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Hayley Nichole Williams, born December 27, 1988 (age 33), in Meridian, Mississippi, is the lead vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter, and front-woman of Paramore.


In 2002, at age 13, Williams moved from her hometown Meridian, Mississippi, to Franklin, Tennessee, where she met fellow band members Josh Farro and Zac Farro in school. Shortly after arriving, she began taking vocal lessons with Brett Manning.

While still in school, she tried out for a local funk cover band called The Factory, where she met bassist Jeremy Davis. Williams introduced the boys together, and Paramore began. In 2005, John Janick, founder of record label Fueled By Ramen, signed a contract with them.

Before joining Paramore, Hayley was part of a Christian musical group in 2003 called the Mammoth City Messengers. The group was apart of a project that didn't work and ended in 2004.

On December 27, 2019, Hayley's 31st birthday, she announced her first solo project called Petals for Armor, which was released on May 8, 2020.

On February 05, 2021, she released her second solo album, a prequel to Petals for Armor, FLOWERS for VASES / descansos.


Williams is a guest singer on 'Fallen' by Death In the Park (which she has occasionally performed live with the band), 'Then Came to Kill' by The Chariot, 'Keep Dreaming Upside Down' by October Fall, 'Tangled Up' by New Found Glory, 'The Church Channel' and 'Plea' by Say Anything, and 'The Few That Remain' by Set Your Goals, and appeared, along with the band, 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. She also appears as a playable character in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour. On October 2, during Brand New Eyes Fall US Tour, it was announced that a few tour dates were postponed due to Hayley Williams becoming infected with laryngitis. Hayley had written the song 'Teenagers' by herself as a track for the film Jennifer's Body. The song was once played by Paramore, though it was never officially released.  

Later on, she was featured in 'Airplanes' and 'Airplanes II' by B.o.B which was a top hit in many countries. In 2011, Hayley was featured in a song called 'Rainbow Connection' performed by Weezer and herself. The song was apart of The Muppets Green Album. In 2013, she was featured in the song 'Stay the Night ' by Zedd. A few remixes of the song and the single itself were featured on iTunes.  

In 2015, Hayley was featured in 'Vicious Love' by New Found Glory, and in the song 'Bury It' by CHVRCHES.  

The latest featuring Hayley did was with the band American Football, in the song 'Uncomfortably Numb', released in January 2019. 


Williams has said that her favorite bands/artists are The Cure, Bjork, Saves The Day, mewithoutYou, Whitney Houston, Slick Shoes, The Chariot, Now Now, Radiohead, Every Children, No Doubt, Canon Blue, Fireworks, Set Your Goals, Tegan and Sara, H2O, Lemuria, and The Swellers.

Personal Life

Hayley Williams had been a Christian all her life and had focused many of the songs she wrote in Paramore on her attitude, her faith, and her ideas.

In the September 2009 issue of Alternative Press #255, Williams and Paramore guitarist Josh Farro confirmed they had been dating for nearly three years before splitting in the fall of 2007. "We didn't know if it would look bad," says Williams. "We were so young, and it seemed like it would look like a big joke," Josh adds. "We didn't want the band to be about me and Hayley being in a relationship together because then [the band] would be about our relationship, not our music. It distracts people from the whole point of being in a band." Their relationship was later confirmed again by Josh Farro in his "Exit Statement.".

Williams is good friends with fellow artists such as Brandi Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Bethany from Best Coast, and several other not well-known bands, such as Fun., and The Swellers.

Williams runs a hair-dye company called GoodDyeYoung alongside her long-term friend and hairdresser, Brian O'Connor, since 2016.

On January 1st, 2015 Hayley announced her engagement to Chad Gilbert on Twitter. They married on February 20th, 2016. On July 1, 2017, Hayley and Chad Gilbert announced they had split up after nearly ten years together and a year of marriage. The song 'Dead Horse', featured on her solo album 'Petals For Armor' tells about their relationship and how unhealthy and toxic it was.

With the release of Petals for Armor, Hayley states in songs like "Taken" and "Crystal Clear" that she is currently in a relationship with someone. She even mentioned have fallen 'deeply in love' in her 'thank you' note on Petals for Armor release day. And in a interview with actress Anna Faris for her podcast 'Anna Faris is Unqualified', she confirmed she is in a relationship - a healthy one.

However, she hasn't yet officially confirmed who's the person she's talking about (even thought at this point it's pretty obvious who she's talking about - see trivia).


Title Award Nominees Result
Kerrang! Readers Poll (2007) Sexiest Female Hayley Williams Nominated
Kerrang! Readers Poll (2008) Sexiest Female Hayley Williams Won
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica (2009) Premio Fashionista Award Hayley Williams Nominated
Shockwaves NME Awards (2009) Sexiest Female Hayley Williams Won
Kerrang! Readers Poll (2009) Sexiest Female Hayley Williams Won
Spin Magazines' Readers Poll (2009) Sex Godess of the Year Hayley Williams Won
Grammy Awards (2011) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals  Hayley Williams & B.o.B (+ Eminem) Nominated
BET Awards (2011) Best Collaboration  Hayley Williams & B.o.B Nominated
Shockwaves NME Awards (2011) Most Stylish Hayley Williams Nominated
Shockwaves NME Awards (2011) Hottest Woman Hayley Williams Nominated
Kerrang! Awards (2012) Tweeter of the Year Hayley Williams Nominated
Kerrang! Awards (2012) Hottest Female Hayley Williams Won
Shockwaves NME Awards (2012) Hottest Female Hayley Williams Won
Kerrang! Awards (2013) Hottest Female Hayley Williams Nominated
Alternative Press Awards (2014) Best Vocalist Hayley Williams Nominated
MTV VMA Awards (2014) MTV Clubland Award

Stay the Night (Zedd & Hayley Williams)

MTV VMA Awards (2014) Best Editing Stay the Night (Zedd & Hayley Williams) Nominated
Billboard Women in Music (2014) Trailblazer Award Hayley Williams Won
57th Annual Grammy Awards (2015) Best Rock Song "Ain't It Fun" (Hayley Williams & Taylor York) Won
Kerrang! Awards 2015 Best Tweeter Hayley Williams Won
Alternative Press Music Awards 2015 Best Vocalist Hayley Williams Won
MTV EMA (2020) Best Alternative "Simmer" Won

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  • Hayley has a Twitter account: @yelyahwilliams.
  • Hayley has an Instagram account: @yelyahwilliams.
  • Hayley has a Tumblr blog (that is currently inactive): @yelyahwilliams.
  • She has written every Paramore song.
  • She has a dog named Alf.
  • Hayley was known for her bright red hair, which has been dyed several different shades over the past few years, ranging from bright red to blonde. Her hair is currently a ginger tone.
  • Her original hair color was blonde.
  • Hayley plays the guitar, but she does not perform it. She also played keyboard live during Paramore's early days.
  • Hayley secretly left the band during 2016, but Taylor managed to bring her back.
  • Hayley had many nicknames, such as Spongebob when she had a gap between her teeth, Hayles, H, Hbomb, and Hayleyball.
  • Hayley's favorite movies are Wayne’s World, Son In Law, Pet Sematary, & True Romance.
  • Hayley's favorite food was Josh Farro's father's walnut chicken.
  • Her favorite, original hairdresser and close friend is Brian O’Connor.
  • She was featured in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour as a playable character. To unlock her, the player must complete Misery Business in Vocalist career.
  • Being the lead vocalist, Hayley is the only member of Paramore to be featured on all five albums.
  • Hayley is currently in a relationship with Taylor York.
  • She (along with Zac and Taylor) has her own signature color for the After Laughter Era, hers being red, Taylor's being yellow and Zac's being blue.


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Current Members

Taylor York
Hayley Williams
Zac Farro

Former Members

Jeremy Davis
Josh Farro
Hunter Lamb
Jason Bynum
John Hembree

Touring Members

Justin York
Joey Howard
J. Howard
Logan MacKenzie
Joey Mullen
J. Mullen

Former Touring Members

Jon Howard
Aaron Gillespie
Jason Pierce
J. Pierce
Hayden Scott
Miles McPherson
Josh Freese
J. Freese

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All We Know is Falling


Songs All We KnowPressureEmergencyBrighterHere We Go AgainNever Let This GoWhoaConspiracyFranklinMy Heart
Bonus Tracks Oh StarThis Circle
Members Hayley WilliamsJosh FarroJason BynumZac Farro
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Songs For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty OptimisticThat's What You GetHallelujahMisery BusinessWhen It RainsLet the Flames BeginMiracleCrushcrushcrushWe Are BrokenFencesBorn for This
Bonus Tracks When It Rains (Demo Version)Misery Business (Acoustic)TemporaryDecoyMy HeroStop This Song (Lovesick Melody)Rewind
Members Hayley WilliamsJosh FarroJeremy DavisZac Farro
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Brand New Eyes


Songs CarefulIgnorancePlaying GodBrick By Boring BrickTurn It OffThe Only ExceptionFeeling SorryLooking UpWhere the Lines OverlapMisguided GhostsAll I Wanted
Bonus Tracks DecodeIgnorance (Acoustic Version)Where the Lines Overlap (Acoustic Version)Brick By Boring Brick (Acoustic Version)Turn It Off (Acoustic)
Members Hayley WilliamsJosh FarroTaylor YorkJeremy DavisZac Farro


Songs Fast In My CarNowGrow UpDaydreamingInterlude: Moving OnAin't It FunPart IILast HopeStill Into YouAnklebitersInterlude: HolidayProofHate to See Your Heart Break(One of Those) Crazy GirlsInterlude: I'm Not Angry AnymoreBe AloneFuture
Bonus Tracks Escape RouteNative TongueTell Me It's OkayDecodeThe Only ExceptionBrick By Boring BrickLet the Flames Begin
Members Hayley WilliamsJeremy DavisTaylor York
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After Laughter


Songs Hard TimesRose-Colored BoyTold You SoForgivenessFake Happy26PoolGrudgesCaught in the MiddleIdle WorshipNo FriendTell Me How
Members Hayley WilliamsTaylor YorkZac Farro