Billy Gilman Covers Adele, Joins Team Adam in ‘The Voice’ Auditions [WATCH]
Gilman's cover of Adele's "When We Were Young" impressed all four of the TV singing competition's Season 11 judges. Adam Levine was the first to turn his chair around, with Miley Cyrus following shortly thereafter and Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys turning around at the very end. And once Gilman introduced himself to the coaches, they started to recognize him from his childhood career.
"I know Billy," Shelton said, sharing that Gilman's hit "One Voice" came out during the time when Shelton was making his debut album. "You always wonder whatever happened to somebody, you know? Now you've found your sound and where you belong musically."
Cyrus, meanwhile, recalled one of Gilman's music videos -- and Gilman shared that he opened up for her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. She pleaded with Gilman, "Let me take care of you!" noting that she's familiar with having to reinvent yourself and, therefore, would be the perfect coach ... but Levine was keen on getting Gilman for himself, too, and put up a strong fight against Cyrus.
Gilman skyrocketed to stardom following the release of “One Voice,” his debut single, in 2000; he was 11 years old at the time, making him the youngest country artist to ever earn a Top 40 hit. Gilman’s album of the same name earned double-platinum status, but his following singles and albums did not achieve the same level of success. In November of 2014, Gilman revealed that he is gay — and called out the country music industry to support LGBTQ artists.
"I've never been so nervous in my life," Gilman admitted as he prepared to pick his coach -- but, in the end, he settled on Levine.
Fans will get to see Gilman's progress when The Voice airs weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC at 8PM ET.
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