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Singer Billy Gilman honored by Rhode Island House

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/16/2017
Billy Gilman, of Richmond, R.I., a runner-up on the NBC TV show "The Voice" reacts as he is honored with a resolution in the House Chambers at the Rhode Island Statehouse, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Providence. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) © The Associated Press Billy Gilman, of Richmond, R.I., a runner-up on the NBC TV show "The Voice" reacts as he is honored with a resolution in the House Chambers at the Rhode Island Statehouse, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Providence. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A runner-up on the NBC show "The Voice" has been honored by Rhode Island's House of Representatives.

Billy Gilman, of Richmond, R.I., a runner-up on the NBC TV show "The Voice" reacts as he is honored with a resolution in the House Chambers at the Rhode Island Statehouse, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Providence. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) © The Associated Press Billy Gilman, of Richmond, R.I., a runner-up on the NBC TV show "The Voice" reacts as he is honored with a resolution in the House Chambers at the Rhode Island Statehouse, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Providence. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Richmond native Billy Gilman opened Thursday's session by singing the national anthem. He was honored with a resolution introduced by Democratic Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, a big fan of the singing competition.

Billy Gilman, of Richmond, R.I., a runner-up on the NBC TV show "The Voice" speaks as he is honored with a resolution in the House Chambers at the Rhode Island Statehouse, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Providence. At right is State Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) © The Associated Press Billy Gilman, of Richmond, R.I., a runner-up on the NBC TV show "The Voice" speaks as he is honored with a resolution in the House Chambers at the Rhode Island Statehouse, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Providence. At right is State Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Gilman says he loves Rhode Island and he's glad he could use his voice to make the state proud.

Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello calls Gilman a "Rhode Island treasure."

The country singer released his debut album, "One Voice," in 2000, when he was 12 years old. It sold more than 2 million copies.

Now 28, his career has seen a resurgence with his inclusion on the 11th season of "The Voice" last year.

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