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Sky Ferreira
Sky Ferreira the pageant 2013 1.jpg
Ferreira performing at The Pageant in St. Louis on September 24, 2013
Background information
Birth nameSky Tonia Ferreira
Born(1992-07-08) July 8, 1992 (age 21)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresSynthpop,[1] dance-pop,[2] indie pop[3]
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, model, actress
Years active2009–present
LabelsParlophone, Capitol, Polydor
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Sky Ferreira
Sky Ferreira the pageant 2013 1.jpg
Ferreira performing at The Pageant in St. Louis on September 24, 2013
Background information
Birth nameSky Tonia Ferreira
Born(1992-07-08) July 8, 1992 (age 21)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresSynthpop,[1] dance-pop,[2] indie pop[3]
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, model, actress
Years active2009–present
LabelsParlophone, Capitol, Polydor

Sky Tonia Ferreira (born July 8, 1992) is an American singer-songwriter, model, and actress. Ferreira's first extended play, As If!, was released digitally on March 22, 2011. Her second EP, Ghost, was released on October 16, 2012 to generally positive reviews.[4] 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.[5][6][7][8][9] In 2013, Ferreira will make her major motion picture debut in Eli Roth's The Green Inferno.[10] Her full-length debut album, Night Time, My Time, was released on October 29, 2013.

Early life[edit]

Sky Tonia Ferreira was born on July 8, 1992 in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.[11][12][13][14] She is of Native American, Portuguese, and Brazilian descent.[15] Ferreira's grandmother worked with Michael Jackson for years, and Ferreira became close to him when she was growing up, stating in an interview with BBC Radio 1's 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."[16] At age thirteen, she started taking opera lessons to refine her singing voice.[17] She spent the next few years maintaining a Myspace profile where she uploaded various demos of self-written tracks. Shortly before her fifteenth birthday, she caught the attention of Swedish production duo Bloodshy & Avant by contacting them through the social networking site. The producers were impressed and subsequently decided to work with her.[18]

Ferreira is musically influenced by Madonna,[19][20] Prince,[19] Gwen Stefani,[19] Britney Spears,[20] Alice Cooper,[19] Nancy Sinatra,[19] and The Runaways.[20]


2009–11: As If![edit]

After signing with Parlophone in July 2009,[21] Ferreira subsequently appeared in the music video for Uffie's "Pop the Glock" and starred in the 2010 independent drama film Putty Hill as Jenny.[1][22] In June 2010, Ferreira appeared on the cover of Jalouse magazine after being featured in Dazed & Confused, Interview, and Purple.[23][24] 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,[25] Linda Perry,[26] and Frankmusik.[27]

Following the release of "17", "One" and "Obsession" as singles, it was announced through a press release the album would be released on January 11, 2011.[28] However, the album was postponed and an extended play titled As If! was announced for release on March 22, 2011 by Capitol Records.[29] The EP was preceded by the single "Sex Rules" on March 1, 2011.[30] Ferreira was concurrently featured in the advertisement campaign for Calvin Klein's CK One fragrance.[31] Ferreira appeared on the Spring/Summer 2011 cover of Vs. magazine, shot by photographer Ellen von Unwerth.[32] She also appeared in a fall ad campaign by Adidas, alongside Snoop Dogg and Big Sean.[33]

2012–present: Ghost and Night Time, My Time[edit]

Ferreira performing at The Pageant on September 24, 2013

In November 2011, Ferreira announced on her official Facebook page that her debut album was expected to be released during the summer of 2012 and the first single in February 2012.[34] In December 2011, Ferreira announced that she was working with Jon Brion, Shirley Manson, and Greg Kurstin for her debut album.[35] On January 23, 2012, Ferreira revealed the title of her debut album, Wild at Heart.[36] On February 7, 2012, Ferreira confirmed "Swamp Girl" and "24 Hours" as the titles of two tracks from Wild at Heart.[37]

"Lost in My Bedroom", which according to Ferreira is "the most 'electro pop' on the record", surfaced online on March 2, 2012.[38] In June 2012, the music video for "Red Lips" was released, and the title of Ferreira's debut album was changed from Wild at Heart to I'm Not Alright.[39]

On August 8, 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 would be produced by Brion.[40] On August 30, 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.[41] Released on October 16, 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 13, 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 7, 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[42][43] Ferreira stars in the Grant Singer-directed short film IRL as Angel, "a girl who struggles to piece together the events of the previous night over 24 incandescent hours in New York City."[44][45]

In an interview with Marie Claire on June 5, 2013, Ferreira announced that the final album title was I Will and that was set to be released "later this summer".[14] Musically, she said of the album, "I guess it's ten up-tempo songs, all still pretty electronic, although for some reason it comes across more pop-rocky live."[46] On July 12, 2013, Ferreira confirmed to British GQ that the album had been delayed until 2014, and that an EP titled I Will would be released in autumn 2013.[47][48] On September 12, it was confirmed that Ferreira's debut album, Night Time, My Time, is set to be released on October 29, 2013 by Capitol Records.[49] "You're Not the One" was released as the album's lead single on September 24, 2013.[50] A few days later, it was announced that Capitol will release an EP with the B-Sides from Night Time, My Time

In November 2013, Ferreira and Icona Pop were announced as the opening acts for Miley Cyrus' upcoming Bangerz Tour, scheduled to begin in February 2014.[51]

Personal life[edit]

Ferreira has dated former The Virgins band member Nick Ackerman.[52] She resides in Brooklyn.[53] Ferreira is in a relationship with DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith.[54]

In the early morning of September 14, 2013, Ferreira and boyfriend Smith were arrested at a traffic stop in Saugerties, New York for drug possession.[55] Ferreira, who was in possession of ecstasy tablets, was arrested on drug possession and resisting arrest. Smith was in possession of heroin.[53] Her bail was set at $1,500 and she was later released.[56][57] After bailing themselves out, Ferreira and DIIV performed at Basilica Hudson's BasilicaSoundScape Festival in Hudson, New York.[58]


Studio albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
Night Time, My Time45

Extended plays[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions

US Heat
As If!
  • Released: March 22, 2011
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Capitol
  • Released: October 16, 2012
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Capitol
Night Time, My Time: B-Sides, Part 1
  • Released: November 25, 2013
  • Formats: CD
  • Label: Capitol


TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum

"Sex Rules"2011As If!
"Red Lips"2012Ghost
"Everything Is Embarrassing"2013
"You're Not the One"Night Time, My Time

Music videos[edit]

"17"2010Cass Bird[62]
"Obsession"Marc Klasfeld[64]
"Red Lips"2012Terry Richardson[39]
"Everything Is Embarrassing"Grant Singer[66][67][68]
"Sad Dream"
"Lost in My Bedroom"2013
"Lost in My Bedroom"
(Forever 21's Desert Disco version)
Forever 21[69]
"You're Not the One"Grant Singer[70][71]
"Night Time, My Time"

Music video appearances[edit]

"Pop the Glock"2009UffieNathalie Canguilhem[72]
"Wait"2013DIIVSandy Kim[73]
"Diane Young"Vampire WeekendPrimo Khan[74]
"LA Drugs"StarredFocus Creeps and Man Kim Atelier[75]

Other appearances[edit]

"Teen Lovers"
(The Shoes Remix)
2009The Virgins"Teen Lovers" (single)
"Fucked from Above 1985"The Bloody BeetrootsRomborama
"Without Lies"2010AeroplaneWe Can't Fly
"Bang Bang"20132CellosIn2ition
"Black"G-DragonCoup D'Etat


Cross the Universe, AA Cross the Universe2008HerselfCameo appearance
Putty Hill2010Jenny
Wrong Ferarri, TheThe Wrong Ferarri2011N/A
IRL2013AngelShort film
Green Inferno, TheThe Green Inferno2013Kaycee


As solo supporting act



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