Out vocalist Billy Gilman tops the iTunes charts and soars with 'I Surrender'

 

After another stellar performance last night on NBC’s The Voice, out singer Billy Gilman's soul stirring rendition of I Surrender  has reached the #1 position on the US iTunes sales chart.  And at the close of voting, Billy is also leading other competitors on the show’s exciting semifinal round.

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As pressure mounted on him to deliver after last week’s dynamic rendition of Martina McBride’s Anyway, Gilman stepped out in a jet black suit standing on a fog-shrouded stage ready to deliver a song known for its range and depth of emotion.  Not only did Billy not disappoint, he blew the roof off the place and left the crowd on its feet with the show-closing cover of Céline Dion’s 2002 hit.  Moved and exhilarated at his performance, Coach Adam Levine said "he's one of the most humble and hard-working guys I know, vote for him right now."

 

Billy Gilman \"One Voice\"The former country music star, who as a child previously opened for judge Miley Cyrus' father on tour, Gilman became the youngest singer to have a Top 40 hit on the country music charts at the age of 11 with his debut single One Voice in 2000, and his debut album of the same name went on to be certified double platinum. He publicly came out in 2014 after being inspired by country singer Ty Herndon's coming out.  In the video, Billy says that “now that I have finally found my place as a person, that only makes the music that much better.”  Gilman and Herndon both performed at the first ever Concert for Love and Acceptance last year in Nashville, presented by GLAAD and Herndon.

Cyrus, who came out as pansexual last year, told Gilman after his Blind Audition, "I'd love to help you now become the new Billy. Because I had to make that decision and I know how I want people to see me and I am very clear about that. So, I would love to help you be clear to people about who you are."  Alicia Keys continued:

"What you really accomplished, which is the greatest success to me, is the ability to stand here and be your best you and it is very inspiring."

With the voting closed, the Top 8 will face a moment of reckoning. Three of them will advance to the finals purely on the strength of their public vote, while another two will be eliminated on the spot from contention.  Those three singers who went into this round in the middle of the pack will sing for the last Twitter Instant Save of the season in order to remain competitive.

The Voice airs again tonight at 8 pm ET on NBC with the announcement of the four finalists and a special performance by Blake Shelton.