Born Name Hayley Nichole Williams
Nick Name Spongebob, Sponge, Hayles, Hbomb
Occupation Singer songwriter musician
Years active 2003–present
Age: 30 years and 3 months
Sun Sign Capricorn
Hair Color She dyes her hair as bright red-orange. She told Spin that her natural hair color is light brown or blonde.
Eye Color Green
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Measurements 34-25-34 in or 86-63.5-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Frequently changing her hair color with bright colors
Uses colorful microphone
Unique clothing style
Genres: Alternative rock, pop punk, pop rock, power pop, emo pop, emo
Instruments: Vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar, drums
Labels: Fueled by Ramen Atlantic
Associated acts: Paramore
Williams has attended some school in Mississippi, where she was born. Later, she moved to Tennessee and went to different school, where she met her future band members, The Farro brothers.
After that, she faced bullying and so was home schooled.
Father – Joey Williams
Mother – Christie Williams
Siblings – Erica Williams (Younger step-sister), McKayla Williams (Younger step-sister), Jiana (Younger step-sister), Anthony (Younger step-brother)
Hayley’s all siblings are from her mother’s other marriages.
Hayley Williams moved to Franklin, Tennessee after her parents divorced when she was 14. In 2004, she formed Paramore alongside Josh Farro, Zac Farro, and Jeremy Davis. The band currently consists of Hayley Williams, Zac Farro and Taylor York. The band has five studio albums: All We Know Is Falling (2005), Riot! (2007), Brand New Eyes (2009), Paramore (2013) and After Laughter (2017).
Williams recorded the song “Teenagers” for the soundtrack of Jennifer’s Body (2009) and has made numerous collaborations with artists such as October Fall, The Chariot, Set Your Goals and New Found Glory. In 2010, she was featured on the single ” Airplanes ” by B.o.B. “Airplanes” peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, the song topped the charts in New Zealand and the United Kingdom and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Canada and the Republic of Ireland. A sequel to the song, “Airplanes, Part II”, features new verses from B.o.B, and a verse from fellow American rapper Eminem, while Williams’s vocals remain the same. This collaboration led to a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams
Hayley was found by the above two managers and was immediately signed for a two-year production deal.
In 2015, Williams launched the online beauty and music series “Kiss-Off” on Popular TV. Also in 2016, Williams launched her own hair dye company, Good Dye Young.
Hayley Williams was born to Joey and Cristi Williams, on December 27, 1988.
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.
Shortly after arriving, she began taking vocal lessons with Brett Manning.
While still at school she tried out for a local funk cover band, The Factory, where she met Jeremy Davis.
Hayley 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.
According to Williams, the name “Paramore” came from the maiden name of the mother of one of their first bass players.
Once the group learned the meaning of the homophone “paramour” (“secret lover”), they decided to adopt the name, using the Paramore spelling.
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 website, 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, Hayley Williams 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, Hayley 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.
Hayley Williams is a soprano with a four-octave range, including the whistle register, and is noted for her acrobatic singing style with vocal qualities described as lithe and versatile. She also possesses a slight country twang in some of her works.
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, alongside her hair and makeup artist, Brian O’Connor.
The colors offered by the company include an orange, Riot!; a pink, Ex-Girl; a blue, Blue Ruin; a yellow, Steal My Sunshine; a red, Rock Lobster; a purple, PPL Eater; a green, Kowabunga; a teal, Narwhal; and a black, None More Black.
In 2017, Good Dye Young launched a temporary hair dye line, that disappears after one wash, called Poser Paste. The paste colors include orange, blue, pink and yellow. The colors can be mixed to create custom shades.
Hayley 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.
Beginning in 2008, she had 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.
The couple announced on July 1, 2017 that they were separated.
Williams has been vocal about her choice not to smoke, drink, or use recreational drugs.
Williams cites artists such as The Cure, Saves the Day, MewithoutYou, Slick Shoes, The Chariot, Now, Now, No Doubt, Fireworks, Set Your Goals, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Jawbreaker, H2O, Lemuria and The Swellers as her favorite bands.
Some of her other influences include NSYNC, Beyoncé, Debbie Harry, Björk, Siouxsie Sioux and The Distillers.
Hayley Williams (as a founding member of the band Paramore) released her first album All We Know Is Falling on July 26, 2005 via “Fueled by Ramen”. The album reached #8 in UK Rock Chart and was certified as Gold in UK.
It sold more than 530,000 copies, just in USA.
Hayley Williams has appeared in TV movie documentary Paramore: Born for This in 2007 as herself.
In 2009, she appeared in another short movie Paramore’s ‘Brick by Boring Brick’ as herself.
Hayley claims that giving performances on stage is the best workout for her. The continuous motivation from her fans keeps her going and an hour long cardio session makes her feel good.
When at home, she enjoys having ice creams and candies. But, she eats in moderation. When on tour, she strictly stays away from these sweet products. Her throat and body does not allow her to eat after 8 pm (most of the time), as she gets acid reflux. Hayley never forgets to having breakfast to remain healthy. She drinks herbal tea with an antibacterial Manuka honey.
Hayley Williams Favorite Things
Food – Coconut milk ice cream
Song – Carrying The Banner (By the Newsies Soundtrack)
Website – ThingsOrganizedNeatly.tumblr.com
Restaurant – Granny’s house
Drug – Fun
Book – The Perks of Being A Wallflower (By Stephen Chbosky)
Clothing – Her boyfriend’s old Bjork tee
Musical Gear – ’59 Les Paul Jr.
Timepass on road – Watching scary movies with boys
Body Part – Wenis
Hayley Williams Facts
She has a tattoo on the inside of her right ankle saying “Shave Me”.
Hayley have several siblings. This is due to the fact that her mother married 4 times. Hayley is from her mother’s first marriage. So, she is the eldest.
She is the vocalist for the band Paramore. Other members include Josh Farro, Jeremy Davis, and Zac Farro.
The Farro brothers departed from the group in December 2010 due to some differences in the faith among the band members.
She has several tattoos on her body. The list starts as – one behind her ear, another on her wrist and thigh, and two on her ankles. So, there are a total of 5. The number of tattoos increased to 9 after couple of months.
In 2009, and 2010, she won Kerrang Readers’ Poll award in the category of “Sexiest Female”.
Ice cream is her weakness. She can manage to keep other dairy products out from her menu, but not ice cream.