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William Wendell "Billy" Gilman III (born May 24, 1988) is an American country music artist. In 2000, at the age of 11, he debuted with the single "One Voice," a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country music charts and became the youngest singer to a Top 40 hit on the country music charts. An album of the same name was released later that year on Epic Records, and was certified Double Platinum in the United States. Following it was a Christmas album Classic Christmas and Dare to Dream, both of which were certified gold. He exited Epic's roster and signed to Image Entertainment in 2005 releasing Everything and More. In 2006, he released the self-titled Billy Gilman.
Gilman was born on May 24, 1988, in Westerly, Rhode Island, he was raised in the village of Hope Valley, Rhode Island, in the town of Hopkinton. Gilman began singing before he was in school, and gave his first public performance at age 7. At the age of 9, Gilman was discovered by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, who helped him record demos. Gilman was then signed to Epic Records Nashville in 2000.
Gilman lives in Hope Valley, Rhode Island with his parents Bill and Fran Gilman and his younger brother, Colin. He is also a celebrity ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
In a video posted on November 20, 2014, Gilman came out as gay and stated that he had been with his current boyfriend for five months. Gilman said he was "scared to death" of the announcement and the implications it could have on his career. “It’s difficult for me to make this video, not because I'm ashamed of being a gay male artist, or a gay artist or a gay person, but it’s pretty silly to know that I'm ashamed of doing this knowing that I'm in a genre and an industry that’s ashamed of me for being me.
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According to our records Billy Gilman is currently single.
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