Hayley Kiyoko Eyes the Pop Charts with Catchy Songs & Brutal Honesty
Some of pop’s biggest stars have found their audience through other avenues. Both Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande got their industry starts via popular kid’s shows on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, respectively. They then went on to attract millions of fans and dominate the pop charts. Now, it seems there’s a new pop diva waiting in the wings. Enter Hayley Kiyoko.
She got her start in a series of Scooby-Doo TV movies. She even brushed elbows with Gomez on the Disney hit Wizards of Waverly Place. She went on to win bit parts on The Vampire Diaries and The Fosters before landing a lead role on CSI: Cyber. During her active run on television, she spent four years as part of The Stunners, a girl group that had a brief yet notable run until 2011.
It was then that Kiyoko broke out on her own, releasing a series of EPs that culminated in her first major label release, Citrine.
The 5-song collection plays like a mixture of Gomez’s music with the influence of Bjork. The soundscapes are quirkier and the lyrics are heavier. She sings about depression, love and attraction with equal style and finesse. Her silky voice works beautifully over the top-notch electronic pop production.
Kiyoko continues to juggle both her music and acting careers. In addition to the release of Citrine, she had a starring role in Netflix’s EDM feature film XOXO. Her work ethic and success are admirable. But perhaps the biggest impact she’ll have on her fans is her openness about her identity.
In a December interview with Paper Magazine, she spoke candidly about her desire to speak truth, and capture those feelings in her music. Kiyoko feels this level of honesty is what connects her to her fans.
“My music reassures them that they aren’t alone—that their feelings are valid, that they are enough and they will find someone to love them back.”
Although the industry tends to focus in on the male perspective in pop music. Kiyoko’s story offers an example of pride and self-discovery for young girls who don’t have anyone to share their feelings with.
And in case there’s any doubt about the impact she’s having on the industry, look to an article published in mid-January by Yahoo! Beauty. In that blog post, the editors raved about Kiyoko’s multi-colored locks. If entertainment reporters are already gushing over her hair, it’s only a matter of time before she’s a household name.
Next up for the rising star, she’s working to promote Citrine. The video for single “One Bad Night” was released in late December. Based on the initial response to her EP, it’s clear that pop music needs an open, honest star like Hayley Kiyoko. Tour dates were just announced as well:
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