Born William Wendell Gilman on May 24, 1988, in Westerly, R.I., he was raised outside Providence in the tree-lined neighborhoods of Hope Valley. And he grew up listening to pure country. "Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Eddy Arnold, all the classics," he says, alluding to the records his grandparents played. It was the emotional singing style of country's classic performers, he says, that hooked him.
Billy Gilman first earned a name for himself singing on the Asleep at the Wheel segment of the 2000 George Strait tour. But he burst onto the national music scene a few weeks later with his show-stopping performance at the 2000 Academy of Country
Music Awards show, where he earned a standing ovation. "It was a life-altering experience," the then 11-year-old told music legend Dick Clark backstage.
When his debut single "One Voice" entered the Billboard chart, the tiny powerhouse edged out Brenda Lee to become the youngest person ever to have a song on the magazine's Country Singles Chart.
Billy GilmanEdmund Kayyuen Lo Edmund Kayyuen Lo's Christmas songs which he performed back in 1980.
The voice resembles very much of young Billy Gilman.
I even dare to suspect that what one can hear on Edmund Kayyuen Lo's CD of Christmas songs are selected tracks from Billy Gilman's album "Classic Christmas" which was released by Epic Records in 2000.
A direct comparison of the songs (the audio material) leaves no doubt to me.
THESE TRACKS ARE STOLEN FROM BILLY GILMAN's CD CLASSIC CHRISTMAS. ALL ANALYTICS SHOW THE SAME RESULT WITH THE SONGS FROM CLASSIC CHRISTMAS, NO VOICE PITCHING, NO OTHER EDITING, SIMPLY TAKEN FROM BILLY'S CD.