A Special Artist Spotlight: Who is Billie Eilish?


New artists come and go all the time. But, every so often, a talent will emerge that demands attention. And one such artist is Billie Eilish. So here is some key information that answers the often-asked question, who is Billie Eilish?

Her Background

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell is an American singer-songwriter. At the age of barely 17, she has over 194 million streams on Spotify as of January 2019. She was raised around actors and musicians from the start. Her mother, Maggie Baird, and father, Patrick O’Connell, were in the industry of acting, music, and screenwriting.

Homeschooled all her life in Los Angeles, she decided to join the local Los Angeles Children’s Choir at the age of eight years. By age 11, she had evolved into writing and singing her own songs. Her brother, Finneas O’Connell, was also writing and producing his own songs with his self-made band. He wrote the song Ocean Eyes which Billie then covered for him. She had no idea this would be her breakthrough.

Famous by Mistake?

Billie mentioned in another interview by Vogue that she never meant to become a singer. Her passion was dancing. In fact, they originally gave Ocean Eyes to her teacher for a dance routine. Soon, the song was a hit for her peers and so the siblings decided to put it on Soundcloud. By March 2016 the song already had 10 million hits. Soon after, they released the video of Billie doing her dance routine to the song and it was also a hit.

Her Big Debut

After the success of Ocean Eyes, Eilish went on to release Six Feet Under later that year. Her next major breakthrough didn’t come until Bellyache, which she released in February 2017. Ad again she produced and co-wrote the hit with her older brother. Eilish then recorded a song she called Bored that they bought and used for the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

And then she released the songs, Idontwannabeyouanymore and My Boy right before her debut album, Don’t Smile at Me, in August 2017. Shortly after the release, she embarked on a tour in 2018. During the tour, she did a collaboration with the well-known artist, Khalid. The two released a song they titled, Lovely for the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, who bought the rights to that song as well to use in the show.

What Is Eilish Doing Now?

Just a few short months ago, Eilish released When The Party’s Over. The music video already has 143 million views after three short months on Youtube. Eilish is now on her tour she calls, “When We All Fall Asleep.” The tour travels throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

Eilish continues to make a bold statement with her music. And with her past performances and her fans would expect nothing less.