One Voice (Billy Gilman song)

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"One Voice"
A black-and-white image of a curtain background with Billy Gilman sitting down in front of it while holding a microphone.
Single by Billy Gilman
from the album One Voice
B-side"'Til I Can Make It on My Own"
ReleasedMay 27, 2000 (2000-05-27)
FormatCD single
LabelEpic Nashville
Billy Gilman singles chronology
"One Voice"
Music video
"One Voice" on YouTube

"One Voice" is a song written by David Malloy and Don Cook, and recorded by American country music singer Billy Gilman. It was released in May 2000 as the lead-off single and title track from Gilman's debut studio album, One Voice. The song became Gilman's first and only top 20 single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart as well as his only top 40 single on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. Lyrically, the song is about violence from the viewpoint of a child.

Gilman was only 12 years old at the time of the song's release, making him the youngest male artist in history to have a solo top 40 hit on the country charts.[1] "One Voice" was nominated at the 43rd Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song for the songwriters, Don Cook and David Malloy.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Trey Fanjoy, the video shows Billy Gilman on the bus home from school and watches everything that goes on around him. At one point in the video, a boy holding a gun (shown earlier in the video) throws it in the river below the bridge, is a similar take on the line of the song.

Track listing[edit]

US CD single

  1. "One Voice"
  2. "'Til I Can Make It on My Own"

UK CD single

  1. "One Voice"
  2. "Warm & Fuzzy"
  3. "'Til I Can Make It on My Own"
  4. "One Voice" (music video)

Chart performance[edit]

"One Voice" debuted at number 71 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the chart week of May 27, 2000.[2] When the song became a top 40 hit, Gilman became the youngest artist to chart a top 40 country hit, edging out Brenda Lee to become the youngest person to ever have a song on the country singles chart. The song also became a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number 38.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2000–01) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 84
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 38
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 29
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 20

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 70

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "One Voice - Billy Gilman | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  2. ^ ""One Voice" country chart debut". Billboard. 2000-05-27. Archived from the original on August 31, 2014. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7168." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 28, 2000. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  4. ^ "Billy Gilman: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Billy Gilman Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Billy Gilman Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Billy Gilman Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved 2012-08-16.

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