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Billie Ray Martin

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London, United Kingdom (1989 – present)

Billie Ray Martin (b. Birgit Dieckmann in Hamburg, DE), is a London, UK, singer-songwriter / DJ who made her recording début as guest vocalist on S’Express’ hit Sly Stone-cover Hey Music Lover (1989, Rhythm King).

Billie was further involved with S’Express, vocals on two more tracks for their début album, “Original Soundtrack” (1989, Rhythm King), “L’Age Du Gateau” and “Pimps, Pushers, Prostitutes”. However, Billie came to greater prominence leading the act Electribe 101.

Electribe 101 scored a series of hits, including Talking With Myself, before Billie moved on to continue exploring fusions of electronic music and soul. After releasing the thoroughly scary Throbbing Gristle cover Persuasion (Aug 1993, Guerilla - with Spooky) and “4 Ambient Tales” (Nov 1993, Apollo - with The Grid), Billie found herself with an international number one hit, Your Loving Arms (Oct 1994, Magnet). Three more hits and an album followed, “Deadline For My Memories” (Oct 1995, Magnet).

Since then Billie has worked with Ann Peebles and Carla Thomas, as well as Al Green’s and Aretha Franklin’s musicians on her album “18 Carat Garbage” (Mar 2001, Sonnenstahl), developing her dream of ‘Memphis meets ’.

Billie once described herself as “a kid from the red light district of Hamburg who wanted to be a soul singer and found herself making repetitive electronic music, while still trying to be soul singer”.

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  • Iamjustapeasant

    I thought she's black

    13 Jan 3:33pm Reply
  • thomas534

    Oh, she was Electribe 101 voice! <3

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • discotequedude

    100th play in my library of BRM with the song "Where Fools Rush In (Rumble in the Kitchen mix)."

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    No comments on The Crackdown Project Yet? [2]

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    What a voice! [2]

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Windshield

    What a voice

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • frz0r

    bilie ray martin - honey (deep dish honeysuckle radio edit) is just loooovely!

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • theempathogen

    Armin van Buuren did an amazing remix of "Your Loving Arms" in his Mellomania set for Sunshine Live in 2006.

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
  • AnfunnyFM

    Can fans please vote for some of the photos I've added?!

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • dj_berry

    Honey (Chicane Club Mix) Just fantastic song with so much emotion with mesmerizing vocals. [2]

    8 Aug 2010 Reply
  • hudgie

    The Crackdown Project is brilliant!

    21 Apr 2010 Reply
  • gadget242

    No comments on The Crackdown Project Yet?

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • discotequedude

    Billie Ray Martin is an underrate music artist. She should have way more plays of her many songs than this!

    31 Jan 2010 Reply
  • tomer83

    Honey (Chicane Club Mix) - MY FAVORITE TRACK EVER!!!!!!!!

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Shponglation

    Honey (Chicane Club Mix) Just fantastic song with so much emotion with mesmerizing vocals.

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • currygoatsound

    Thanks for including ONE Luv from chickenskin in the Billy Ray Martin December chart. Here's some more of my music..best to you/ http://www.last.fm/music/CHICKENSKIN http://www.last.fm/music/Tnt+Recordings

    7 Dec 2008 Reply
  • discodudesj

    Love her music. I fell in love with her voice after I heard the Todd Terry remix of "Your Loving Arms" on one of those K-Tel Club Mix CDs they used to sell late at night on TV infomercials. I have liked most of what she did since then. While I do l enjoy her original versions and album tracks, the remixes of her songs are what I prefer. I thought her and Junior Vasquez as well as Brothers In Rhythm were a perfect fit. With a voice like that, she could sing the phonebook and it would still sound amazing.

    4 Dec 2008 Reply
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    5 Aug 2008 Reply
  • realfan10

    Honey (Chicane Club Mix) <3

    17 Jun 2008 Reply
  • PleasureVictim1

    The "Dead Again" (King Acid mix)is so badass!

    29 May 2008 Reply
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