Hayley Nichole Williams (born
December 27, 1988) is an American
singer and songwriter. She is the lead
vocalist of the American rock band
In 2002, at the age of 13, Williams
moved from her hometown, Meridian,
Mississippi, to Franklin, Tennessee.
She met band members Josh and Zac
Farro in her new school. While
still in school, she tried out for a local
funk cover band The Factory, in which
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.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 alternative rock music.
Williams on Fall US Tour, 2009.
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 debut
album 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
In the 2007 Kerrang! Readers' Poll she
finished second to Evanescence's Amy
Lee in the "Sexiest Female" category.