At only 28, Billy Gilman has made it to the finals of The Voice and is one step away from winning the competition. But before appearing on the NBC show, he was a Grammy nominated child artist with multiple albums to his credit, including a holiday album!
Billy Gilman fans must be ecstatic since the Team Adam star made it to the finals of The Voice. He won hearts with his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” during the final live performances last night (December 12) and even sang a duet with his coach, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. This Christmas season, get into the warm festive mood with Billy Gilman’s Christmas album, Classic Christmas.
Gilman debuted on the professional country music scene at the mere age of 12. He’s most famous for his debut single “One Voice,” which coaches Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus recognized during his first appearance on The Voice season 11. At the 2001 Grammy Awards, the song was nominated for the Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. Gilman has released six albums and multiple singles during his career. Among them was the holiday album, Classic Christmas that ranked on the Billboard charts. Listen to Billy Gilman as a child singing his holiday album below.
This Christmas song that was made popular by Bing Crosby was sung by multiple artists over the years, including Billy Gillman in his holiday album.
“Warm and Fuzzy”
This song was released as a single and ranked #50 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
We are familiar with this iconic carol from the 1930s. Different renditions of this song have been recorded over and over again by over 200 artists, including Gilman.
“The Christmas Song”
This song became a hit on the R&B charts, and was sung by the likes of numerous artists, including Celine Dion, Etta James, Jackson 5, New Kids on the Block. Most recently, Idina Menzel put her spin on the song!
“There’s a New Kid in Town”
This song will throw you back to the early 2000s with its country-pop smooth melody. Though not a Christmas song most will recognize, this song is classically performed by country artists, and Gilman was no exception!
“Jingle Bell Rock”
A Christmas album isn’t complete without this upbeat, foot-tapping number! If your children love the Alvin and the Chipmunks version of this popular carol, they’ll love how the young Gilman belts out the high notes in this song!
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
Brenda Lee’s popular rock ‘n’ roll holiday song of the 1950s has had multiple makeovers over the years, including this country version by Gilman.
“Angels We Have Heard on High”
You can truly hear Gilman’s talent even as a child from the very start of this traditional Christmas song. The song has an acoustic beginning which transitions to Gilman singing along with a background choir.
Gilman’s recording company, Epic Records, rushed to release a Christmas album from Gilman. Their aim was to put a new touch on classics like “Silent Night” rather than make him sing staple children’s carols like “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
“Away in a Manger”
We’ve heard this carol time and again and it never gets old. Listen to 12-year-old Gilman sing this Christmas carol without any supporting vocals and you’re sure to fall in love with his voice.
Gilman collaborated with fellow child musician, Charlotte Church to sing “Sleigh Ride” as a duet. The two youngsters sing this short, upbeat song like seasoned artists.
“O Holy Night”
Gilman sings this classic with a choir in the background and there’s an instrumental bit that will make you sway with the tune. At first listen, it’s hard to believe that this is sung by a 12-year-old.