A Song for the Day #153 – Billie Marten


At only fifteen years of age Billie Marten has already received a huge amount of plaudits for the few tracks that she has released so far.  On the 25th of May she will release her new single ‘Heavy Weather’, the video for which you can find at the bottom of this post.

Everything I was going to type about Marten already mostly existed in the press release, so I’ll let that do the talking and also provide some additional information:

Recorded in one take, Heavy Weather showcases a voice so perfectly pure it sounds almost otherworldly, with Billie’s intricate, soulful acoustic guitar providing a haunting backdrop. The single will be backed by Billie’s stripped-back re-working of Royal Blood’s Out Of The Black, also recorded in one take.

Having already gained widespread acclaim for an emotive lyricism that belies her tender years, still just 15 Billie 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 and Loudon Wainwright, whom she saw in concert as a kid. At the age of eight, given a small, pink guitar and taught four chords by her dad, she wrote her first ‘proper’ song.
2014 was a breakout year for the young artist, who caught the attention of many including BBC Introducing and Burberry.

Heavy Weather is available digitally now and via Limited edition vinyl on 8th June.