She kissed the rain and the world listened, but what did Billie Myers do next?
Coventry born Billie Myers hit pay dirt in 1997 when her debut single “Kiss The Rain” became a huge global smash hit. Produced by Desmond Child, who was responsible for such hits as “Livin’ On A Prayer”, “Poison”, “Just Like Jesse James” and many others, the co-penned number sped into the top ten all around Europe, Australasia and peaked at No.15 in the US as well as making top ten on the Billboard Adult top 40 and Mainstream top 40 charts.
The success of “Kiss The Rain” and tracks from Billie’s debut album “Growing, Pains” in the US were largely thanks to them being used on the soundtrack of the hugely popular TV series Dawson’s Creek. “Kiss The Rain” spent 31 weeks on the US singles chart and became the 46th biggest seller of 1997. The album “Growing, Pains” was released in November 1998 and peaked at No.19 in the UK and No.91 in America. The second single “Tell Me” only managed to make it to No.28 in the UK and failed to chart Stateside.
One further single was issued in 1999, “You Send Me Flying”, which did nothing. That same year, Billie wrote the song “It All Comes Down To You” for the Freddie Prinze Jnr. film ‘Down To You’. Billie’s follow up, “Vertigo”, came in the Summer of 2000 but sadly, never charted anywhere. It featured the tracks “Am I Here Yet? (Return to Sender)” and “Should I Call You Jesus?”, both of which were released as singles but again, failed to chart.
After a few years out of the limelight, Billie released the single “Just Sex” in 2005, which made No.8 on the US Dance club play chart and began writing for her third album in 2007, which although was completed in 2009, did not see the light of day until 2013. The album, “Tea And Sympathy”, was preceded by the single “Wonderful” in 2010, which made No.11 on the US Dance club play chart. The album performed well with her fans and gained critical praise but did not appear on any best selling charts.
Billie continues to make appearances and perform live as well as promoting mental health awareness and is an LGBT Rights supporter. And hopefully it won’t be too long before she graces us with new material…!
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