Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known by her stage name Halsey, is an American recording artist.
Halsey was born in New Jersey, but identifies with New York. She has two younger brothers. She is biracial, with an African-American father and white mother. She had musical roots growing up, originally playing the violin, viola, and cello until moving onto the acoustic guitar when she was 14. Halsey originally planned going to college to major in fine arts but, realizing she couldn't afford it, she enrolled in a community college as a songwriting major and began to take creative writing classes. When she was 18, Halsey encountered financial trouble and music became a way to pay her rent. She played numerous acoustic shows in different cities under various stage names. She chose Halsey as her stage name because it is an anagram of her name and also a street in Brooklyn where she spent a lot of time as a teenager.
Halsey began her career by posting cover songs on YouTube under her own name. In 2014, Halsey recorded a song called Ghost and posted it on SoundCloud. The song gained Halsey attention and she signed with Astralwerks. She subsequently released her debut EP titled Room 93 on October 28, 2014. The EP was "visual" with four of the five songs containing an accompanying video.
At South by Southwest in 2015, Halsey was the most talked about person online.
Recently, she produced a tribute to Jaden Smith with her Norwegian boyfriend, Lido (Peder Losnegård). Halsey toured with The Kooks in 2014 and is traveling across the US for her American Youth Tour, along with musical artist friends Young Rising Sons, and OLIVVER. On this tour, she has been singing songs from the EP, and singing new songs: "Colors", "Control", "Castle", "Haunting" and "Roman Holiday".
She is planning to release her first full album, Badlands, on August 28th, 2015. She described the album in an interview as an "angry feminist record".
Through March and April 2015, Halsey led a co-headling tour with Young Rising Sons.
Halsey will be supporting Imagine Dragons on the Smoke and Mirrors Tour on the North American leg between June 3, 2015 and August 1, 2015.
Halsey has been featured in a few interviews and performances, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
Growing up, Halsey's father listened to The Notorious B.I.G., Slick Rick, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and 2Pac while her mother listened to The Cure, Nirvana, and Alanis Morissette. She says this has influenced her as a musician and her style.