Hailey Knox

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Hailey Knox doesn’t just sit on the sidelines: she’s become the mastermind behind building and producing her own soulful pop songs. To push her own boundaries, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter has been cutting her teeth on the road the past two years since her debut EP release A Little Awkward, touring with Charlie Puth, Ruth B., and AJR, and making her festival debut at Austin City Limits’ 2018 festival. Because of her live shows, Knox has grown into a powerhouse, building her songs onstage with a loop pedal. Now, she’s ready to show the world the dynamic range of music she’s capable of producing, with her latest release -- the ‘Hardwired Mixtape’. And she does: her latest project feels like a pile of vibrant confetti, sprinkled with never-before-recorded full-length songs and snippets of Frank Ocean-like audio notes she recorded to show that there’s more depth to her artistry. “We called it a mixtape because it’s slightly all over the place, but in a good way,” Knox said of the project. For people who haven’t experienced her live shows, this mixtape is a window into how far she’s come since 2016.

A native of upstate, New York, Knox grew up in a house full of music. She first picked up the guitar at seven years old, learning how to play from her dad. By the age of 12, she formed a duo with her sister, Samantha, even performing at The Apollo Theater. Knox eventually caught the attention of Zizzo and Mangini with covers the sisters posted on YouTube. Eventually, the duo dissolved and Knox began posting solo videos, earning an online following. In 2015, she signed her first record deal with S-Curve Records.

Knox’s latest project is a reintroduction to an artist empowered by growth and the intimate moments and imperfections in her creative process.

Matt Kane