A young country artist who became widely known from debut single One Voice, Billy Gilman is accomplished singer. He was listed in the top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2000. He also won the Favourite Country New Artist Award in 2001. He is openly gay and dating boyfriend Christopher Meyer since 2014.
Early Life of Billy Gilman
Born on 24th May 1988, Westerly, Rhode Island, Billy Gilman is the son of Frances and William Wendell Gilman. He grew up in the city of Richmond, Hope Valley, Rhode Island and completed his education there. His birth name is William Wendell Gilman III.
He began singing publicly when he was just 7 years old and went on to be 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.
Billy Gilman's Career
From childhood, he was interested in singing and gave his first public performance at the age of seven. Later, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel discovered Gilman and recorded demos.
In 2000, he signed to Epic Records Nashville. The same year, he released his debut album called One Voice which certified double platinum in the United States. Besides the title track One Voice, he has released Oklahoma and There’s a Hero.
The album listed top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He was also nominated for a Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the debut song One Voice.
He has also released a Christmas album called Classic Christmas on 8th May 2000. The following year, he released his second album Dare to Dream, both certified gold. His final album from Epic was released on 15th April 2003 entitled Music Through Heartsongs: Songs Based on the Poems of Mattie J.T. Stepanek.
Billy Gilman's Net Worth
The amazingly talented, Billy has got a bright career. He has an estimated net worth of $4 million which he earned from his career in singing.
Billy Gilman's Personal Life
Billy Gilman is openly gay. He is dating his boyfriend Christopher Meyer since May 2014. The pair has been supporting each other in every up and down. The same year, he openly claimed he is gay around November in a video he posted in public. The reason behind this was a reporter who was blackmailing him over his sexuality.
Billy released his video titled "My Story by Billy Gilman" on One Voice Productions YouTube page only hours after another country singer Ty Herndon had come out, later claiming Herndon's public acknowledgment inspired him to do the same.
Both of them posts tons 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 boyfriend.
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.”
Meanwhile, Billy was afraid of the fact that his identity may affect his singing career, but with the support of his partner, he addressed that he was gay.
The couple is still together and enjoying their love life after receiving public support and positive review towards their relationship.
On March 16, 2017, Gilman received honors in two separate ceremonies in the Rhode Island Senate and the House of Representatives for his successes and for representing Rhode Island as an artist.
Billy Gilman Affairs
First Affair with Christopher Meyer
Billy is in love affair with Christopher Meyer. The pair started dating since the year 2014. They are actively participating in their Instagram account sharing the enjoyable moment like birthday party and dinner party.