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BIMM Birmingham: Meet the Students

11th July 2017

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We can not wait to open the doors to BIMM Birmingham in October! We’ve been catching up with some of the new students…

Introduce yourself…

My name is Billie Stone and I’m a twenty two year old vocalist from a small little town called Great Malvern in Worcestershire. My musical influences began with Jazz, Blues and Country and I often found myself influenced by the music. Johnny Cash is one of my all-time favourite artists who I was brought up listening to. My sound and style of singing is more in the rock genre now as I’ve grown over the last few years but I still find myself adding in other influences. My songwriting tends to sound country, I believe this comes from my mother who is a very big lover of country music.

How did you get into music/how long have you been playing?

I’ve been singing since I can remember, possibly as early as four years old. My mother is a vocalist and my entire family is made up of musicians, singers and DJs. At a young age they used to drag me around the social clubs to their gigs where I used to perform alongside them, I believe this is when my passion really began. When I was around nine years old I began to play the trumpet which was something that I really loved doing and I played for many years. This is one of the things that really drove me to want a career in music. I then started performing in musicals and I guess this was when I found that singing was something that I loved doing more than anything else in this world. From then on I began to perform in musicals such as Chicago, Hairspray, Avenue Q and the Sound of Music. Following that I played Princesses for four years in pantomimes. In 2014 I was in a Punk Rock band called Half Way There and then in 2015 I formed a duo called The Daughters Dispute. We covered many songs from modern day all the way back to the 80’s with just a guitar and a bassist. We performed all around Worcestershire doing gigs, charity events and festivals. This led me to be able to work with bands doing writing, co-writing etc. I’m currently an entertainer at a holiday park in Devon and this gives me the chance to perform and meet other performers but still allowing me the time to record rock music and write my own songs.

What’s your favourite venue to play?

There are so many amazing places I’ve had the luck of performing in. My all-time favourite however is when I perform at a local open mic night in my home town at The Great Malvern Hotel where all the musicians from the area gather and play. The atmosphere is so homely and welcoming that you often feel like the room is full of family. It’s intimate and inspiring to see talented people of all ages and that is why I love performing there. We often see a lot of talented people coming through the doors – including Esther Turner who began busking in Birmingham, and even some Eastenders stars, amongst many more!

What are you most looking forward to about joining BIMM Birmingham?

I’m looking forward to being given the opportunities to meet like-minded people and performing in a band with people who have the same goals as me, plus gaining the knowledge to further myself in my career. I believe BIMM will be the perfect place to do all of these things! I also believe that I’ll be given the best advice and guidance there to harness my full potential as an artist.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.