Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN

Female songwriter with new album produced by Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams/Willie Nelson/R.E.M.) Debut album was produced by Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) and featured Garth Hudson of The Band/Bob Dylan. "One of Canada's rising stars." - See Magazine


"Precociously gifted." - Shawn Conner of the Georgia Straight

"One of Canada's rising stars." - Fritz Francois of See Magazine

"Prolific and incredibly talented." - Gerry Krochak of the Leader-Post

"Billy is a DIY poster girl." - Chad Hucalak of Vue Weekly

"Always stood apart from the pack with true street-level integrity, an almost Mennonitish indie-rock work ethic and outstanding musicianship." - Ferdy Belland of the Nerve Magazine

"(Billy)'s the kind of thorough, do-it-yourself poster girl that will go to hell and back in order to put out a good record." - Lisa Schindel of Beatroute Magazine

"If you need any inspiration to keep your New Year's Resolution 'I shall cast off the shackles of procrastination and actually do something with myself...' look no further than a young lady who goes by the name of Billy the Kid." - Chartattack

"Somewhere between Neil Young and the Band." - Raine Maida

Billy Pettinger is a Canadian-born singer and songwriter who performs under the moniker Billy the Kid. She also fronts the rock band Billy and the Lost Boys and played drums in Vancouver's longest surviving Ramones cover band, the Ramores.

Pettinger has been the primary songwriter in all of her original projects and has collaborated with such artists as Garth Hudson from The Band and Bob Dylan, Randy Cooke of Dave Stewart's Rock Fabulous Orchestra and Ringo Starr and Stan "the Baron" Behrens, who played harmonica for Willie Dixon, Ruth Brown and the Four Tops.

Her debut release The Lost Cause was produced and engineered by Raine Maida, lead singer of Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace. In 2012 she teamed up with Joe McMahon of Smoke or Fire, and they released the Breathe EP under the name Billy + Joe.. Billy is currently in the studio with Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams/R.E.M./Willie Nelson).

In 2010 Billy the Kid began a crowd sourcing campaign to fund her debut full-length album. In addition to pre-orders and specialized bundles, she traveled across the continent to play fundraisers, anniversaries, birthday parties and private concerts as well as go camping, white water rafting and rock climbing with fans. The result was the appropriately titled album "Ours".

Pettinger's songs have appeared in A&E's Biography, Miami Ink, American Idol, My 600 LB Life, Gene Simmons' The Family Jewels, Chelsea Settles, Sweet Home Alabama, 16 and Pregnant, Exes and Ohs, One Angry Juror, Alienated and Canada In The Rough. Most recently her music has been featured in the Showcase science fiction series Continuum and the movie Foreverland featuring Juliette Lewis.


"The Lost Cause" Produced by Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace)
"Ours" Fan Funded Full Length
"Stars, Exploding" Produced by Jamie Candiloro Ryan Adams/ R.E.M./Willie Neslon)