I think it's fair to say that Ty essentially outed himself publicly years ago, speaking, when indirectly questioned, as entertainment media was wont to do at that time, in the accepted code of the day.
For all of the timidity of the time, the message was always clear- except when Ty muddied it by suggesting he was rescued from his wayward public behavior- that which variously resulted in his being arrested and in the loss of his teeth- by curiously publicly embracing Christianity (of the variety that preaches homosexuality is a sin) and Christian music as country music all but abandoned him.
The intended message to his public - though Herndon never directly verbalized it- was that, for all of his internal struggles, Ty had prayed the gay away.
At a time when even some of the most zealous of those who once believed that was possible, indeed necessary, to pray the gay away now reject that belief, Herndon is making a calculated choice in an effort to revive his country-music career.
But Ty's story is incomplete, and there is not much to learn from it, without disclosure of the depth and scope of the singer's betrayal from the ex-wives who apparently continue to be satellite personalities in Herndon's reality show.
Conversely, A fair
assessment of BILLY GILMAN's career would be that going through
killed the momentum of what the public considered to be a little boy's
Billy was a victim of that unfortunate timing. The musical landscape is littered with one-hit wonders, most of whom did not retain essential momentum for reasons other than Gilman's unfortunate fate, or more accurately, the timing of Billy's morphing from charmed boyhood to awkward adolescence in what, outside the world of music, is greeted as a natural progression.
After Gilman emerged from his management-imposed musical hiatus, his resultant growth spurt and deepened voice essentially transformed him, in the minds of a fickle public with a limited memory and attention span, from a known quantity, in effect, to a new, unproven artist with plenty of competition for limited slots.
Billy's absence made his fan base's hearts grow fonder but country-music's larger audience, by that time, was looking for the next big thing. I'll concede Gilman has a point- Billy is hoping for acceptance from an audience that traditionally has either embraced or had no problem with homophobia- but he should be careful that he doesn't play the gay card to the point where it is an excuse for an unpleasant outcome that is just as easily arrived at due to other factors, some of which would be equally beyond Billy's control.
Again, on balance, I don't think Gilman's sexuality has much to do with what Billy perceives as resistance to Music Row taking him seriously as an adult.
reality is Billy
Gilman, while still a prodigy, is no longer a child and, since
resenting it will get him
nowhere, Gilman would be best served by welcoming the opportunity to
prove himself again.
I met Billy backstage at the height of his fame. As my colleagues and I clamored for what limited time he had available as his publicist led him around by the nose, Gilman saw none of the pecking order that sometimes comes into play in such situations. As a result, when he saw me being mistreated in an effort to accommodate a "more important" competitor, Billy respectfully reminded his (now former) publicist of who signed her check and spoke up in my defense and took charge of the situation.
That I remember Billy's kindness all these years later speaks to what I believe is the strength of Gilman's character.
Billy can hold to that strength as he deals with whatever blowback comes his way as a result of taking charge and outing himself on his own terms.
Perhaps some smart promoter can put together a package show, the Out and About Tour, with Billy, Ty Herndon and Chely Wright sharing the same stage now that the floodgates are opening with such force that, even among those who might desire it, it's past too late to turn back now.
occasion? A Power
Source Number One Party Celebrating the Number One
Songs (November 2013- October 2014) & HMG-sponsored
Luncheon, featuring performances by RICK
and CHAREÉ WHITE.
But, as they say, that's not all: In the body of her email Shelly extended a second invitation to the 20th Annual Inspirational Faith, Family and Country Awards, for Thursday, November 13, 2014 and the red carpet arrivals preceding the event to be hosted by RAY STEVENS and MEGAN ALEXANDER at Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tennessee. RHONDA VINCENT, JOHN CONLEE, THE ROYS and Report reader T. BUBBA BECHTOL are among those who will join the inspirational country music nominees.
Another invitation for a music industry event coinciding with Veteran's Day, 2014 came from CAITLIN DeFOREST. Caitlin invited me to join Tennessee Governor BILL HASLAM, CHARLIE DANIELS, MICHAEL W. SMITH, ROB BECKHAM, TIM CORBIN, J.P. WILLIAMS and DeMETRIA KALODIMOS at the annual Nashville Association of Talent Director's Awards Gala. The reception, dinner and awards show were held in the Hermitage Hotel Grand Ballroom and Lobby.
Lo and behold, seniors (continue to) rock and Nashville was one of the stops on Sir Paul's 2014 tour. So, in April I emailed Steve, indicating that "It's hard to believe that nearly four years have past since we've been in touch, but since learning that Sir Paul McCartney is returning to Nashville (see your message to me below) and as I wasn't able to cover his performance in Bonnaroo, I would like for you to consider this note as my request for media credentials for the June 25th Nashville concert..."
it. No response.
Nearly two months later, on June 5, 2014 I emailed Steve a polite "Second Request."
Again, no response.
By late June, 2014 it was announced (though I did not receive direct word) that McCartney was resuming the tour and that he would be returning to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on October 16, 2014.
On June 30, 2014, having not heard from Steve, I emailed him again, this time with the subject line "October 16th Works For Me!"
Martin maintained his silence until the morning of October 16th when I finally got his attention with copies of the aforementioned "correspondence": "Dear Steve. I am at a loss. I thought it would be Sir Paul's performance I would be reviewing (see attached.)
"Do you think the attachments would make a better story?"
Fifteen minutes later, Steve replied with four words: "There is nothing attached."
No further explanation, let alone another apology. No request to resend the attachments.
By now it should be evident that I copied myself on all emails sent to Martin including one resent 25 minutes later with the attachments Steve claimed never to have received.
Once again, no response.
came and went without much local coverage.
As always, if
Steve feels I have not fairly represented him, he can consider this
Report his forum for a rebuttal.
Media reaction to Lynn's September 11, 2014 arrest is quite interesting. Country-music media has reacted with the same timidity it always does when weighing the wish for a post-accident exclusive interview with Anderson and the obligation to report. Thus, musicrow.com has completely ignored the story while cmt.com attributes its limited reporting to "staff reports."
department is apparently under no media pressure to issue a news
release as it
usually does when celebrities are (pardon the expression) under the
We know that Lynn has a November 20, 2014 court date, but before which judge? (Yes, unfortunately it matters.).
I can't imagine the blow to her self-esteem Anderson undoubtedly experienced when, jailed during her second divorce, she lost two of her children during the early 1980s in a custody fight (though Lynn did prevail in related matters at the appellate level).
No doubt that traumatic episode of her life led to her subsequent brushes with the law, but what follows are examples of celebrity justice- the breaks celebs receive in situations where we would not.Lynn appears to have sought refuge at the BETTY FORD Center because it was fashionable and only after several progressively worse incidents, any one of which should have been a wake up call. First, in October, 1988, Lynn was charged with malicious mischief after allegedly breaking into a waitress’ car, taking some of the server’s belongings and threatening her. LINDA GAIL BOWERS agreed to drop the charges after receiving Lynn's letter of apology.