Introducing Billie Black, a rising young British female singer-songwriter whose music has drawn comparisons to Banks, Jessie Ware and Jorja Smith; it’s easy to see why, with her effortless combination of R&B, jazz and electronica. Following a stint of writing with Warner Chappell writer Paul Statham (co-writer of Dido’s breakthrough hits Here With Me and No Angel), Billie Black was encouraged to release the music as part of a three-track EP. The result is The Last Time EP, which is released on November 23rd.
Forging her own musical path, Billie Black grew up in a house surrounded by an eclectic mix of music including Roots Reggae and 70’s disco. Billie Black was signed to Warner Chappell Publishing at just 19. Following this, she released two critically acclaimed EPs on her own label, hitting millions of streams on Spotify.
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Tipped as Vogue’s “woman of the moment” in a double page spread for the magazine, Billie Black has also released material with Mura Masa and supported Jack Garratt on tour. Championed by Radio 1, Billie Black has played several sessions including 1Xtra and regularly performs with a jazz trio in London venues, including the infamous Ronnie Scott’s and the Piano Bar in Soho thus encouraging a more jazzy influence to her sound.
Last month, the title track for The Last Time premiered with Clash alongside its matching visuals. The bold, cinematic and romantic tune is a cinematic melting pot of jazz, bold strings and bittersweet nostalgia. This is a recurring theme throughout the EP, as Billie’s silky smooth melodies perfectly capture her jazz roots with the additional elements of electronica and R&B.
Speaking of the title track ‘After All’, Billie Black explains:
“It’s about passion and desire. Letting your heart lead your head and not the other way round; pursuing a love that you know isn’t good for you but that you can’t seem to let go; learning to be vulnerable and finding a certain strength in that.”