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Billy Carter started in 2011 as a two-piece acoustic project by Jiwon Kim(Vocalist) and Jina Kim(Guitarist) and took its current rock trio form when Hyunjoon Lee(Drummer) was added on the band in 2014. Soon after, Billy Carter released their first untitled EP, commonly called “The Red,” and were chosen as the Rookie of the Year by K-Rookies KOCCA, a Korean government organization charged with supporting culture and art. They were also featured in many popular Korean music websites, such as Y, Diffsound, and Naver Music. “The Red” was nominated for three 2015 Korean Music Awards: Rookie of the Year, Best Rock Music of the Year, and Best Rock Album of the Year.

In 2016, Billy Carter released their second untitled EP, an acoustic album referred to as “The Yellow,” and their first full length album, "Here I Am,” which once again led to nominations for Korean Music Awards. Since then, they have toured heavily throughout South Korea, with appearances on TV shows and music festivals, and completed their first international tour in Europe, which included playing at Primavera Pro Festival in Spain. Through all of this, the band has continued to develop their unique three-piece sans-bass rock sound.

Following the release of “Here I Am,” Billy Carter spent nearly a year working on the third and fourth installments of their ongoing EP series, which were concurrently released in December 2017. The two EPs are filled with powerful, dark, and beautiful songs that address some of the most difficult and intimate experiences of life: finding closure in life as death approaches, an end which leads to a new beginning, hope that gives great agony and despair but can also bring sweet relief, Billy Carter uses these stories like a double-edged sword in the eight songs of the two EPs. “The Orange,” meant to represent flowers, contains the band’s heavy and energetic sound with straightforward talk about the fierce everyday battles of life. “The Green,” symbolic of grass, shows their spiritual side. It combines stories of birth and death through the sense of stillness and deeper sound in an attempt to find the nexus of various situations usually seen as standing apart at extremes.

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