5 Indie Artists You Should Hear – Billie Black - Mocha Man Style
5 Indie Artists You Should Hear – Billie Black

Billie Black is a jazz singer and songwriter from London. She began singing at an early age after hearing reggae, soul and disco records at her mother’s family parties (her mother was Sierra Leone’s national disco dancing champion). At age 13,  Black joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and began a love affair with jazz. At 14, Black went to the Brit School, where she was exposed to a wide variety of music and it was towards the end of her time there that she started listening to James Blake, Jessie Ware, Sampha and Kwabs; acts who combine classic vocals with electronic production.

From that point on, Black started writing her own music, putting together a band, and working with producers Imposters & John Calvert on a sound that combined her roots in jazz with bass and dance sounds.

When you attend Black’s live shows, you will hear songs that range from minimalist electronic ballads to R & B to all-out floor-fillers. Black’s EP, This Simple Pleasure, is available on iTunes.

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