You’re going to want to remember the name, Hailey Knox! The talented singer is set to hit the road with Charlie Puth on his ‘Don’t Talk’ tour and HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY caught up with Hailey to talk about Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and her new EP! Get to know music’s rising star, right here!
Hailey Knox, 18, is music’s next big, and HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY sat down with the singer before her private set at The Standard in New York City, Sept. 19. The singer-songwriter has a pretty busy schedule these days, although, not too long ago she told us she was playing gigs in local Starbucks’ in Upstate NY. She’s gearing up to head out on the road with Charlie Puth, 24, (NO BIG DEAL!), on his Don’t Talk tour that kicks off Sept. 30. If you don’t know her all too well right now, you’re never going to be able to stop listening to her after this tour.
We asked her how she landed the coveted touring spot, and ironically, she revealed to us that she hasn’t even met Charlie! “My manager reached out to him and he heard the music and he liked it! I don’t think it’s really hit me yet. I don’t think until I really meet him and actually talk to him, I think then I’ll be like ‘oh sh-t.’”
Hailey’s debut EP A Little Awkward dropped in June 2016, and it’s filled with catchy songs like “My Worst Enemy”, which is actually about how, at one point, she thought she “wouldn’t amount to anything.” She said that most of, if not all of her songs are based on real-life situations. But, before you think she’s dropping diss tracks, she told us that her songs are strictly about her — Besides, “Loop De Loop”. That romance track is actually about an ex! So, obviously we had to ask if she was single! “Yes, I am single,” she said as she smirked. Getting back on track — The idea behind her Bob Dylan, 75, inspired EP video, was a suggestion from the head of her label at S-Curve Records. Yes, she had a record deal at age 17.
We went right into a little rapid fire session of celeb questions, and Hailey was a straight up pro! Her style inspiration? — “Selena Gomez, 24! And, her tour outfits, AH!”, she dished. As for her celeb crushes? “AH, Justin Bieber, 22 — He’s a cutie and he’s so talented!” And we have to agree with her on that one. She named dropped the “What Do You Mean” singer again when she dished her dream collaborations. “Bieber, Shawn Mendes, 18, Meghan Trainor, 22, Ed Sheeran, 25, and The Chainsmokers!” (You can tell she’s really good at this game) Then, Hailey shared an interesting story — “It’s funny, Shawn [Mendes] actually tweeted me and said ‘Hey’ for the world to see, and then he deleted it. I was like s–t!” Hmm…what?!
Hailey was discovered after she told us her mom “posted Facebook videos” online. “My sister and I were a duo and we would sing in my town,” she said. “Once I got my loop pedal, my producers reached out for the second time. They first discovered my sister and I and they told me I was too young and to wait until I developed more, matured more and posted more videos.” And for any of you wondering what a loop pedal is, Hailey filled us in on the secret behind her unique sound (aside from her incredible vocals, of course). “With the loop pedal, I can beatbox, create harmonies and jam with myself. Instead of my sister playing percussion, the pedal allows me to create so many interesting things and sounds.” WOW!
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As for how she’s getting ready for tour — “I’ve been on a radio tour and traveling a whole lot, and it’s gotten me more prepared for this tour … Sleep is important I’ve realized. Just making sure to eat healthy — Avoid the chips and junk which is not easy.” Hailey stays grounded with a little help from her “supportive” family. She said that’s who she spends her time with, you know, when she’s not out touring with big stars like Charlie. Aside from her big tour, she dished to us that we can expect an album from her very soon, but there’s no official date! “The sound of the album is a little more up tempo and groovy, with really cool guitar rips and things,” she said. “Lyrically, I think it’s more take it or leave it based, in that sense that I’m a weirdo so take it or leave it.” We love how she marches to the beat of her own drum!
Incase you didn’t know, she calls her fans “Hailey-ians.” She often connects with her 26k plus Twitter followers by doing personal video Q&A’s. SO cool! She shares a deep look into her jet-setting life on Instagram with quirky pictures and funny videos. You can catch Hailey on her upcoming tour with Charlie that kicks off Sept. 30! Be sure to also check her out on Instagram or Twitter!
HollywoodLifers, will you be checking out Charlie and Hailey’s tour? Tell us in the comments below!