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Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known professionally as Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. She was born and raised in New Jersey. Gaining attention from self-released music on social media platforms, she was signed by Astralwerks in 2014 and released her debut EP, Room 93, later that year. Buy Halsey Merch Here!
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Ashley Nicolette Frangipane was born on September 29, 1994 in New Jersey, United States. Singer-songwriter regarded as one of the most outstanding female artists of the last few years. Frangipane is known by her stage name, Halsey, a name that is an anagram of her first name (Ashley). This was released on the pop music scene in the early 2010s, when it became a trend for its covers and the parody of the song “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift. She subsequently published her debut EP, Room 93 (2014), of which the successes “Ghost,” “Hurricane,” and “Trouble” stood out.
In the following years, the artist established herself as a strong figure in the scene with themes such as Colors, New Americana, Castle, Now or Never, Bad at Love, and Closer. The artist has excelled in her support of the LGBTQIA community and feminism, participating in various marches for gender equity and respect for human rights.
Childhood & Early Life
Halsey was born as Ashley Nicolette Frangipane in Clark, New Jersey, on September 29, 1994. Her father Chris is of African-American descent while her mother Nicole is of Italian, Irish as well as Hungarian heritage. Halsey has two brothers.
She started playing violin, viola, and cello at an early age. Later, at the age of 14, she picked up the guitar too.
She had initially planned on attending college with a major in fine arts. However, unable to afford it, she instead enrolled in a community college with a major in creative writing.
She went through financial troubles during her late teenage years, and music became her only way to pay her bills. That’s when she started doing shows in different cities across the US under various stage names, with “Halsey” becoming the most popular one.
As an electropop artist, she received inspiration from both her parents. Her father used to listen to Notorious B.I.G. and Slick Rick, while her mother used to listen to The Cure, Alanis Morisette, as well as Nirvana. She was also inspired by Kanye West, Amy Winehouse, Brand New, and Bright Eyes. Film directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Larry Clark also inspired her.
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