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 and Career
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.
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 is dating his boyfriend Christopher Meyer since 2014. The pair has been supporting each other in every up and down. The same year, he openly claimed he is gay and came out in the public. The reason behind this was a reporter who was blackmailing him over his sexuality.
He 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.
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.