But this single-minded integrity has only seen his star rise so much so that Radio 1, already big supporters of him, have just added his song ‘Pathways’ to their Introducing playlist. He’s also just been announced as the sole support to Birdy on her entire European tour and his debut UK headline tour is almost fully sold-out.
‘Pathways’ documents Billy’s journey over the past two years, listening to major-labels promising him the earth but always with a catch. “It’s not easy when the men wearing suits decide your fate,” sings Billy. “It used to be about the music / playing bars with my best friends / where the only one who’s listening / doesn’t care where it all ends”.
However Billy’s not wasted his time listening to distant promises, having supported Lana Del Ray, KT Tunstall and Nina Nesbitt on UK and Irish tours over the past twelve months, had radio support on previous tracks from Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Dev, Scott Mills, Huw Stephens and Gemma Cairney at Radio 1, and even seen his last, self-released EP ‘Your Love Hurts’ reach no.42 on the iTunes album chart last November.
To thank his fans for their support he decided to include them in the video for ‘Pathways’, which was shot on a beach in Mersea Island. At the end, the man holding the suitcase to tempt him to sign a record contract opens it, only to find it’s full of hundreds of photos of Billy’s fans, sent in by themselves – reminding him of what’s really important.
And those fans will be out in force next month to catch him live on tour, singing along to every word with the same passion that Billy himself has. With a brand new EP already planned for May, a debut album being recorded and a number of festival slots soon to be announced, it won’t be long before Billy finally puts pen to paper and accepts a deal... but on his own terms, all the way!
‘Pathways’ is the lead track of the ‘Pathways’ EP, which is available now on iTunes.
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