlines with how incredible it was.
He has an adorable boyfriend!
Billy came out as gay in November in a video, and is now happily in a relationship with Chris Meyer; both of them post a ton of pictures together on Instagram with super lovey captions. “Took me 25 years to be this happy. I like showing it off,” he wrote on Instagram with a picture with his beau! Chris also shared a photo that Billy had framed for him, writing on his page, “Got home from work and Billy surprised me with a blown up canvas of us in Maine this summer! How cute is he?!?! Looks gorgeous in our place. #boyfriend.”
You can watch Billy’s audition on The Voice tonight!