Billie Myers

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Billie Myers

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…!

Billie Myers 2019

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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