Billie Eilish and FINNEAS became top songwriters at a young age. Even as teenagers, these two were treated like “adults” by their managers and their parents. Here’s what we learned about Patrick O’Connell and Maggie Baird’s parenting style.
How old was Billie Eilish when she became famous?
Eilish and her brother, Finneas, have always been passionate about music and attributed their knowledge of harmony to their time spent in a children’s choir. Eilish first got stars with the release of “Ocean Eyes.”
When this song was released on SoundCloud, Eilish was just 13 years old. (She was 14 when the music video appeared on YouTube.) Her brother was also a teenager at the time, with the duo receiving homeschooling for most of their lives.
Since the premiere of “Ocean Eyes”, Eilish has collaborated with Justin Bieber, earned Grammy Awards and an Oscar, and has become one of the most prominent voices in pop music. She went on to release music as a teenager, including When we all fall asleep, where are we going.
Billie Eilish and FINNEAS said their parents were ‘never’ condescending
Eilish and Finneas’ parents supported their careers and even allowed the two to spend late nights playing music. FINNEAS mentioned that he grew up with Eilish and lived with his family.
“Our parents never spoke to us because we were kids,” Finneas said in an interview with Billboard. “They may have had to repeat themselves and explain something more than when talking to an adult, but they never talked to us with some kind of …”
“Necessary,” Eilish said.
“Yes, they were never condescending towards us, nor were our drivers,” Finneas added. “I think our managers who communicate openly with us and treat us like friends, even though we were children when we started working with them, we were used to that style of communication of our parents.”
Even now, Eilish and FINNEAS have a close relationship with their parents, with Eilish’s mother, Maggie Baird, accompanying her on several tour dates and Eilish sleeping “most nights” at home.
Danny Rukasin and Brandon Goodman have been Eilish’s managers from the start. During the same interview, Goodman said Baird still has a big role to play in the decision-making for these young stars.
Billie Eilish released ‘Happier Than Ever’ in 2021
Eilish and FINNEAS still have creative control over their music and often work together on solo projects. FINNEAS appeared as producer and songwriter for the 2021 album Happier than ever, performed by Eilish.
The two wrote music for Disney and Pixar’s 2022 release Become Red. That working friendship is illustrated by “everything I wanted,” which Eilish dedicated to her brother / co-worker.
“No matter what happens, we have always been and will be there to make it better,” Eilish said in a statement. Music by FINNEAS and Eilish is available on most major streaming platforms.
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