Having already gained widespread acclaim for an emotive lyricism that belies her tender years, aged just 16 Billie Marten has been performing since the age of 12. Hailing from Ripon in North Yorkshire, she has music in her blood. Billie sang at family gatherings as far back as she can remember and grew up listening to John Martyn, Laura Marling, David Bowie, Portishead, Damien Rice and Loudon Wainwright.
By nine, she had her own YouTube channel, on which she posted covers performed on the pink guitar in her garden. She recalls her version of OutKast’s Hey Ya and a song she composed using words from an old poetry book. Fast forward to 2014, Billie had a breakthrough year, catching the attention of many including BBC Introducing and Burberry with her debut single and EP, ‘Ribbon’. Billie went onto play at Reading & Leeds Festivals and ended the year sound-tracking BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits.
Billie’s songwriting has evolved at an astonishing pace, she sings with more assurance and, on her second EP (the debut via. Chess Club Records) As Long As, she is accompanied by other musicians. Her voice, however, was as bewitching back then as it is now.
The four songs on As Long As are as remarkable for their beguiling beauty as for the age of their singer. All are at once intimate and airy, like secrets blown in on a breeze. All have enchanting lyrics that linger long after they have left Billie’s lips.