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This article is about the American singer. For the British actress, see Hayley J Williams.
Hayley Williams
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Hayley Williams performing as part of Paramore at the Rock im Park in Nuremberg, Germany, in 2013.
Born Hayley Nichole Williams
(1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 26)
Meridian, Mississippi, United States
Residence Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
Home town Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.
Religion Christianity
Partner(s) Chad Gilbert (2008–present; engaged)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Years active 2003–present
Labels Fueled by Ramen
Associated acts

Hayley Nichole Williams[1][2] (born December 27, 1988)[3] is an American singer, songwriter and musician who is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.[1][4]

Early life[edit]

Hayley Williams was born to Joey and Cristi Williams, in Meridian, Mississippi. She is the oldest of three sisters.[5][6] As a result of her parents divorcing in 2002, Williams moved to Franklin, Tennessee.[7][8] She met former band members Josh and Zac Farro in her new school.[4][9] While still at school she tried out for a local funk cover band, The Factory, where she met Jeremy Davis.[9][10]

Music career[edit]

Williams was discovered in 2003 by managers Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams, who signed the 14-year-old to a two-year production deal.[11] At the time she was writing pop songs with songwriters in Nashville.[11] Williams was introduced to Atlantic Records A&R Tom Storms through Richard Williams' attorneys Jim Zumwalt and Kent Marcus, and then signed to the label by Jason Flom. The label's original plan for their new artist was to make her a solo pop artist but Williams objected to this, saying that she wanted to be part of a band and play pop punk music.

Paramore on the 2010 Honda Civic Tour

Atlantic decided to go along with her wishes, and she then formed Paramore with Josh Farro, Zac Farro, and Jeremy Davis.[11] The music of Paramore was originally supposed to come out on Atlantic Records, but the label's marketing department decided it would be better for the image of the band to not have them attached to a huge label. They instead released their music through a "cooler" niche label, Fueled by Ramen.[11] The band's debut album, All We Know Is Falling, was released in 2005 when Hayley was only 16 years old. Paramore has later released three more studio albums, Riot! (2007), Brand New Eyes (2009), and the self-titled Paramore (2013). In June 2009, the band welcomed Taylor York (rhythm guitar) as an official member, although he had already been playing as a touring member with the band since 2007. In December 2010, two of the founding members of Paramore (Josh and Zac Farro) left the band. The news was posted by Williams on Paramore's web site, with Josh later posting a controversial blog post confirming their departure.

In 2007, she made an appearance in the music video for "Kiss Me" by New Found Glory.[12]

In the 2007 Kerrang! Readers' Poll she finished second to Evanescence's Amy Lee in the "Sexiest Female" category,[13] going on to win the first place spot for "Sexiest Female" a year later in the 2008 poll,[14] and again in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 poll. She also appears as a playable character in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour after completing "Misery Business" in the vocalist campaign.

Williams wrote and recorded the song "Teenagers", which was featured in the soundtrack for the feature film Jennifer's Body. After the release of "Teenagers", Williams stated that she had no plans to establish herself as a solo artist.[15] In 2010, she appeared on the tracks "Airplanes" and "Airplanes, Part II" from alternative rapper B.o.B's debut album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray.[16] When it was released as a single, "Airplanes" peaked within the top ten in nineteen countries, including number one peak positions in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Williams performing at the Circuito Banco do Brasil festival in São Paulo, Brazil, November 1, 2014

In 2006, Paramore toured outside of the US for the first time, which included a headline tour of the UK and supporting post-hardcore rock band The Blackout on the Give It A Name Festival in Europe. In March of 2013, Williams announced she was partnering with MAC Cosmetics for the release of a new makeup collection on April 9, 2013.[17]

EDM producer Zedd and Williams collaborated on the track "Stay the Night", which was released later in 2013 from his debut studio album, Clarity.[18] Williams was honored with the "Trailblazer Award" in the 2014 Billboard's Women in Music Awards for making a unique mark in music and paving the way for other artists.[19]


Williams possesses a mezzo-soprano range.

Alternative Press states that Williams "has more charisma than singers twice her age, and her band aren't far behind in their chops, either."[20] Singer-songwriter John Mayer had praised Williams' voice in a blog in October 2007, calling her "The great orange hope"; "orange" in reference to her hair color.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Williams is a Christian and regularly discusses her faith in relation to her music, but has been critical of the judgmental nature of some in the Christian community. The Farro brothers cited differing attitudes on faith as contributing to their exit from Paramore.[22][23]

Since 2008, she has been in a relationship with New Found Glory's lead guitarist Chad Gilbert. On December 31, 2014, Williams confirmed that she and Gilbert had become engaged, after being proposed to on Christmas Day. [24][25]


Studio abums with Paramore[edit]


Year Title Album
2009 "Teenagers" Jennifer's Body: Music from the Motion Picture

Featured singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
2010 "Airplanes"
(B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams)
2 2 2 2 8 2 1 10 5 1 B.o.B Presents:
The Adventures of Bobby Ray
2013 "Stay the Night"
(Zedd featuring Hayley Williams)
18 11 20 22 15 8 20 47 56 2 Clarity

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2006 "Keep Dreaming Upside Down" (October Fall featuring Hayley Williams)[35] A Season in Hell
2007 "Then Came to Kill" (The Chariot featuring Hayley Williams)[36] The Fiancée
"The Church Channel" (Say Anything featuring Hayley Williams)[37] In Defense of the Genre
"Plea" (Say Anything featuring Hayley Williams and Kenny Vasoli)[37]
2009 "Tangled Up" (New Found Glory featuring Hayley Williams)[38] Not Without a Fight
"The Few That Remain" (Set Your Goals featuring Hayley Williams)[39] This Will Be the Death of Us
2010 "Airplanes, Part II" (B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams and Eminem) B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
2011 "Rainbow Connection" (Weezer and Hayley Williams) Muppets: The Green Album
2012 "Fox's Dream of the Log Flume" (MewithoutYou featuring Hayley Williams)[40] Ten Stories
"All Circles" (MewithoutYou featuring Hayley Williams and Daniel Smith of Danielson)[40]
"Babe" (Chad Gilbert featuring Hayley Williams) Nashville Sessions
"What's His Name" (Domestikated featuring Becca (Hayley Williams)) Five Minutes in Timeout!

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2007 Kerrang Readers' Poll 2007 Sexiest Female Front Singer Herself Nominated
2008 Kerrang Readers' Poll 2008 Won
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica Premio Fashionista 2008 Nominated
MTV Video Music Brazil Best International Atc 2008 Won
2009 Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica Premio Fashionista 2009 Won
Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 Sexiest Female Won
Kerrang Readers' Poll 2009 Won
2010 Kerrang Readers' Poll 2010 Won
2010 MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year "Airplanes" (featuring Hayley Williams)B.o.B Nominated
Best Female Video Nominated
Best Hip-Hop Video Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2010 Hook Up Song Won
52nd Annual Grammy Awards Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media "Decode" – Williams, Josh Farro and Taylor York Nominated
2011 Kerrang Readers' Poll 2011 Sexiest Female Herself Won
37th People's Choice Awards Favorite Song "Airplanes" (featuring Hayley Williams) – B.o.B Nominated
BET Awards 2011 Video of the Year Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
53rd Annual Grammy Awards Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals "Airplanes, Part II" (featuring Hayley Williams and Eminem) – B.o.B Nominated
2012 Kerrang Readers' Poll 2012 Sexiest Female Herself Won
NME Awards 2012 Hottest Female Nominated
Kerrang! Awards 2012 Nominated
Tweetter of the Year Won
2013 Kerrang! Awards 2013 Hottest Female Nominated
2014 Alternative Press Music Awards Best Singer
iHeartRadio Music Awards EDM Song of the Year[41] "Stay the Night" (featuring Hayley Williams)Zedd
MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Best Editing[42]
MTV Clubland Award[43] Won
Billboard's Women in Music Awards Trailblazer Award[19] Herself Won
2015 57th Annual Grammy Awards Best Rock Song "Ain't It Fun" – Williams and Taylor York Won


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