Country Kids Gilman, Andrews Planning Tour
Two of country music's fastest-rising young stars -- Jessica Andrews and Billy Gilman -- are planning a joint tour this summer. "It's going to be kind of a co-headlining thing," Andrews says. "I thinkTwo of country music's fastest-rising young stars -- Jessica Andrews and Billy Gilman -- are planning a joint tour this summer. "It's going to be kind of a co-headlining thing," Andrews says. "I think Billy'll go on first, then I'll go on, then maybe we'll close and do some songs together."
The 17-year-old Andrews said the show would spotlight the singers' talents and not their ages. "That gets kind of old," she said. "I really want people to know that this is going to be a really fun, energetic show, but taken very seriously. I don't want people to think it's some kiddie show. It's going to be great."
Her DreamWorks debut "Heart Shaped World" peaked at No. 24 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart last April. The album spawned the singles "You Go First (Do You Wanna Kiss)," "Unbreakable Heart," "I Will Be There For You," and "I Do Now." The artist's sophomore album, "Who I Am," will be released Tuesday (Feb. 27). The title track is No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart this week.
At 12 years of age, Gilman was the youngest-ever Grammy nominee, losing Wednesday night to Johnny Cash for the male country vocal performance. Gilman, who took the favorite new country artist at the American Music Awards, saw his debut album, "One Voice" (Epic), peak at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart last July.
According to his official Web site, Gilman is working with producers Blake Chancey, Don Cook, and David Malloy on a new album, tentatively slated for a spring release.
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