A 14-year-old girl with a dancing dream has become a global superstar in front of the world's eyes. A girl with 5 names, Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell, or, as she's known now, simply Billie Eilish, Born and raised in California, she's the younger sister to Finneas O'Connell, a fellow musician, and it was he who sparked Billie's interest in music. As she stated in past interviews, she only wanted to be a dancer as a career and never really took an interest in music or creating her songs until a dance teacher suggested she make her song with her choreography.
One of the oldest videos of her on her YouTube channel is of her performing a silk dancing choreography when she was just 12 years old!
Here is a quick screencap from the video, you can watch it by clicking this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es0Y8ikir1k
Her breakthrough hit "Ocean Eyes" was sung by her when she was 14 years old in 2016. The song was written by her brother Finneas, but this song was what launched her into the public eye and made her known. It was her first single ever as well. It was released on SoundCloud for free and was released to the public. After it reached 1000 plays, she thought she had made it and was content with her success, but little did she know what was waiting for her.
Seeing her 7 years later perform this live at Lollapalooza in front of hundreds of thousands brings me such joy and a sense of pride for her.
Another iconic moment is when she swept the 2020 Grammys after releasing her 2019 album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? She won 5 Grammys that night at just 18 years old with her first album. She received tons of backlash for this sweep, but this album brought her so much success and growth for her career. She became a very respected artist, and this earned her very important invitations and collaborations.
An Apple TV documentary titled Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry followed her journey on the road, at home, and the process of writing her debut album.
This documentary showed her growth as an artist becoming more comfortable performing and being accustomed to her newfound superstardom that was to follow.
After the release of the documentary, she collaborated with many artists and brands such as Khalid, Rosalia, Vince Staples, Nike, and Disney (to name a few).
In 2021, Billie released her second album, titled Happier Than Ever, and it was an immediate success, as this album was eagerly awaited by fans around the globe. It featured a new side of Billie with a completely new look, a brighter version of Billie with blond hair and warm tones compared to her previous dark aesthetic. Showing her growth in her artistry and sound by writing more intimate and personal songs that fans her age could relate to as well.
This album brought a collaborative project with Walt Disney Studios into a live concert film exclusively for their streaming service, Disney+.
Her biggest collaboration yet was with the 2023 Barbie movie, where she wrote the iconic song, "What Was I Made For?" This song resonated with many fans worldwide, and Billie described it as the most personal one she has written. A somber tone that plays during an emotional scene in the movie connects all of the emotions and lyrics that this song and movie have impacted women around the world with.
Watching this girl grow from playing small shows at Lincoln Hall to playing the United Center and headlining Lollapalooza around the world has really shown that there are no limits for anyone. You really can do anything.