On the road with Billy 'The Kid' Pettinger
She has been singing since the age of two and visiting the UK has been one of her life goals.
Now, Billy "The Kid" Pettinger is coming to Hull for an out-of-this-world performance to celebrate the release of her latest record Stars, Exploding.
The Canadian singer-songwriter's new album was produced by Jamie Candiloro, who has worked with the likes of Ryan Adams, REM and the legendary Willie Nelson.
Billy said: "I wrote all of the songs, except for one and many of them were for Jamie and I to work on together.
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"I wanted to write some tracks we would have fun recording and that would hopefully do justice to his extraordinary recording prowess.
"I'm a nerd when it comes to stuff like this and it was pretty special to me to see him at work.
"Ryan Adams just happens to be my favourite songwriter of all time and one day he stopped by the studio.
"It was totally surreal and he told Jamie he liked my song These City Lights, which is a moment I will never forget.
"Another time he came by and was going to take us for lunch but we were in the middle of recording a vocal.
"I tried to act cool when Ryan was downstairs sending Jamie texts."
Billy said her new album is about recovering from a break-up, getting sober and moving across the country for the fourth time.
She has been performing since she was a toddler when she "made up a piece on the spot".
"The audience was small but supportive and I believe I was first inspired by being a generally silly person and trying to entertain myself," she said.
"When I grew up I realised I was entertaining some other people too."
Billy has had some crazy times and close shaves while gigging across Canada.
"I have twice played on a flatbed truck and Newfoundland is probably the drunkest place I've ever performed," she said.
"I once played there with a man wearing a chicken hat.
"In London, Ontario, I was hit on the head with a bass guitar and had to have five stitches and I've twice been in a van that has set on fire."
But luckily, Billy made it out alive and is hoping gigging in the UK will be a little less dramatic.
"I haven't travelled to the UK before because I wanted it to be very special and to have the ability to spend a bit of time getting to know the place," she said.
"I'm beyond thrilled to be coming over and I feel so lucky to be able to visit for ten days.
"There are so many new places to discover and I can't wait to get to know Hull."
• Billy Pettinger is at Fruit, Humber Street, Hull, on Friday, February 1.