Birth name Hayley Nichole Williams
Born December 27, 1988 (age 22) Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
Genres Pop punk, alternative rock, pop rock, punk rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Soprano vocals, keyboards, guitars, drums and piano
Hayley Nichole Williams (born December 27, 1988) is an American rock singer, songwriter and the lead vocalist of the band Paramore.
In 2002, at the age of 13, Williams moved from her hometown, Meridian, Mississippi, to Franklin, Tennessee, because she was being bullied at school. She met former band members Josh Farro and Zac Farro in her new school. While still in school, she tried out for a local funk cover band called 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 production deal. According to former manager Jeff Hanson in an interview with HitQuarters, at the time she was writing pop songs with top songwriters in Nashville. Williams was introduced to Atlantic Records A&R Tom Storms through Richard's 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 'alternative rock' 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 in Fueled by Ramen.
In 2007, Williams appeared in the music video for "Kiss Me" by New Found Glory.
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Hayley Williams (Paramore) 2011 Warped tour Montreal