Billie Eilish O’Connell has music flowing through her veins and its not just her, the art seems to be an O’Connell thing as her brother Finneas is also quite a talented music act. She is a complete artist who writes most of her songs and is also an exceptional dancer. Having begun her professional entertainment career in 2015, it didn’t take long before Billie took the scene by storm in 2016. Her fame has since been on the rise and 2019 seemed to have been an exceptional year for her. It was the year she swooped many accolades, among them the MTV Music Video Award for Push Artist of The Year, as well as the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist of the Year.
Her strong vocal abilities and unique style of performance have endeared her to millions of fans around the world. In this article, we go into details about who this amazing songstress really is, what makes her tick and how she managed to become a household name so quickly in her career, racking up several platinum and gold-certified singles along the way.
Who is Billie Eilish and How Old is She?
Eilish was born on the 18th of December 2001 in Los Angeles, California. Unsurprisingly, Billie hails from an artistic family – while her mother Maggie Baird is an actress, as well as a songwriter, her father Patrick O’Connell, on the other hand, is a film and television series actor whose works include roles in Baskets, The West Wing, Life Inside Out and Iron Man.
Before Billie was born, her parents had her brother Finneas O’Connell on the 30th of July 1997. Finneas didn’t fall far from the family’s artistic tree either as he has since 2011 led a career as an entertainer. He sings, writes songs, produces records and also acts.
Eilish started singing at a young age and became a member of a children’s choral group in Los Angeles before she was ten years old. By the time she was eleven, she had started to write songs, some on her own and others in collaboration with her brother who had already been writing and performing with a band.
Though she has mentioned that while growing up, hip hop had been her favorite genre of music, she has had a wide array of influences, some of whom include The Beetles, Justin Bieber, and Childish Gambino. Some others include Lana Del Rey and Lorde whose styles have often been compared to hers.
How Did Billie Eilish Become Famous?
The widely acclaimed song, Ocean Eyes was Eilish’s ticket to stardom. It all began in October 2015 with her brother Finneas writing the song for his band to perform and wound up giving it to his sister who recorded the song and it turned out to be one of her best.
Soon after the song was released and uploaded on online music platform SoundCloud, her audience began to grow. With the release of a video for the song in 2016, her fan base grew even further and reached a critical mass that some established record labels took notice and she got herself a deal with The Darkroom and Interscope Records. That same year, Ocean Eyes made it into the Billboard Hot 100.
2017 was a busy year for Billie Eilish, first, she released an Extended Play (EP) that had four remixes of Ocean Eyes. Later that year, she went on to release another single titled Bellyache and shot a video for the song. She also contributed a soundtrack to 13 reasons Why, a Netflix series which she titled Bored. After that came other singles, titled Copycat and Watch.
Not one to rest on her laurels, she released another EP that same year. This one included songs like My Boy and I Don’t Wanna Be You Anymore among others. The success of the EP led Apple Music to make her an Up Next artist.
Eilish went on tour in 2018. Later on, she and Khalid released a single titled Lovely. Some of her other singles released in 2018 include When the Party’s Over, You Should See Me in a Crown, Come Out and Play and Bitches Broken Hearts.
Billie Eilish’s debut album was released in 2019 with the title When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The album includes songs like Bury a Friend which got up to number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Others include When I Was Older and Wish You Were Gay which went platinum. All the songs on the album made it into the Billboard 100 singles chart, making her the female artist with the most number of songs on the chart at the same time. She also became the youngest artist to top the chart with her single Bad Guy. She started another tour titled When We All Fall Asleep in 2019.