Like so many young pop stars these days, New York-based singer-songwriter Hailey Knox burst onto the national scene by posting renditions of pop hits on YouTube. But Hailey Knox isn’t your run-of-the-mill YouTube star. She is a talented songwriter, a skilled guitarist and her voice immediately commands respect and reflects genuine care. Think Fiona Apple with a guitar.
She also didn’t just sit in front of her computer waiting for a break, Knox paid her dues playing in coffee shops and open mics with her sister Samantha as The Knox Sisters. But after she posted a cover of A Great Big World’s “Say Something” in 2014, the great big world began to take notice. In 2015 Hailey signed with S-Curve Records and released her debut EP, A Little Awkward, in 2016. Here at AXS, we thought we would take a look at this up and coming star’s catalog so far. Here are the top five best Hailey Knox songs.
The title track of sorts from Knox’s debut EP, “Awkward” comments on the maladroit nature of modern love. Be sure to click on the link above to check out the lyric video for the track. In it, Hailey pays homage to the promotional video for Bob Dylan’s 1965 classic “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” with a modern twist.
4. “My Worst Enemy”
Also from A Little Awkward, “My Worst Enemy” addresses a problem many people face. As the old adage goes, “you’re your own worst critic,” which is exactly what Hailey is singing about in this song. She also exhibits some great guitar work on this stripped down acoustic number.
This song gives hope to everyone out there who dares to be different, because, in the grand scheme of things, it’s those who are different that make this world a beautiful place. “We know what we’re worth,” Knox sings. “And you’ll get what you deserve/When the geeks inherit the earth.” Hailey’s stellar guitar playing also enjoys a great string arrangement as accompaniment on this track.
2. “Take It Or Leave It”
This funky number from Knox’s debut EP speaks about individuality and never compromising that individuality. “I am what I am,” Knox sings on the chorus, “Take it or leave it.” The song also gives Knox a chance to show off her soulful vocals.
1. “Don’t Got One”
Knox’s first single of 2018, “Don’t Got One” features some great dichotomous word play from Knox. While the song still features Hailey’s guitar, the track is a bit more of a pop production than some of her previous work. Be sure to check out the official video by clicking on the link above.
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