Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, a series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week’s spin comes from Jade Bird. The London-bred folk-pop singer first caught a global ear with her 2017 debut EP Something American, which earned her coveted indie accolades like the ANCHOR 2017 award at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival, the 2018 Grulke Prize for a non-U.S. act at SXSW, and even a spot on the BBC Sound Of 2018 list. The fast rising singer-songwriter furthered her reach with last year’s ubiquitous bop “Lottery,” which crowned the Adult Alternative Songs chart for three weeks beginning in March.
Earlier this month, Bird arrived fully formed with her debut eponymous full-length set — released via label Glassnote Records — which debuted at No. 1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.
The troubadour — currently on the road supporting Jason Isbell & Father John Misty — put together this week’s #TBT Mixtape of songs from her youth, which she describes as “not for the faint hearted,” and featuring classic cuts by Americana and U.S. based folk and soul acts from Bob Dylan and Dusty Springfield to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mazzy Star and more.
“My dad was in the army, so I moved about a lot when I was younger,” Bird says of the nomadic upbringing that fostered her expansive taste. “I’m not really from anywhere in particular.”
Give the set a spin and also check out some retro snaps of the singer-songwriter below.