|Born||Hayley Nichole Williams
December 27, 1988
Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
|Home town||Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Chad Gilbert (m. 2016)|
Hayley Nichole Williams (born December 27, 1988) is an American singer and songwriter. She serves as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and occasional keyboardist of the rock band Paramore.
Hayley Williams was born to Joey and Cristi Williams, in Meridian, Mississippi. She has two younger half sisters. As a result of her parents divorcing in 2002, Williams moved to Franklin, Tennessee. She met former band member Josh and current band member Zac Farro in her new school. While still at school she tried out for a local funk cover band, The Factory, where she met Jeremy Davis.
Williams was discovered in 2003 by managers Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams, who signed the 14-year-old to a two-year production deal. At the time she was writing pop songs with songwriters in Nashville. 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.
Atlantic decided to go along with her wishes, and she then formed Paramore with Josh Farro, Zac Farro, and Jeremy Davis. 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. The band's debut album, All We Know Is Falling, was released in 2005 when Hayley was only 16 years old. Paramore has since released four more studio albums, Riot! (2007), Brand New Eyes (2009), the self-titled Paramore (2013) and After Laughter (2017),. 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 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. The following year, she and the rest of Paramore made an appearance in the music video for "Kiss Me" by New Found Glory. In the 2007 Kerrang! Readers' Poll, she finished second to Evanescence's Amy Lee in the "Sexiest Female" category, going on to win the first place spot for "Sexiest Female" a year later in the 2008 poll, 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. 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. When it was released as a single, "Airplanes" peaked within the top ten in nineteen countries, including the number one position in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
EDM producer Zedd and Williams collaborated on the track "Stay the Night", from his debut studio album, Clarity, which was released in 2013. 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. In 2015, Williams starred as the 'Crimson Curse' in Taylor Swift's music video for her single, "Bad Blood", alongside sixteen other celebrities. Along with band member and co-writer Taylor York, Williams was nominated for and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song at the 2015 ceremony for the song "Ain't It Fun". In July 2015, Williams won the APMA for Best Vocalist.
Williams possesses a four octave light-lyric soprano vocal 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." Singer-songwriter John Mayer praised Williams' voice in a blog in October 2007, calling her "The great orange hope" ("orange" in reference to her hair color).
In March 2013, Williams announced she was partnering with MAC Cosmetics for the release of a new makeup collection on April 9, 2013. The four-piece collection included a bright orange lipstick, an orange nail polish, a shimmery coral eye shadow and a beauty powder. Hayley appeared on the April 2013 cover of Nylon magazine to promote Paramore's self-titled album.
In October of that year, Williams partnered with the Hard Rock Café's PINKTOBER charity campaign to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer and its research.
In 2015, she launched the online beauty and music series "Kiss-Off" on Popular TV.
In 2016, after over four years of planning, Williams launched her own hair dye company, Good Dye Young. The colors offered by the company include an orange, Riot!; a pink, Ex-Girl; a blue, Blue Ruin; a yellow, Steal My Sunshine; and a red, Rock Lobster.
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.
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. They were married on February 20, 2016.
Williams does not smoke, drink, or use other recreational drugs.
Studio albums with Paramore
- All We Know Is Falling (2005)
- Riot! (2007)
- Brand New Eyes (2009)
- Paramore (2013)
- After Laughter (2017)
|2009||"Teenagers"||Jennifer's Body: Music from the Motion Picture|
|Single||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications
(B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams)
The Adventures of Bobby Ray
|"Stay the Night"
(Zedd featuring Hayley Williams)
(New Found Glory featuring Hayley Williams)
|"Bury It" (Chvrches featuring Hayley Williams)||2016||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Every Open Eye|
|2006||"Keep Dreaming Upside Down" (October Fall featuring Hayley Williams)||A Season in Hell|
|2007||"Then Came to Kill" (The Chariot featuring Hayley Williams)||The Fiancée|
|"The Church Channel" (Say Anything featuring Hayley Williams)||In Defense of the Genre|
|"Plea" (Say Anything featuring Hayley Williams and Kenny Vasoli)|
|2008||"Fallen" (Death In The Park featuring Hayley Williams)||Death In The Park EP|
|2009||"Tangled Up" (New Found Glory featuring Hayley Williams)||Not Without a Fight|
|"The Few That Remain" (Set Your Goals featuring Hayley Williams)||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|
|"Fallen" (Death In The Park featuring Hayley Williams)||Death In The Park|
|2011||"Rainbow Connection" (Weezer and Hayley Williams)||Muppets: The Green Album|
|2012||"Fox's Dream of the Log Flume" (MewithoutYou featuring Hayley Williams)||Ten Stories|
|"All Circles" (MewithoutYou featuring Hayley Williams and Daniel Smith of Danielson)|
|"Babe" (What's Eating Gilbert featuring Hayley Williams)||Nashville Session|
|"What's His Name" (Domestikated featuring Becca (Hayley Williams))||Five Minutes in Timeout!|
|2015||"Wearing Your Ring" (What's Eating Gilbert featuring Hayley Williams)||That New Sound You're Looking For|
|2017||"As U Wave" (HalfNoise featuring Hayley Williams)||The Velvet Face EP|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Kerrang Readers' Poll 2007||Sexiest Female Front Singer||Herself||Won|
|2008||Kerrang Readers' Poll 2008||Won|
|Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica||Premio Fashionista 2008||Won|
|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 Hip-Hop Video||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|
|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|
|Tweeter of the Year||Won|
|2013||Kerrang! Awards 2013||Hottest Female||Nominated|
|2014||Alternative Press Music Awards 2014||Best Singer|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||EDM Song of the Year||"Stay the Night" (featuring Hayley Williams) – Zedd|
|MTV Video Music Awards 2014||Best Editing|
|MTV Clubland Award||Won|
|Billboard Women in Music||Trailblazer Award||Herself|
|2015||57th Annual Grammy Awards||Best Rock Song||"Ain't It Fun" – Williams and Taylor York|
|Kerrang! Awards 2015||Best Tweeter||Herself|
|Alternative Press Music Awards 2015||Best Singer|
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