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Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira

Sky Tonia Ferreira, born on July 8, 1992, in Los Angeles, California is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. Ferreira is of Native American, Portuguese, and Brazilian descent. Raised by her grandmother, Ferreira grew up around family friend Michael Jackson and stated in an interview with the BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat:

"We just became friends with him. When I was born, I was raised around him, I always saw him. I had holidays with him and stuff like that."

At the age of thirteen, she started taking opera lessons to refine her singing voice and spent the next few years maintaining a Myspace profile where she uploaded various demos of self-composed tracks. Shortly before her fifteenth birthday she caught the attention of the Swedish production duo of Bloodshy & Avant by contacting them through the social networking site. The producers were impressed and subsequently decided to work with her.

Sky FerreiraFerreira says she is musically influenced by Madonna, Emma Bunton, Michael Jackson, Prince, Blondie, Elton John, David Bowie, Serge Gainsbourg, Meja, Lil' Kim, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Alice Cooper, Nancy Sinatra, and The Runaways. After signing with Parlophone in July 2009, Ferreira subsequently appeared in the music video for Uffie's Pop the Glock and starred in the 2010 independent drama film Putty Hill playing the role of Jenny. In June 2010, Ferreira appeared on the cover of Jalouse Magazine after being featured in Dazed & Confused, Interview, and Purple. At the same time, she began to write and record material for her debut studio album with producers and co-writers Bloodshy & Avant, Greg Kurstin, Nicole Morier, Klas Åhlund, Colin Munroe, Linda Perry, and Frankmusik.

Following the release of 17, One and Obsession as singles, it was announced through a press release that the album would be released on January 11th, 2011. But, the album release was postponed and an extended play titled As If! was announced as being ready for release on March 22nd, 2011 by Capitol Records. The EP was preceded by the single Sex Rules on March 1st, 2011. Ferreira was concurrently featured in the advertisement campaign for Calvin Klein's CK One fragrance. Ferreira appeared on the Spring/Summer 2011 cover of Vs. Magazine which was shot by photographer Ellen von Unwerth and she also appeared in a fall ad campaign for Adidas, alongside Snoop Dogg and Big Sean.

Sky FerreiraIn October of 2011, Ferreira announced in a magazine that she is still currently working on her debut album, but is changing her musical direction to a more Blondie-inspired sound, stepping away from electro-pop. A month later, Ferreira announced on her official Facebook page that the new album was expected to be released during the summer of 2012 and the first single in February 2012. In December 2011, Ferreira announced that she was working with Jon Brion, Shirley Manson, and Greg Kurstin for her debut album. On January 23, 2012, Ferreira revealed the title of her debut album, Wild at Heart. On February 7, 2012, Ferreira confirmed Swamp Girl and 24 Hours as the titles of two tracks from Wild at Heart.

Lost in My Bedroom, which according to Ferreira is 'the most electro pop on the record', surfaced online on March 2nd, 2012. Ferreira stated that she will release two music videos for her first new single Red Lips on June 12th, 2012. As of June 2012, one video for Red Lips has been released, and the title of the debut album has been changed from Wild at Heart to I'm Not Alright. On August 8th, 2012, Ferreira posted an outtake of her then-upcoming EP on her official Tumblr page, adding that the EP would be released in early September and is produced by Brion.

Sky FerreiraOn August 30th, it was announced that the EP is titled Ghost, along with the premiere of the track Everything Is Embarrassing, co-produced by Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid.

Released on October 16th, 2012, the EP features five songs, including Red Lips and Everything Is Embarrassing, along with three new songs, Lost in My Bedroom - which was used in the December 13th, 2012 episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Ghost, and Sad Dream. In her debut television performance, sang Everything Is Embarrassing on the Monday, January 7th, 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On October 11th, 2012 a trailer for a film titled IRL was released featuring Ferreira.

Ferreira's Everything Is Embarrassing was named one of the best songs of 2012 by publications such as Pitchfork Media, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Spin, Fact, and New York. In 2013, Ferreira is scheduled to release her long delayed debut album I'm Not Alright and will make her major motion picture debut in the Eli Roth film, The Green Inferno.

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Studio Albums

  • I'm Not Alright (April 2013)

Extended Plays

  • As If! (2011)
  • Ghost (2012)


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"17" 2010 Non-album singles
"One" 64
"Obsession" 37
"Sex Rules" 2011 As If!
"Red Lips" 2012 Ghost
"Everything Is Embarrassing" 2013

Music Videos

Title Year Director
"17" 2010 Cass Bird[49]
"One" Rankin[50]
"Obsession" Marc Klasfeld[51]
"Traces" 2011 Rankin[52]
"Red Lips" 2012 Terry Richardson[41]
"Everything Is Embarrassing" Grant Singer[53][54][55]
"Sad Dream"
"Lost in My Bedroom" 2013
"Lost in My Bedroom" (Forever 21's Desert Disco version) Forever 21[56]

Music Video Appearances

Title Year Artist Director
"Pop the Glock" 2009 Uffie Nathalie Canguilhem[57]
"Wait" 2013 DIIV Sandy Kim[58]

Other Appearances

Title Year Artist Album
"Fucked from Above 1985" 2009 The Bloody Beetroots Romborama
"Without Lies" 2010 Aeroplane We Can't Fly
"Bang Bang" 2013 2Cellos In2ition


Title Year Role
Putty Hill 2010 Jenny
IRL 2013 Angel
The Green Inferno 2013 Kaycee


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