Sky Tonia Ferreira (born July 8, 1992) is an American singer-songwriter, model, and actress. As a teenager, Ferreira began uploading videos on Myspace of herself singing songs she had written, which led to her discovery by producers Bloodshy & Avant and an eventual recording contract with Parlophone in 2009. She released her first extended play, As If!, in 2011, which combined elements of electropop and dance music. Ferreira’s second extended play Ghost (2012), however, incorporated pop with more stripped-down song structures and featured collaborations with Jon Brion and Shirley Manson, as well as the critically acclaimed track “Everything Is Embarrassing”, which she composed with Dev Hynes.
After multiple delays and disputes with her record label, Ferreira’s debut studio album Night Time, My Time was released on October 29, 2013, and marked a departure from her former style, incorporating more experimental indie rock with synthpop elements. The album was preceded by its lead single “You’re Not the One”. That year, she ventured into the film industry after appearing in Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and garnered media attention after being arrested for drug possession. She was exposed to a mainstream audience after having been announced as an opening act for the international Bangerz Tour, headlined by Miley Cyrus, which began on February 14, 2014.
Ferreira’s earlier work incorporated elements of dance-pop, while her recent projects experiment with acoustic, new wave and primarily indie rock musical styles. Her lyrical content originally incorporated themes of rebellion and teenage romance, and has since evolved to discuss personal insecurities and more mature romantic themes. Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, she has modeled for several brands and magazines, including serving as the spokeswoman for the hair care brand Redken in 2014.
- 1 Life and career
- 1.1 Early life and career beginnings
- 1.2 2011–12: As If! and Ghost
- 1.3 2013–14: Night Time, My Time and support touring
- 1.4 2015–present: Masochism and upcoming film roles
- 2 Musical style
- 2.1 Influences
- 3 Philanthropy
- 4 Discography
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Tours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Life and career
Early life and career beginnings
Sky Tonia Ferreira was born on July 8, 1992 in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California. About her mixed background, Ferreira has stated that “My dad is Brazilian and Portuguese and my mom is Native American. It’s funny because I came out looking like, pretty white.”
Ferreira was largely raised by her grandmother, who had been Michael Jackson’s personal hairstylist for over 30 years. She commented, saying: “I was raised around him, I always saw him [and] had holidays with him and stuff like that”, adding that she was unaware of his fame until she was 13 years old. Ferreira expressed interest in singing as a child and, with Jackson’s encouragement, Ferreira’s grandmother enrolled her in opera lessons. Ferreira has stated that she was sexually assaulted in her adolescence twice, firstly involving a neighbor, and secondly in an incident that involved a stranger who had broken into her home. In an interview with Rookie, Ferreira said: “I’ve never said anything [about this publicly] because I don’t want it to define me, but I feel like it’s appropriate to say something [here]. People feel like it defines you, and it doesn’t. It’s really unfortunate and disgusting and traumatizing, but it doesn’t make you who you are.” Ferreira dropped out of high school after completing her sophomore year.
Ferreira later began maintaining a Myspace profile where she uploaded demo versions of self-written tracks. Shortly before her 15th birthday, she wrote a letter to producers Bloodshy & Avant requesting that they offer a recording contract to her, which she says happened “kind of right off the bat” after they came across her profile. In 2009, she was signed to Parlophone, and began finalizing the debut studio album that she says was first begun when she was 14 years old. In 2010, she ventured into the film and modelling industries after starring in the independent film Putty Hill and appearing in the magazines Dazed & Confused and Interview.