Ripon's schoolgirl star signs fans' autographs at Crash in Leeds

Ripon's rising star Billie Marten, 17, signing autographs for fans at Crash Records in Leeds. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)
Ripon's rising star Billie Marten, 17, signing autographs for fans at Crash Records in Leeds. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)

A Ripon girl who wrote and recorded her debut album for Sony while studying for her AS level exams at school has received rave reviews in the national press.

The hotly-tipped Billie Marten, 17, got five stars in the Sunday Express last weekend while The Guardian said her album Writing of Blues and Yellows was “beautifully arranged.”

Ripon's Billie Marten playing live at Crash Records in Leeds. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)

Ripon's Billie Marten playing live at Crash Records in Leeds. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)

The sensitive singer-songwriter with the delicate voice was born Isabella Tweddle in 1999 - Billie Marten is her stage name - and by the age of nine had her own YouTube channel of her singing online.

Hailed by no less than Ed Sheeran as “stunning”, her debut album was recorded in London and Ripon while the teenager studied English literature, French and Art at Ripon Grammar School.

The brilliant but modest Billie's early break came aged 12 when she recorded a session of cover versions for Ont Sofa, the Harrogate-based music video channel and production company.

But things really took off when this intensely atmospheric performer won a record deal in early 2015 with Chess Club Records, a division of Sony Music who handle Mumford & Sons.

Billie is currently on a national tour to promote the album which took in Leeds earlier in the week.

Harrogate Advertiser reviewer Stuart Rhodes was there and described how fans asked her for autographs in one of the city's most famous record shops.

Stuart said: "After studying french at school in the morning, the tour arrived at Crash Records in Leeds where Billie performed a selection of songs from the album to an appreciative crowd, including Heavy Weather, La Lune and Lionhearted amongst others.

"Showcase concert completed it was no surprise that everyone stayed to have their albums signed and queued for selfie photographs with a modest yet confident Billie Marten."

Stuart added that speculation over the next single from the album was that it was likely to be Unaware, one of Billie's personal favourites.

The rising star recently featured in Mojo, the UK’s leading music magazine, who praised her "glassy-voiced folk lullabies and described her as “preternaturally talented."

And Billie is also to interviewed on BBC Radio One next week.

Earlier in the year she made the shortlist for the BBC Sound of 2016 award.

Writing of Blues and Yellows by Billie Marten is available in all record stores and on iTunes.