Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and dancer. She is best known for playing Velma Dinkley in the Scooby-Doo films The Mystery Begins and Curse of the Lake Monster, as well as Stella Yamada in the Disney Channel film Lemonade Mouth. She also portrayed the role of Raven Ramirez in CSI: Cyber and had a main role on the spin-off web-series of The Fosters, The Fosters: Girls United.
On March 12, 2013, Kiyoko released her debut EP, A Belle to Remember. Immediately following its release, Kiyoko began writing new music in London with British producer James Flannigan. She announced via Facebook in 2014 that her next EP was finished and she would be debuting the songs at a show later that month. The songs were recorded in her parents’ garage in Los Angeles with Flannigan. Kiyoko also collaborated with Swedish producer Anders Grahn.
Her second EP, This Side of Paradise, was released on February 3, 2015. The music video for her single “Girls Like Girls” was released on June 24, 2015. After co-directing the video for “Girls Like Girls” (which as of January 2018 has over 84 million views), Kiyoko assumed full directorial responsibilities for her next music video. “Cliff’s Edge” was released via Vevo in November 2015. In 2016, she released the single “Gravel to Tempo” and its music video from her next EP, Citrine.The EP was released on September 30, 2016 via EMPIRE and Atlantic. Her third fully self-directed music video for the song “One Bad Night” was premiered via Vice on October 11, 2016 in order to promote the EP. A new single called “Sleepover” was released alongside its music video on March 2, 2017 via BuzzFeed. Following that, the self-directed music video for her single “Feelings” was released on October 19, 2017. Her debut studio album, Expectations will be released on March 30, 2018. The third single, “Curious” was released on January 13, 2018 with the album’s pre-order along its music video directed by Kiyoko and James Larese and premiered at Total Request Live.