WeknowtheDJ Spotlight: Hailee Steinfeld

May 28, 2017

Hailee Steinfeld. You’re probably heard that name before. Ms. Steinfeld seems to be buzzing around the scene right now – from acting and modeling to music, she really does it all. And she’s only 20!

Steinfeld started acting at 8 years old, and moved into the spotlight when she landed the role of Mattie Ross in True Grit when she was only 13! While I was going through a scene and emo phase at 13, Hailee landed a major role that recognized her as a major actor and brought her on to the scene. You can clearly tell that she is naturally gifted, especially with acting. She did a great job acting so young, and really has only gotten better.

Her musical career started with Pitch Perfect 2, and her singing the track “Flashlight” from the movie. Soon after, she was signed to Republic Records. Hailee’s debut single, “Love Myself” was released on August 7th, 2015. I’m sure you’ve heard this song a million times. I mean, it’s the girl jam and body positivity anthem. How could you not love it?!

On November 13th, 2015, she released her debut EP Haiz (stylized HΔIZ) and features “Love Myself”, “You’re Such A”, “Rock Bottom”, and “Hell Nos and Headphones”. The song “Rock Bottom” was released single as a remix with DNCE and the whole EP was produced by Zedd. For a debut EP, she had some really big names working with her, and that’s kinda a huge deal. The EP as a whole is a great debut, and has some really catchy tracks. I like to describe her style as smart pop – catchy and fun music with lyrics that actually mean something, and you can tell come from Hailee’s own personal experience.

In 2016, “Starving” was released as a collaboration with Grey and Zedd. In early 2017, Digital Farm Animals released “Digital Love”, which features Hailee on vocals. Most recently, Steinfeld released a new single on April 28th, 2017. The new single is called “Most Girls” and I think really one-ups “Love Yourself” for the empowering jams. It’s a call to be yourself, and be unique – no matter what the people around you are like. Her performance of “Most Girls” on the season finale of “Dancing With The Stars” and it was BOMB. And she does this all while continuing to take acting roles! What a girl boss.

As for what’s coming up, a new album? A tour? My guess is that “Most Girls” will be the lead single off of her upcoming album, and I am very excited to see what direction the new album goes in (it’ll be her debut full length if she is releasing a new album!!!). And she for sure is a force that shouldn’t be ignored. She’s an actor and incredible artist. She’s advocating for girls and women everywhere to be themselves and love themselves. She’s honestly hustling, and doing great with every project she works on. I think is just the beginning, and she is just getting started.

What do you think is to come for Hailee Steinfeld? Be sure to let us know on Twitter @weknowtheDJ!


-Tara Howell (@taraisntpunk)


Feature Image by Leslie Crow

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