Award-winning singing star Billy Gilman will appear on the national broadcast of the Jerry Lewis Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 1.
The 15-year-old, who serves as MDA’s National Youth Chairman, is scheduled to perform on the Telethon and to co-host youth segments of the show.
The 38th annual MDA Telethon airs for 21½ hours beginning at 9 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Aug. 31. The show originates from CBS Television City in Hollywood, and can be seen on some 200 “Love Network” stations nationwide, including KTRE-TV 9 in the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area.
As national youth chairman, Billy spearheads the efforts of thousands of young people who help with MDA’s lifesaving mission. He supports MDA through appearances at sponsor and volunteer events and in media interviews.
“I’m thrilled to have Billy lend his amazing musical talents to our broadcast,” said Jerry Lewis, MDA’s national chairman and star of the Telethon. “I’m also grateful that he’s using his fame to help motivate teenagers and young adults to support MDA’s mission.”
Billy Gilman burst onto the country music scene in the summer of 2000 when his first album, “One Voice,” was released a week after his 12th birthday. The record sold more than two million copies.
In the next year, Billy released “Classic Christmas” and “Dare to Dream.” In 2001, he earned four Billboard Music Video Awards and was the youngest artist ever to be nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award.
Billy’s most recent album is a collaboration with another famous teenager, best-selling poet Mattie Stepanek, who has a rare neuromuscular disease and is MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador. “Music Through Heartsongs” sets Mattie’s uplifting poetry to music with Billy’s vocals.
MDA is a voluntary health organization working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular disease through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. MDA maintains a network of 230 clinics serving children and adults affected by neuromuscular diseases.
— Adapted from the Muscular Dystrophy Association 2003 Digital Media Kit