At the ripe old age of 17, Billy Gilman is a young man with a grown-up voice, and he knows how to use it. Instead of just hitting notes, Gilman has learned to belt with some emotional authority and to deliver some soul and grit, as he demonstrates on funky ditties such as "Three Words, Two Hearts, One Kiss" and the surging "Missing You on Sunday." He's loaded the album with upbeat, anthemic numbers, all co-written and well crafted by his producer, Sandy Linzer (whose impressive resume includes writing and producing the Toys' 1965 Bach-inspired classic, "Lover's Concerto"). Multiple guitars laying on trebly solo lines, booming drums, and rich background choruses give most of the songs an epic feel, and Gilman has the pipes to match the music's roar. The propulsive "Something 'Bout Heaven" affords him room to get into some rhythmic phrasing, whereas the lush, string-laden love ballad "Everything and More" (which credits Sen. Orrin Hatch as co-writer) is a perfect vehicle for Gilman's silky, straight-ahead crooning, which ought to elicit swoons aplenty from his young female fans. The album's closing production number, "Awaken the Music," revisits Linzer's past efforts, as it's built on a familiar classical melody, but it broadens out to become a big, Baroque set piece with more than a few overtones of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in Gilman's staccato vocal, the chanting background chorus, shifting time signatures, and stinging, soaring guitar lines. It's nice to see the lad taking some chances; and to all those Gilman wannabes on American Idol, take note of the real thing in full splendor, before you hit another sustained note of no particular import.
Performance CreditsBilly Gilman Primary Artist,Vocals
Cindy Walker Background Vocals
Curtis Wright Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Joe Chemay Bass,Bass Guitar
Bruce Bouton Pedal Steel Guitar
Thomas Flora Background Vocals
Paul Leim Drums
Chris Leuzinger Guitar,Electric Guitar
Hank Singer Mandolin
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Michael Spriggs Acoustic Guitar
Jimmy Nichols Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Tommy Harden Drums
Fletcher Watson Acoustic Guitar
Marty Slayton Background Vocals
Jeff King Guitar,Electric Guitar
Technical CreditsCharles Calello Arranger
Rob Carlson Composer
Mark Lambert Engineer
Chris Leuzinger Arranger
Sandy Linzer Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Allen Shamblin Composer
Jimmy Nichols String Arrangements
Zach Ziskin Engineer
Madeline Stone Composer
Edward Bruce Kessel Engineer
Andrew Fromm Composer
Orrin Hatch Composer
Angela Bacari Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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Lil Billy done grown up! I couldn't believe it when I heard the single "Everything and More". I have "One Voice", and then hearing this CD... and he's turned into a total stud! (I'm sorry, I had to add that.) Go Billy!
Billy's grown now, and I must say that I was highly dissapointed with his new voice. Before the voice change, his voice was so pure, sweet, and angelic. It seems awkward and untoned now, having lost its previous sweetness. And this is supposed to be a country album?! HA! None of the music on here is country...in fact it doesn't even fit into any genre. He's got everything from contemporary, classical/rock, to 80ish sounding broadway on this album in a very mix-matched blend. The album is very corny & it's obvoious that Gilman is desperately attempting to prove that he's still got that awesome talent he did as a child, when the truth is, he lost it all when he grew up. And I give the album 1 star because not only was I disapointed with his voice, but the music isn't exactly a car ride home.
This is a great cd! Way to go Billy!! I love the songs Three Words,Two Hearts,One Kiss, Hey Little Suzie,and Everything and More. But they are all great! Keep up the awesome work Billy! Love ya
Billy Gilman has such an awesome voice! This is a great cd for everyone, but especially country fans...anyone who likes country is guaranteed to enjoy it. Billy Gilman was the one that got me listening to country in the first place! This is definitely his best album yet. My favorites are Hey Little Suzie and Looked Into the Wings, but they are all great. For people who like Billy Gilman, check out his Official Site concerning the "Everything and More" music video premiere.
I love Billy Gilman's voice. I love how his lyrics are very deep and how they really get you thinking. The first time I heard "Everything and More", I didn't think it was the same guy that sang "One Voice." His voice has changed so much. I loved his voice before, but when I heard this song I was like wow! Huge change! Not to mention... he's so hot! LOL!