Billy Gilman Wows Coaches on The Voice

Blake Shelton Says, "Now You Found Your Sound"

Early Tuesday morning (Sept. 20), The Voice tweeted a preview of what’s to come on the next episode.

Namely, a star from 16 years ago.

It was Billy Gilman. Remember? “One Voice”? He was only 11 when that song came out in 2000, but you would never have known it from the mature subject matter of the song (a prayer to make earthly violence go away) or the reaction (it was a Top 20 hit).

While Gilman hasn’t had that same kind of success in the years since, The Voice‘s Blake Shelton remembers him well.

“When I was making my first album, that’s when ‘One Voice’ came out. And it’s crazy, Billy, because you always wonder what happened to somebody,” Shelton says. “Now you found your sound and where you belong musically. I’m happy for you, man, I really am.”

Then the coaching newcomer Miley Cyrus tells him she remembers him, too. She was 8 years old when Gilman’s debut single was released.

“I know who the hell you are,” she says when she recalls the Trey Fanjoy-directed video for “One Voice.”

And he tells Cyrus about a family connection he made during his early years on country music tours.

“I actually opened up for your father,” Gilman says.

The Voice airs Tuesday night on NBC.

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