Ruth B

Vectortone Presents

Ruth B

Hailey Knox

Wed · January 31, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Ruth B
Ruth B
Debut album "Safe Haven" coming to your ear drums May 5th!
Hailey Knox
Hailey Knox
“Give me the guitar and I’ll give you the truth," sings Hailey Knox on “Take It Or Leave It,” the groovy
lead track off her debut EP, A Little Awkward. She isn’t kidding. Over the course of the EP’s five
knockout songs, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter, who built a considerable grassroots fan base
through YouTube and live-streaming platform YouNow before signing to S-Curve Records late last

year, proceeds to deliver an engaging, candid portrait of her life as a female member of post-
Millennial Generation Z.

“I try to draw from whatever craziness is going on in my head,” Carmel, NY-native Knox says of her
lyrics, “whether it’s relationship drama, being plagued by self-doubt, or feeling like an outsider in
school.” 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
Throughout A Little Awkward, Knox creates a warm, intimate sound that showcases both her guitar
playing and soulful voice – the perfect delivery system for her clever, honest songs. “Take It Or
Leave It” is unapologetic in its demand for others to accept Knox as she is, while “My Worst Enemy”
is more vulnerable in its admission that she doesn’t always feel so confident. “Loopty Loop” finds
Knox riding the rollercoaster of a relationship, while “Awkward” begs a hovering adult in her life to
back off. Then there’s her first single, “Geeks,” which Knox came up with during her junior year of
high school. “I didn’t really belong in any social group and I would escape to the music building and
play guitar,” she recalls. “I felt like an outsider. This song is for anyone else who feels that way.”
A native of upstate New York, Knox seems to have found her place as a performer. Her dad taught
her to play when she was seven. “We have a recording of me at age two singing ‘Blackbird’ by The
Beatles. I can’t even pronounce the words, it comes out ‘bwack bird,’” she says with a laugh. Knox’s
mom shares his affinity for such artists as Ingrid Michaelson with her daughter, and Knox cites the
soulful voices of Tori Kelly and Allen Stone as other influences. At 12, Knox and her sister,
performing as a duo, began posting covers of their favorite songs on YouTube, which caught the
attention of music industry veterans Peter Zizzo and Michael Mangini, who felt they were too young
to work with at the time, but kept an eye on them. After Knox received a loop effects pedal as a
Christmas gift and posted a solo video of Aloe Blacc’s “I Need A Dollar,” Zizzo reached out again
and encouraged Knox to be diligent about posting videos every week and trying to build a fan base
through YouTube, which she did. In February 2015, Meghan Trainor tweeted Knox’s cover of Bill
Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and said: “I’m ur biggest fan" (Trainor also tweeted about her obsession
with “Geeks” upon its release). Eventually Knox gravitated to YouNow, where she is now one of the
live-streaming site’s most prominent, popular broadcasters. Knox was also profiled as a YouNow
success story in Billboard earlier this year, and earned a nomination for "YouNower of the Year" at
the 2016 Shorty Awards.
Knox burgeoning fan base and obvious musical talent led to her signing with S-Curve Records
(home of hits by Andy Grammer, Joss Stone, Leslie Odom, Jr., We The Kings, Fountains of Wayne
etc). She then went into the studio with producers Mangini (Joss Stone, Diane Birch), Zizzo (Avril
Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton) and S-Curve’s Steve Greenberg (Andy Grammer, Joss Stone) to record
the songs that comprise A Little Awkward, which will be released on June 24th. “Music is my
escape,” Knox says. “Just picking up a guitar and jamming is my favorite thing to do. That’s how
these songs came to be and it’s cool to finally share them with the world.”
Venue Information:
Cosmic Charlie's
723 National Ave
Lexington, KY, 40502