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Area Teen Singer Sees Star Rise Thanks To Mobile App

Hailey Knox was featured in a New York Times story about the use of an app that is helping expand her appeal.
Hailey Knox was featured in a New York Times story about the use of an app that is helping expand her appeal. Photo Credit: Contributed

CARMEL, N.Y. -- A young songwriter from Carmel was featured in the New York Times Monday about the use of an app that is helping expand her appeal.

Hailey Knox, 17, broadcasts several times each week on YouNow, a livestreaming app. She has more than 83,000 fans, and more than 2.1 million views of her singing.

The Times story said Knox is "poised to become the live-streaming world’s first crossover music star." She has more than 10,000 subscribers on YouTube, and last year signed a deal with S-Curve, a a recording label best known for being the home of top 40 artists,

Knox released her first album in June, "A Little Awkward," and has already been called by Idolator "one of 2016's most exciting newcomers."

"A Little Awkward' is the first look at an artist who balances razor sharp Gen-Z songwriting with serious vocal/guitar-playing chops, an organic charm, and a remarkable live performance that showcases her ability to build a tapestry of sound on-stage with just her voice, six-string and loop pedals,'' according to a release on shorefire.com.

Knox has a 29-date tour scheduled to begin in September, where she will travel to Texas, California, Florida, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and more.

The new EP candidly touches on topics of body image issues ("My Worst Enemy"), being stalked online by her parents ("Awkward"), and not being a member of the "cool kid group" on the first single, "Geeks".

"I try to draw from whatever craziness is going on in my head,” Knox said on shorefire.com, “whether it’s relationship drama, being plagued by self-doubt, or feeling like an outsider in school.”

Shorefire.com's review said "With their savvy perspective on modern-day digital-era culture and references to Oreos, Shake Shack, and Dr. Evil, the songs are relatable and charming, like Knox herself — a blue-eyed, blonde with an endearingly goofy, shy demeanor who nonetheless blooms with confidence when she steps onstage with her acoustic guitar and loop pedal."

“I called the EP A Little Awkward because that’s me,” Knox says. “I’m kind of scatterbrained and I’m always finding myself in awkward situations."

For more information on Knox, click here to see her page on Shorefire.com. Click here to see her YouTube page.

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