Billy Gilman has released a music video for his latest single, "Say You Will." The song, which was released last year, is his first solo single since 2008.

The clip, shot mostly in black and white, shows Gilman walking on snow-covered streets and standing on stage in an empty arena while singing, "Say you will / Wade out into the water / Breathe in, breathe out with me / You'd be the words to an unwritten song / I'd be the melody / Don't let your lips be still / Say you will."

“It took me a good while to figure out exactly who I was, musically speaking,” Gilman says of the song, which he co-wrote with Philip Douglas and Dan Murph. “As a little kid, sometimes I was just told what to sing. But now, I have enjoyed coming into my own and discovering what it really is that I want to sing. I think that my fans will be pleasantly surprised with what they hear.”

Gilman, who divides his time between Nashville and his native Rhode Island, announced last year in a video that he was gay, on the same day that Ty Herndon made the same announcement.

“In recent years, when I did come back to Nashville, there were rumors, you know, is he or isn’t he? And for many that know Nashville … being a gay male country artist is not the best thing,” Gilman said at the time. “If people don’t like your music, that’s one thing … I knew something was wrong when no major label wanted to sit down and have a meeting and listen to the new stuff."

In addition to "Say You Will," the 27-year-old hopes to release more songs in the near future.

“It’s totally different than what I’ve done before, but it’s refreshing,” he tells CMChat. “I get to really be organic with everything, and that’s what it’s about ... It’s about just being out there and connecting with the song because I wrote it.”

While Gilman hints that he might share a couple of songs at a time, instead of completing an entire project at once, he says that everything he does is with his fans in mind.

“I will always strive to be the best artist that I can be," he says, "and now that I have finally found my place as a person, that only makes the music that much better."

Download "Say You Will" on iTunes and Amazon.

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