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Billie Myers
Born 14 June 1971 (1971-06-14) (age 38),
Coventry, West Midlands, England
Genres Rock, pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels Universal
Website www.billiemyers.com

Billie Myers (born 14 June 1971, Coventry, West Midlands[1]) is an English rock singer-songwriter. She is best known for her 1998 transatlantic hit, "Kiss the Rain".

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Biography

Myers was born in England to an English 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, and toured with the Lilith Fair in 1998, as well as headlining her own tour. 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.

She has spoken about her bisexuality and the difficulties "not being gay enough" has caused her in the past.[2]

On 11 October 2009, Myers sang "America the Beautiful" before a crowd of some LGBT's and their allies at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. In introducing the song, she criticized president Barack Obama for failing to mention marriage equality, and the battle to ban same-sex marriage in Maine in his speech the previous night at a Human Rights Campaign dinner.

Growing, Pains (1997)

Myers' 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.[3] Myers wrote or co-wrote all songs featured on the record, and although she had not written songs prior to creating Growing, Pains, she regularly wrote in journals and diaries for years beforehand, which facilitated the songwriting process.[4]

Her first single, "Kiss the Rain" entered the UK Singles Chart and eventually reached number 4.[5] In the United States, "Kiss the Rain" reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 31 weeks on the chart.[6] 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. Additionally, it was often seen at the beginning of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and during commercial breaks for Sunday morning talk shows.

The dance remix of "Kiss the Rain" was the first number 1 for both Myers and the remix team, Thunderpuss.

The follow-up single, "Tell Me", reached number 25 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.[7] 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.[8]

After the release of Growing, Pains and before her second album, Myers scored the title track for the Freddie Prinze, Jr. film Down To You.[9]

Vertigo (2000)

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' frank, honest questions about religion. Myers was satisfied with her sophomore 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".

"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 & Sympathy (2009)

Myers' third album, Tea & Sympathy, was completed early in 2009. The record was released through iTunes on her own record label, Fruit Loop Records, on 1 September 2009. A physical copy of the record was available through Myers' official website on 15 September 2009. The first single, a ballad titled "I Hope You're Happy Now", was released on 7 July 2009. Myers has also begun an "Unscripted" series on her YouTube channel, that provides her fans with background information on the newest songs.

Discography

Albums

Singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
UK Singles Chart[10] U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 U.S. Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream
1998 "Kiss the Rain" 4 15 - 28 6 1 7 3 Growing, Pains
1998 "Tell Me" 28 - - - 25 - 34 - Growing, Pains
1999 "You Send Me Flying" - - - - - - - - Growing, Pains
1999 "It All Comes Down to You" - - - - - - - - Down to You soundtrack
2000 "Am I Here Yet? (Return to Sender)" - - - - - - - - Vertigo
2000 "Should I Call You Jesus?" - - - - - - - - Vertigo
2005 "Just Sex" - - 8 - - - - -
2009 "I Hope You're Happy Now" - - - - - - - - Tea & Sympathy
2010 "Wonderful" - - 11 - - - - - Tea & Sympathy

References

  1. ^ "Biography by Tina Mrazik". Allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:ajfyxq9hld0e~T1. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Tea & Sympathy With Billie Myers
  3. ^ Amazon.com. Billie Myers Biography. Accessed June 16, 2009. http://www.amazon.com/Billie-Myers/e/B000AP6Y2S.
  4. ^ Newman, K. (July 3, 1998). Tell Me. ABC News. Retrieved June 16, 2009, from LexisNexis database.
  5. ^ Top 20 UK Singles Chart. (April 6, 1998) The Mirror, p. 17. Retrieved June 15, 2009, from LexisNexis database.
  6. ^ Desmond's Top 30 Billboard Hot 100 Hits. (November 27, 1999). Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2009, from LexisNexis database.
  7. ^ Charts; Adult Top 40. (August 8, 1998). Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2009, from LexisNexis database.
  8. ^ Taylor, C. (June 17, 2000). A More Confident Billie Myers Returns with Second Universal Album, 'Vertigo.' Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2009, from LexisNexis database.
  9. ^ Billie Myers' MySpace profile. Accessed June 16, 2009. http://www.myspace.com/billiemyers
  10. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 385. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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