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"
Released May 27, 2000 (2000-05-27)
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:09
Label Epic Nashville
Writer(s) Don Cook
David Malloy
Producer(s) Don Cook
David Malloy
Blake Chancey
Billy Gilman singles chronology
"One Voice"
(2000)
"Oklahoma"
(2000)
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 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
position
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]

References[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 (magazine). 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" Billboard Hot 100 for Billy Gilman.
  6. ^ "Billy Gilman – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Billy Gilman.
  7. ^ "Billy Gilman – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Billy Gilman.
  8. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 

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