Thursday, July 9 | 7 pm


Join Caswell Cooke of The Caswell Cooke Show for a conversation and performance with singing sensation Billy Gilman, streaming live from the historic Garde Arts Center.

A special evening in memory of Billy’s friend, the beloved tap dance sensation Louise Neistat, on what would have been her 101st birthday.

How to watch: We’ll be streaming here on, Facebook Live, and YouTube.

Garde Live Online (GLO) is an original virtual series that continues the Garde’s mission of bringing entertainment to music, art and theater lovers everywhere during our current closure.

Billy acknowledges the Garde Theater as the first place he ever saw a concert – country singer Ronnie Milsap when he was five years old – followed a year later at a Garde concert with Pam Tillis.

If not for his grandmother, Billy Gilman might not have become the youngest singer to have a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart when his debut single, “One Voice,” came out in 2000. The Rhode Island native, now 31, was 11 at the time. Humming before he could talk and singing before he went to school, Gilman first performed in public at age 7.

His debut album was certified double platinum in the United States, and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. He has sold five million albums worldwide and garnered awards and nods from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Billboard Magazine, and the American Music Association.

At 28, Gilman was eager to come back and share his new music and his new sound with his fans on NBC’s THE VOICE: SEASON 11. “It took me a good while to figure out exactly who I was, musically speaking. As a little kid, sometimes I was just told what to sing. But now I have enjoyed coming into my own and discovering what it really is that I want to sing. And I think that my fans will be pleasantly surprised with what they hear.”

Gilman instantly became a fan favorite week after week with his soaring vocals and amazing song choices and went right to the finale of Season 11’s finale. His coach Adam Levine of Maroon 5 himself said “You can emote so well. You can draw people in so easily,” Levine added. “What you do — you have a very special gift, and I’m just really proud and honored to have you on my team.” Nabbing runner up and winning over the hearts of millions. Speaking of millions, Gilman scored over 31 million views on YouTube in four short months during his sensational run on the show. The closest competitor was 7 million views behind!! After Fabus recorded a country version of “2 in the Morning” by New Kids on the Block, the band invited him to perform it when the New Kids’ “Mixtape” tour came to Pittsburgh in 2019.

Now 31, Gilman is mindful of the need to be patient with his career. “Music is my life, and it is always what I will be doing with my life. But I understand, given my unusual history, that the road back is not going to be short and easy. I will have to earn my way back into this business—one fan at a time. And that’s exactly how it should be. So far so good!”

Westerly event producer, businessman, and talk show host, Caswell is a guy who does more things than he has ever written about in one paragraph.  Just ask him.