Billy Gilman looking to re-invent self on ‘The Voice’
Openly gay singer Billy Gilman is hoping Adam Levine can launch him back on his way to stardom.
Gilman chose Levine to be coach on NBC’s The Voice this week after all four judges expressed interest and Levine and new judge Miley Cyrus courted him aggressively.
Gilman had been a country music star as a child and teen but faded into oblivion after a double-platinum debut and two gold albums.
‘I had to come to grips with being gay,’ the 28 year old told show host Carson Daly.
‘I took a long time to rebuild vocally, but it was coming back, and then coming to grips with who I was personally, I also came to grips with who I was as a singer.’
Gilman performed Adele’s When We Were Young for his blind audition and has made clear he wants to expand beyond country music.
‘You know, I love my country music roots, but deep down, I really always wanted to be a pop singer.’
Gilman came out publicly in 2014 and believes The Voice is his ‘one shot’ to reinvent himself.
‘Being a gay male country artist is not the best things,’ he said. ‘Within the quiet moments, I found who I was as a person,’