By James Christopher Monger, AllMusic
A multi-talented American actress, pop singer, and songwriter, Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft was born on April 3, 1991, in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of actor/comedian Jamie Alcroft and Japanese-Canadian figure skater Sarah Kawahara, Kiyoko began acting in commercials and taking drum lessons while still in her single digits. Her middle- and high-school years were spent participating in student government, acting in plays, and creating and choreographing the award-winning Aurora High Step Team. After graduating, she focused on her music and acting career, with notable roles as Stella Yamada in the popular Disney Channel film Lemonade Mouth, and as Velma Dinkley in a pair of live-action Scooby Doo films. In 2007 she joined the pop girl group the Stunners, releasing an EP and a handful of popular singles including “Bubblegum” and “We Got It.” In 2013 she issued her first solo EP, A Belle to Remember, which included the single “Rich Youth.” Arriving in 2015, the This Side of Paradise EP proved to be Kiyoko’s breakthrough, with the evocative electropop single “Girls Like Girls” and its accompanying video garnering over 40 million YouTube views. In 2016 Kiyoko unleashed her major-label debut EP, Citrine, which included the airy pop confections “Pretty Girl” and “Palace.”
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