Billy Gilman – My Story
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[Billy Gilman – My Story]
[William Wendell “Billy” Gilman III (born May 24, 1988):] Source: LYBIO.net
Everybody, it’s Billy. Uh…how should I say this? It’s taken me um…a good many weeks to figure out how I was to approach this video that you’re watching right now um… But today, actually, a fellow country artist and friend made it easier for me to make this video. Um…and I wanted my fans, who have stuck by me for many, many years to um… to know.
You know, I took a long time to grow in country music and I took a while to grow up, and recently released some new music. And we filmed the video for the single ‘Say You Will’ in Rhode Island and was getting ready to do an interview with a reporter, locally. And coincidentally I ran into this reporter at a local fall festival um…with my partner, someone who I am happily now sharing my – my life with. This reporter took a picture of us and it was in that moment that I knew that – you know, I’d rather it be from me, than you reading it somewhere else, and probably filled with not truth.
In recent years when I did come back to Nashville, there were rumors and whispers – you know, is he or isn’t he? And for many that know Nashville and how much I love the industry but how many know being a gay male country artist is not the best – the best thing. You know, if people don’t like your music, that’s one thing. But after having sold over 5 million records and having a wonderful life in the music industry, I knew something was wrong when no major label wanted to sit down and have a meeting and listen to the new stuff. And I’d do a showcase in Nashville and no major label showed.
And I guess coming to terms with this situation, people were stating, ‘Oh, you don’t know how many times we heard comments made.’ And so, you know, it’s – it’s difficult for me to make this video. Not because I’m ashamed of being a gay male artist, or a gay artist, or a gay person. But it’s pretty – it’s pretty silly to know that I’m ashamed of doing this knowing that because I’m in a genre, and in an industry, that is ashamed of me for being me.
That said, I want to say that all of the country artists that literally I grew up in front of, Keith Urban and Vince and LeAnn Rimes and all of these wonderful friends of mine have been nothing but supportive. Not that they knew, but they have been such wonderful people, and now recently Ty Herndon, who I’ve known and been a fan of and congratulations on such a courageous effort.
And you know, I’ve been dealing with this for – well, I’ve been with my partner now for five months. And so going back and forth on how I was to approach this, and I thought, rather than do it on some talk show, I would do it just in front of a simple camera, very personal, you know. I’ve been an advocate for so many things in my life that I thought, why not now be an advocate for me, and for the cause that I believe in with my whole heart?
So anyway the video is coming out and actually I was doing an edit this morning of it and I will let you see a little sneak peek and if you can see that.
[BILLY GILMAN – Say You Will]
Girl you’re my rhapsody
The sound of your symphony
Is a thousand violins
When life’s stray stars collide
And with our two hearts tonight
And the circle has no end
[Billy Gilman:] Source: LYBIO.net
Anyway it’s been a crazy day and I can honestly say I’m scared to death, but I thank each and every one of you for your support. You know how much I love you and just thank you for all of your support and know that I will always strive to be the best artist that I can be.
And now that I have finally found my place as a person, that only makes the music that much better.
So I thank you for your support and I know some people won’t agree with this. And that’s okay. To each his own. But I felt it was time for me to – to be honest and to be truthful. I love you all and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
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