It seems in music you have an easier time as a girl if you start out as a youngster than you do as a boy for one reason...puberty. Yep, puberty. Girl voices will change but not like a boy's which could possibly be a career killer if you're known for your angelic voice as a young boy.
I do actually have a reason for bringing up puberty, really I do. I was surfing around the Internet this afternoon waiting for my curling iron to heat up when I came across the name Billy Gilman. Wow, hadn't heard that name for a while. Well that got my mind to wandering because I'm blond and my mind wanders easily and I went on a quest to see if Little Billy Gilman was still around. Lo and behold he is still around and apparently he's survived puberty. Good for him. LeAnn Rimes and Tanya Tucker shouldn't be the only country singers to get the honor of surviving from little kid country stardom to adult status.
So anyway, in case you don't remember Billy he was the little preteen boy with the angelic voice who sang One Voice. It was so sweet and he was a big deal for the little while that his song played on the radio. It even went to #1 in 2000 I think it was and he had recorded a song with Charlotte Church also. Then, as so often happens, he just sort of disappeared and I forgot all about him. Well that is until this morning when my mind got to wandering. Here's the video for One Voice when he was on the "Today Show."
Well I'm happy to report that Billy hasn't gone away totally and he even has a new CD out called Billy Gilman (OMG, I just typed Billy Graham there, thank goodness I caught myself before I hit publish, what a dork I am). He's 20 now and all grown up so he sounds a whole lot different than he did when he was first heard around country music at the age of 12. Let me say, he's a cutie in a totally little brother sort of way.
So there you go, Billy Gilman is still around and doing stuff. I'm glad to see he survived teenage-hood and is still singing. Here are some places you can check Billy out (and listen to some of his new music).