Hayley Williams is an American born singer, songwriter, and musician. Hayley is also a lead vocalist for the Rock band Paramore. Beyond her musical career, Hayley has business interests in a cosmetic line which manufactures beauty products, ranging from hair dyes to makeup products.
Hayley Nichole Williams was born on the 27th of December 1988 to Joey Williams and Christi Williams. She was born in Meridian, Mississippi and was the only child until her parents’ divorce in 2002. She has two younger half-sisters from her parent’s divorce.
Because of the impact of the divorce on her, she relocated to Franklin, Tennessee where she began immediately honing her vocal skills alongside her good friend Brett Manning. Her musical career didn’t kick off until high profile managers Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams signed the then 14-year-old to her first production deal.
Hayley Williams was signed and introduced to the popular record label Atlantic Records by new manager Jason Flom. Though the intentions of the record label were to commission her as a solo performer, Nicole objected to it, insisting she wanted to be part of a band.
The production executives had to succumb to her desires which led to the formation of the band Paramore consisting of top musicians like Josh Farro, Zac Farro, and Jeremy Davis. At the time the band released their debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005, Hayley Williams was just a 16-year-old rising star who found pleasure in keeping her fans guessing about her constantly changing extravagant hairstyles.
Paramore under the guidance of Nicole went on to release four more studio albums Riot in 2007, Brand New Eyes in 2009, Paramore in 2013 and After Laughter in 2017.
Through the over 13-year lifespan of Paramore, the group has had its fair share of ups and downs, its various configurations down the years have however managed to retain one trait – incredible musical cohesion. For a fan who is unaware of the seeming continuous upheavals behind the scenes, the musical output has remained true to the group’s unique alternative rock sound.
Hayley is known for her unique voice, primarily a soprano singer with a four-octave range she possesses a unique vocal dexterity that helps her switch pitches and land on impressive tones. She is well known for her acrobatic and unorthodox style with her vocal qualities being described by many as lithe and versatile. Williams also adds a bit of country twang to some of her songs and renditions.
Analysts and music heavyweights have lavished the singer with praises, saying she had more charisma than singers two times her age.
Paramore’s hit song Decode was used as a soundtrack for the movie Twilight. The audience generated by the movie’s success at the box office translated into the song gaining more popularity even among non-rock audiences.
Hayley Williams was featured in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour as an unlockable character, Paramore’s song Misery Business was also a theme song on the game. In 2014, Paramore’s song Now also featured on the video game Rocksmith.
Williams has always been a kid with high morals, she admits she doesn’t smoke or drink, a lifestyle reinforced by her strong Christian beliefs. Although a Christian, she still publicly condemns the critical nature of some people in the Christian community. Although she has criticized some aspects of her faith, she has never compromised on it.
Hayley Williams and her Paramore band were nominated for Best New Artist at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
Net Worth Of Hayley Williams
Hayley Williams and her Paramore Rock band have been at the top of music for well over a decade, it is no surprise that Hayley commands a net worth of around $14 million.
Hayley had a brief relationship with bandmate Josh Farro before she got married to the lead guitarist for the New Found Glory Chad Gilbert. They began dating in 2008. The couple took it a notch higher six years later when Williams confirmed that Chad had proposed to her on the Christmas day of 2014. The couple tied the knot on the 20th of December, 2016. Strangely, the dating period outlasted the actual marriage as the couple announced their amicable separation on the 1st of July 2017.
Hayley is petite in stature but is a big personality in the entertainment industry. She stands at an estimated height of 1.57m which is about 157 cm.
Other Facts About Her
- Her nickname is SpongeBob
- Hayley is very good friends with Taylor Swift
- Her favorite band is NSYNc
- Hayley has the sign of a cross tattooed on her thigh