Hayley Williams

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Hayley Williams
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Background information
Birth name Hayley Nichole Williams
Born (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 25)
Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk, emo-pop
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, drums, bass
Years active 2003–present
Labels Fueled by Ramen, Atlantic, Warner Bros.
Associated acts Paramore

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

Early life[edit]

Hayley Williams was born to Joey and Christie Williams, in Meridian, Mississippi. She is the oldest of three sisters.[5][6] In 2002, following the divorce of her parents, Williams moved to Franklin, Tennessee.[7][8] She met 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.

In 2007, she appeared 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 as part of Paramore on the 2013 Soundwave

Paramore was founded in Franklin, Tennessee in 2004 with Williams (lead vocals/keyboards), alongside Josh Farro (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jeremy Davis (bass guitar) and Zac Farro (drums). Prior to forming Paramore,[10] the other members of what was soon to be Paramore had been "edgy about the whole female thing" of having Williams as singer, but as they were good friends she began writing with them and eventually became a member.[17] The band has released four studio albums, All We Know Is Falling, Riot!, Brand New Eyes, and Paramore as well as two live albums and three EPs. 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 2006, Paramore started touring outside of the US for the first time, which included a headline tour of the UK and supporting post-hardcore rockband The Blackout on the Give It A Name Festival in Europe.

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.

The band finished recording their fourth studio album, the self-titled Paramore, on November 1, 2012. The band informed fans from their website that the album would be released in April 2013. On January 4, 2013, the band communicated through their website that the first single from the album, "Now", was to be released January 22, 2013. The video for "Now" was released on February 12, 2013. Paramore's second single "Still Into You" was released March 14, 2013 after they performed it the first time live at SXSW and the video was released on April 9, 2013. Williams announced in March 2013 that she was partnering with MAC Cosmetics for the release of a new makeup collection on April 9, 2013.[18]

Williams collaborated with EDM producer Zedd on the track "Stay The Night" as a featured artist. It was released on September 10, 2013 as the fourth single from his debut studio album, Clarity, and the first single from the deluxe edition.

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.[19][20]

Since 2008, she has been in a relationship with New Found Glory's lead guitarist Chad Gilbert.[21][22]

Discography[edit]

Songs[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US AUS AUT CAN GER IRE NZ SWE SWI UK
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)[32] A Season in Hell
2007 "Then Came To Kill" (The Chariot featuring Hayley Williams)[33] The Fiancée
"The Church Channel" (Say Anything featuring Hayley Williams)[34] In Defense of the Genre
"Plea" (Say Anything featuring Hayley Williams and Kenny Vasoli)[34]
2009 "Tangled Up" (New Found Glory)[35] Not Without a Fight
"The Few That Remain" (Set Your Goals featuring Hayley Williams)[36] 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 Dream of the Log Flume" (MewithoutYou featuring Hayley Williams)[37] Ten Stories
"All Circles" (MewithoutYou featuring Hayley Williams)[37]
"Babe" (Chad Gilbert featuring Hayley Williams) Nashville Sessions
"What's His Name" (Domestikated featuring Becca (Hayley Williams)) 5 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
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" (with Hayley 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[38] "Stay The Night"(featuring Zedd)
MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Best Editing[39]
MTV Clubland Award[40] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hayley's Profile". Paramore.net. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ Iwasaki, Scott (May 6, 2010). "Paramore is ready for first 'official' tour". Deseret News. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: Celeb News :: Williams treated to surprise birthday party". Daily Star. December 28, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Paramore Biography". All Music. Retrieved August 16, 2007. 
  5. ^ Jaye Watson (March 6, 2011). "Paramore's Hayley Williams' mom engaged after surprise proposal". 11alive.com. 
  6. ^ Rick Fulton (February 1, 2008). "Hayley Williams takes on Amy Winehouse". Daily Record. 
  7. ^ James Montgomery (September 23, 2009). "Paramore Are Set To Become The Kings And Queen Of The South". MTV. 
  8. ^ "Hayley Williams is ‘Cosmopolitan’ cover girl". The Tennessean. April 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Bayer, Jonah (February 2008). "Born for This". Alternative Press (235). 
  10. ^ a b Hayley Williams; Josh Farro (June 26, 2007). ASL's Exclusive Interview With Paramore. Interview with Joshua Martin. Retrieved October 12, 2007. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Interview with Jeff Hanson". HitQuarters. September 20, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Kiss Me by New Found Glory". Retrieved April 11, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Kerrang! 2007 Readers' Poll". Kerrang!. December 12, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Kerrang! 2008 Readers' Poll". Kerrang!. December 10, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Hayley addresses the solo song "Teenagers"". Community.livejournal.com. Retrieved April 26, 2010. [dead link]
  16. ^ "New Hayley Williams / B.o.B Song 'Airplanes' Premiered Today! – Blog Detail". Paramore.net. April 12, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  17. ^ Josh Farro; Bob Krenchaw; Jeremy Davis (July 14, 2007). Interview With Paramore. Interview with cathyreay. Retrieved August 17, 2007. 
  18. ^ Sheehan, Katie (March 14, 2013). "Hayley Williams of Paramore Partners With MAC". Artistdirect. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ Persaud, Trevor (December 27, 2010). "Disgruntled Rock Stars Cite Faith as a Reason for Leaving Band". Christianity Today. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ Bendix, Trish (September 7, 2010). "An interview with tourmates Tegan Quin and Hayley Williams of Paramore". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ Reid, Sean (September 2008). "New Found Glory Confirms He's Dating Hayley Williams". Alter The Press!. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ Hogan, Marc (March 13, 2013). "Hayley Williams on Love, Haters, and 'Paramore's Soap Opera'". Spin. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  23. ^ "RIAA Certifications for B.o.B". Billboard. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
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  26. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank: B.o.B" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
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  28. ^ "Latest Gold & Platinum Singles: New Zealand". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  29. ^ "American certifications – Zedd". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "ARIA Charts – 2013 Accreditations". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  31. ^ "BPI certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  32. ^ "October Fall – A Season in Hell". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Chariot, The - The Fiancee - Album Review - AbsolutePunk.net". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  34. ^ a b "Say Anything To Post New Song". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  35. ^ "New Found Glory - Not Without a Fight - Album Review - AbsolutePunk.net". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Set Your Goals - This Will Be The Death Of Us - Album Review - AbsolutePunk.net". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  37. ^ a b "mewithoutYou releases new song". Sputnikmusic. 
  38. ^ http://news.iheart.com/awards/highlights.html?article=12310600
  39. ^ http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/2014/best-editing/
  40. ^ http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/2014/mtv-clubland-award/

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