Billie Marten

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Billie Marten
Billie Marten playing Rough Trade West.jpg
Billie Marten performing in 2015
Background information
Birth nameIsabella Sophie Tweddle
Born (1999-05-27) 27 May 1999 (age 20)
Ripon, England
Genres
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active2014–present
Labels
Websitewww.billiemarten.com

Isabella Sophie Tweddle (born 27 May 1999), who performs under the stage name Billie Marten, is a singer-songwriter and musician from Ripon in North Yorkshire. She first came to prominence at the age of twelve when a video on YouTube of her singing attracted thousands of views. She released her first EP at the age of fifteen in 2014, and her second EP a year later. At the end of 2015 she was nominated for the Sound of 2016 award.

Early life[edit]

Isabella (or "Billie") Tweddle was born 27 May 1999 in Ripon in North Yorkshire.[1][2][3] She began playing guitar and singing when she was seven or eight,[4][5] and started writing songs soon afterwards.[6] By the age of nine she had her own YouTube channel on which she posted covers of pop songs, mostly for the benefit of her grandparents who live in France.[6] When she was twelve she performed some music sessions for a local YouTube channel called Ont' Sofa.[7] Among the songs she performed was a cover version of Lucy Rose's "Middle of the Bed", which quickly received thousands of views.[7] In a later interview Marten said "I didn't understand how quickly it could spread. I was super young and it was crazy."[8] She was educated at Ripon Grammar School.[9]

Music career[edit]

In May 2014, just before her fifteenth birthday, Billie Marten released the single "Ribbon" via Burberry's curation program.[10][11] She wrote the single with Fiona Bevan the previous year.[5] According to Marten, one theme of "Ribbon" is "the elusiveness of the city, and how quickly you can lose something amongst the people and tube stations."[5] In June 2014 she released her debut EP Ribbon.[12] In August 2014 Marten played the BBC Introducing stage at the Reading Festival.[13] She described her music in December 2014 as "a mix between acoustic and quite folky and a little indie."[14]

In January 2015 Billie Marten signed to Chess Club Records, a division of Sony Music and their RCA Records recording label.[15][16] She released the single "Heavy Weather" in April 2015 which premiered on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show.[11] A 7" vinyl version of "Heavy Weather" was released in May with her cover version of Royal Blood's "Out of the Black" on the B-side.[11] She released the single "Bird" in September 2015.[17] She wrote the song with Olivia Broadfield, and according to Marten, the song is about "how words can truly affect people, not always for the right reasons".[6] She toured for the first time in October 2015 as the supporting act for Lucy Rose.[9] Marten released her second EP As Long As in November 2015.[16]

In November 2015 she was nominated for the BBC Sound of 2016.[13][18]

In 2018 Marten's Blue Sea, Red Sea featured as Annie Mac's hottest record on Radio 1.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Marten likes alpacas and has expressed a wish "to buy an alpaca".[20] She has said "I have this weird obsession with alpacas, I can't explain it. I think they're beautiful and I love them".[8]

When aged 18, Marten was diagnosed with severe seasonal affective disorder (SAD), causing some depression and anxiety.[19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Writing of Blues and Yellows
  • Released: 23 September 2016
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
Feeding Seahorses by Hand
  • Released: 26 April 2019
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Ribbon[21]
  • Released: 23 June 2014
  • Label: Spilt Milk Records
  • Format: Digital download
As Long As[17]
  • Released: 13 November 2015
  • Label: Chess Club Records
  • Formats: 10" vinyl, Digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2014 "Ribbon" Ribbon
2015 "Heavy Weather" Writing of Blues and Yellows
"Out of the Black"
"Bird"
"As Long As" As Long As
2016 "Milk & Honey" Writing of Blues and Yellows
"La Lune"
"Lionhearted"
"Live"
2018 "Mice" Feeding Seahorses by Hand
"Blue Sea, Red Sea"
2019 "Betsy"
"Cartoon People"

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"Ribbon" 2014 [22]
"Heavy Weather" 2015 Daniel Broadley [23]
"Bird" Franklyn Banks [16]
"Milk & Honey" 2016 Rob Brandon [24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Result
2016 BBC Sound of...2016[18] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tweddle – England & Wales Births 1837–2006". Genes Reunited. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Billie Marten". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  3. ^ "WILD Profile: Billie Marten". The WILD. 18 August 2014.
  4. ^ "The sky's the limit". Ripon Grammar School. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Joie Featured Artist: Billie Marten". Joie. 18 July 2014. Archived from the original on 8 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Billie Marten (Acoustic)". Rough Trade Events. Archived from the original on 15 November 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Interview with…Billie Marten". Bitter Sweet Symphonies. 26 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Interview: Billie Marten". Source Magazine. 19 October 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Billie Marten looks set for stardom". The Northern Echo. 2 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Premiere: Billie Marten – Ribbon". Hunger TV. 16 May 2014.
  11. ^ a b c "Billie Marten – "Heavy Weather" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. 6 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Billie Marten – New Music "Introducing"". Just Music I Like. 16 June 2014.
  13. ^ a b "BBC Music Sound Of, 2016 – Billie Marten". BBC Music. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Sound Scout: Meet Billie Marten, the Songbird That's About to Soar Straight to the Top". Teen Vogue. 5 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Signing: Billie Marten". Chess Club Records. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  16. ^ a b c "Billie Marten – "Bird" Video". Stereogum. 14 October 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Billie Marten shares enchanting new single "Bird" ahead of new EP". The Line of Best Fit. 23 September 2015.
  18. ^ a b "BBC Sound of 2016 longlist announced". The Telegraph. 30 November 2016.
  19. ^ a b https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/newsbeat-46405743/billie-marten-having-sad-made-me-write-the-happiest-pop-song
  20. ^ "Interview: 2016 Must-Know – BILLIE MARTEN". Coup De Main Magazine. 20 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Ribbon (2014)". 7digital. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Billie Marten Ribbon". NYLON. 23 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Watch Billie Marten's brand new video for 'Heavy Weather'". The 405. 15 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Premiere: Milk & Honey by Billie Marten". VMA. 20 May 2016.

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