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14 June 1971 |
Coventry, West Midlands, England
|Genres||Rock, pop, pop rock|
Billie Myers (born 14 June 1971, Coventry, West Midlands, England) is an English rock singer-songwriter. She is known principally for her 1998 transatlantic, Desmond Child penned hit, "Kiss the Rain".
Myers was born in Britain to a British mother, and Jamaican father. Before commencing her career in music, Myers was a nurse and insurance agent. She was discovered in a club by the record producer Peter Harris. Soon after their first meeting, Myers began writing material for her debut album, Growing, Pains (1997). The album was produced by Desmond Child. The first single from the album, "Kiss the Rain", became a Top 20 hit.
Myers was signed to a recording contract with Universal Records in 1997. Singles from Growing, Pains have appeared on television commercials and in the TV series, Dawson's Creek. Growing, Pains achieved gold record status in 1997, and Myers' follow-up album, Vertigo, was issued in 2000.
Her vocal style is a combination of pop, jazz and world music.
On 11 October 2009, Myers sang "America the Beautiful" before a crowd of LGBT people and their allies at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. In introducing the song, she criticised president Barack Obama for failing to mention marriage equality and the battle to ban same-sex marriage in Maine during his speech the previous night at a Human Rights Campaign dinner.
Myers has also spoken out numerous times publicly about living with depression. As well as being an ambassador for the Jed Foundation, Billie gave her support to the Mindfull initiative that aims to support young people dealing with mental health issues.
Growing, Pains (1997)
Myers's debut album, Growing, Pains, was released in the United States on 18 November 1997. It achieved gold status, thanks in large part to the success of its first single. Myers wrote or co-wrote all songs featured on the record, and although she had not written songs prior to creating Growing, Pains, she had regularly written in journals and diaries for years beforehand, which facilitated the songwriting process.
Her first single, "Kiss the Rain" entered the UK Singles Chart and eventually reached number 4. In the United States, "Kiss the Rain" reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 31 weeks on the chart. The American television series Dawson's Creek (episode #2-02, titled "Crossroads") featured "Kiss the Rain", and it was also used in promotions for Archer Daniels Midland, which were most often seen on both Sunday morning talk shows and ADM's underwriting spot for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
The follow-up single, "Tell Me", reached number 25 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. Myers admitted that once "Kiss the Rain" had retreated from charting position, she felt disappointed because "Tell Me" did not match the success of her first single.
In June 2000, Myers released her second record, Vertigo, which featured the single "Am I Here Yet? (Return to Sender)". The dance remix of "Am I Here Yet?" by DJ Junior Vasquez reached number 1 on the dance charts. "Should I Call You Jesus?" was the album's second single and invited controversy because of Myers's frank, honest questions about religion. Myers was satisfied with her second record because she was more assertive in the production process and more direct lyrically. Billboard called Vertigo's collection of songs "a fearless set that intertwines deft pop hooks, wickedly honest lyrics, and vibrant rhythms". Background Vocals were sung by Elisa Fiorillo and Wendy Wright.
"Just Sex" (2005)
In November 2005, Myers released a single, "Just Sex", with Artemis Records' Star Struck compilation album. One year later, Myers was named the closing act for Los Angeles Gay Pride 2006 and a featured act for New York City Pride 2006. She also appeared at the Chicago North Halsted Market Days 25th Anniversary Festival. The remix of "Just Sex" reached number 8 on the Billboard Dance Chart.
Tea and Sympathy (2013)
Following a soft release to fans in 2009, Billie Myers officially released her third album Tea and Sympathy in March 2013. Myers discussed the album at length in an electronic press kit video which featured on the official Billie Myers website.
|UK Singles Chart||US Billboard Hot 100||US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||US Billboard Adult Contemporary||US Billboard Adult Top 40||US Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents||US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream|
|1997||"Kiss the Rain"||4||15||–||28||6||1||7||Growing, Pains|
|1999||"You Send Me Flying"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|"It All Comes Down to You"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Down to You soundtrack|
|2000||"Am I Here Yet? (Return to Sender)"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Vertigo|
|"Should I Call You Jesus?"||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2005||"Just Sex"||–||–||8||–||–||–||–||non-album song|
|2010||"Wonderful"||–||–||11||–||–||–||–||Tea & Sympathy|
Kiss The Rain (2) / 1997
Tell Me / 1998
You Send Me Flying / 1999
It All Comes Down To You / 1999
Am I Here Yet (Return To Sender) / 2000
I Hope Your Happy Now / 2009
Wonderful / 2010
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