Gilman to Sing at Stepanek’s Funeral

Billy Gilman will sing at the funeral of his friend Mattie Stepanek, the 13-year-old poet who died Tuesday (June 22) from muscular dystrophy. Gilman and Stepanek collaborated on the album Music Through Heartsongs, in which Stepanek’s poetry was set to music. “When I heard about Mattie’s death, I knew we had lost a great soul, but in his short life, he has left us all a legacy with his wonderful poetry that will last forever,” Gilman said in a statement. After appearing on Oprah, Stepanek sold more than a million copies of his Heartsongs books.