Billy Gilman made his big return to country on the Nov. 28 episode, singing Martina McBride’s ‘Anyway,’ leaving everyone with goosebumps. However, after the show he told us that it actually wasn’t his idea to leave pop to head back to country — but someone gave him the advice that led him there!
“I was actually afraid of it to be honest with you,” Billy told HollywoodLife.com after his performance on Tuesday, revealing that it was actually his judge Adam Levine who helped him make the move back, telling him, “You never know if you are going to have that next moment, so I think you should thank were you came from!”
After that, the 28-year-old singer took a night to think about what he had said. “He was right, and I really enjoyed singing that song. I had to twist it up a little bit, put a little more strings and make it a little more me,” he said, adding that no, he didn’t even think about doing it for the votes.
Well, we have a feeling it worked. Everyone loved the performance, including Martina McBride herself, who tweeted at him after the show. “Just saw u do Anyway on @NBCTheVoice and it BLEW ME AWAY. And that clip of u onstage w/me..remember that like it was yesterday,” she wrote. He responded with, “Thank you for always inspiring me Martina. You’ll never know how much this means!”
Billy also told us that when it comes to performing a certain song, he really thinks it’s important to find one he can really relate to, because if he doesn’t, America won’t either. “It is going to sound like I am just singing a song, there has got to be truth to it,” he said. “I am not a good faker! People can sniff that out quick! America is led to believe what is good but they can sniff out what is not or what is not truthful.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think Billy should sing more country? Do you think he’ll win?