PREMIERE: Billy Raffoul Invites Fans To Empathize With His Imperfections in “I’m Not A Saint” Video


Photo Credit: Jesse De Florio

If you close your eyes while listening to Billy Raffoul, his gritty voice and guitar-strumming virtuoso will likely paint the picture of a well-seasoned rock & roll veteran. Upon deeper investigation, you might be surprised to learn that he is in fact a young newcomer with booming potential. The Nashville-based singer/songwriter has collaborated with Avicii and Kygo, toured with Kings of Leon and Judah & The Lion, written with Julia Michaels (Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony), and earned the production credits of Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Foals). All triumphs considered, you'll be even more shocked to learn that Raffoul has yet to unveil a debut body of work.

As we patiently await his forthcoming EP, we can continue to enjoy an enticing sample serving of seven tracks – the latest of which is admittedly our favorite here at Ones To Watch. "I'm Not A Saint" was released on May 11, highlighting Raffoul's knack for raw and sincere lyricism. The new single narrates an honest coming-to-terms with personal shortcomings in the context of a relationship – "a fair warning," per se. Julia Michael gently harmonizes throughout the piece, contributing a subtle feminine air that allows both sexes to relate. Raffoul shared a personal anecdote on the opening line, 

"The first time I got dumped I tried real hard to get addicted to cigarettes because I thought it was a cool look. I failed miserably and it lasted about a week. It Gave me the first line of this song though… So there's that."

The accompanying video portrays a passionate Billy Raffoul, belting each lyric in a form of confessional catharsis. Following suit to his previous live acoustic renditions, the "I'm Not A Saint" visual brings fans closer to Raffoul in the place where he thrives most of all: live. Your first look at the new video is below:

Billy Raffoul hits the road with NEEDTOBREATHE in August, followed by a stop in Orange Country for Ohana Festival. If you have yet to experience his talent live, we're happy to offer a captivating preview with Raffoul's All Eyes On performance video – set to release in early June! 


August 10 /// New Braunfels, TX /// Whitewater Amphitheater, *
August 11 /// Oklahoma City, OK /// Zoo Amphitheatre*
August 12 /// Memphis, TN /// Mud Island Amphitheater*
August 14 /// Rochester Hills, MI /// Meadow Brook Hall*
August 15 /// Toronto, ON /// RBC Echo Beach*
August 17 /// Washington, DC /// The Anthem*
August 18 /// Boston, MA /// Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
August 19 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Festival Pier*
August 21 /// Charlotte, NC /// Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*
August 22 /// Raleigh, NC /// Red Hat Amphitheater*
August 24 /// Alpharetta, GA /// Verizon Amphitheatre*
August 25 /// Nashville, TN /// Ascend Amphitheater*
August 26 /// Indianapolis, IN /// The Lawn at Great White River Park*
Sept. 29 /// Dana Point, CA /// Doheny State Beach