American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell was born on December 18, 2001, in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in an artistic household (both her parents are actors), Billie was encouraged to pursue her interests, mainly centered in music. She took songwriting lessons from her mother and learned how to play the ukulele since little. Billie wrote her first song at the age of eleven. She also went to dance school, which she had to give up due to an injury, and tried acting but didn’t like it, becoming instead a voice actor for background dialogue in movies and TV shows.
In 2015, Billie teamed up with her brother, Finneas O’Connell, also a singer and producer, to record several songs, which would then be uploaded to online platform Soundcloud. Her single, “Ocean Eyes,” had thousands of streams within its first few weeks and caught the attention of her brother’s manager, who realized her musical potential. In 2016, Eilish was signed to Platoon, a company that helps aspiring artists before they get contracts with big record labels. After the success of her second single, “Six Feet Under,” written and produced by Finneas as well, Billie released her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, in 2017. That same year, one of her songs, “Bored,” was featured on the soundtrack for Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. To promote her music, Eilish embarked on two national tours, the Don’t Smile at Me Tour (2017) and later the Where’s My Mind Tour (2018).
Billie released her first studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, in 2019, to widespread acclaim and commercial success. The album was one of the best-selling albums of the year, topping both the U.S. Billboard 200 and UK Chart. The record spanned several top-charting singles, such as “Bad Guy,” and went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Billie became the youngest artist ever at the age of seventeen to have been nominated for the top four categories at the Grammy Awards. In April 2019, she began her When We All Fall Asleep Tour and later that year announced her first world tour.
In 2020, Eilish was chosen to perform the title track for the latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die, in collaboration with her brother. The song was Billie’s first number-one single in the UK and won her the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Eilish helped to raise funds through a livestream concert titled Where Do We Go? The Livestream. In 2021, her song “Lo Vas a Olvidar,” featuring Spanish singer Rosalía appeared on HBO’s Euphoria soundtrack. A documentary film centered on the artist’s life and her rise to fame, called Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, debuted on Apple TV+ and some movie theaters in February 2021.
Eilish released her second studio album in July 2021. Happier Than Ever turned into a top-charting album around the world and received seven Grammy Award nominations. Billie collaborated with Disney+ to produce a concert film, Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles, in which she sang all of the album’s tracks. The film was released on the streaming platform in September 2021, followed by the Happier Than Ever, The World Tour, lasting from February to September 2022. Regarded by the media as the “Queen of Gen-Z Pop,” Billie Eilish has become, in just a short period of time, one of the world’s most successful young singers, with an extensive musical career that includes more than thirty singles and numerous accolades under her belt.