Billie Marten has released her brand new single “Milk & Honey” today via Columbia Records in the US, listen HERE. With a vocal delicacy that outstrips her youth and lingers far beyond the notes it leaves behind, it’s “a song about the greed of people, the thoughts that we’re all sort of stuck in this consumerist frame of mind” Billie explains.
Having already gained widespread acclaim for an emotive lyricism that belies her tender years, the 17 year-old singer/songwriter kicked off 2016 appearing on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2016’s Longlist. Hailing from Ripon in North Yorkshire, England, Billie has already released two EPs—2015’s As Long As EP, which features her enchanting latest single “Bird,” and 2014’s Ribbon EP.
Billie 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. Billie’s songs are as remarkable for their beguiling beauty as for the age of their singer; “Milk & Honey” is no exception. Billie Marten will release her debut album this fall.