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Billy Gilman: Whatever Happened to the Early Aughts Child Star?

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Wide Open Country
Wide Open Country
 2021-05-11
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Country music fans lived out one of those "feel old yet?" memes on May 24, 2018. That was the 30th birthday of early aughts child star turned The Voice runner-up Billy Gilman. Born William Wendell Gilman III on May 24, 1988 in Rhode Island, the future country star began singing in public at age 7. Within two years, Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson discovered Gilman and helped him record the demos that ultimately landed a record deal. By 2000, Epic Records Nashville had its own child prodigy, with debut single "One Voice" becoming the highest-charting country song by any 11 year old.

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