Billy Gilman Shows Off His Range With Queen Cover on ‘The Voice’ [WATCH]
Billy Gilman tackled a Queen classic and showed off his vocal range on Monday night's (Nov. 14) episode of The Voice, earning praise from his coach, Adam Levine, the audience and guest adviser Garth Brooks in the process.
Readers can press play on the video above to watch Gilman's performance of Queen's "The Show Must Go On," from the band's final album, 1991's Innuendo. Prior to his performance, Gilman shared, "This song really captures the history that I've had, the struggles ... This song was my defense mechanism."
As Gilman finished his performance, both the The Voice studio audience and the show's coaches were on their feet.
"Wow. Wow," Levine told Gilman when asked for his thoughts. "I just think that when you hear something like this happen on this stage ... and I just feel like, what could possibly epitomize the show more than someone that sings the way you do? ... You are truly special, and man, I just think that this is just the very, very beginning for you."
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.
Gilman first landed on Team Adam during The Voice‘s blind auditions; he performed Adele‘s “When We Were Young” and got all four judges to turn their chairs for him. Fans who would like to see Gilman advance to the Top 11 of the TV singing competition can vote for him on the show's official website and download his version of "The Show Must Go On" on iTunes prior to eliminations on Tuesday night (Nov. 15).
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