It’s been a journey of ups and downs for London based songwriter Hedara – But she can count the last year as the point where she launched her solo music career with a stunning piece of piano-led electronica.
Pursuing her passion for music from a young age, Hedara – aka Scarlet Billham – graduated from London’s famous BRIT School alongside Freya Ridings and others. She was enjoying a lively start to her music career, performing a number of key shows.
It was only when Scarlet found herself in hospital, expecting a diagnosis of no more than exhaustion from overworking. being told that she was Type 1 diabetic and narrowly avoided slipping into a coma and potentially death – That she realised she had to take a step back.
It was a really challenging experience. I was trying to pretend I didn’t care, and trying to live life as usual – But when you’re told you missed death by a few days, it changes your outlook on everything.
Soon after her recovery, she began working with a number of songwriters and producers, most notably Carey Willets and Jessica Sharman, with who she composed her debut EP ‘Slow’. Since then, she’s gone on to significant support from BBC Radio 2, Clash Magazine, Earmilk and Adidas online. The new EP explores each element of Hedara’s songwriting ability, with elements of folk, electronica and songwriter pop.
“Everything now to me is a blessing, an added bonus. I’m so grateful that I can stand here and just be. Music has always been my passion and instead of beating myself up over it, I am now just taking in every little thing that happens. I’m more creative, and creating exactly what I want and what feels right to me. I’m even more enamoured by it all then I was before. I’ve learnt to let go of things, to see the positive, and just to be”