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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 synth-pop 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 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.
2015–present: Masochism and film roles
On July 16, 2014, Ferreira announced via Twitter that she was working on her second album. She described the sound of the album as “more aggressive” and is working with Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen, with whom she produced Night Time, My Time, as well as Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes of Scottish band Primal Scream. Ferreira also expressed the wish to collaborate with Gesaffelstein. She also appeared in the 2016 comedy-drama film Elvis & Nixon, directed by Liza Johnson, and The Trust, which stars Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood, and is directed by Benjamin and Alex Brewer.
Ferreira confirmed on April 7, 2015, that her upcoming second studio album will be titled Masochism. On May 12, 2015, the singer announced that she would be releasing a film co-written and directed by her frequent collaborator Grant Singer accompanied by a new single with the album scheduled to be released later in the year. Jimmy Choo revealed on June 4 that Ferreira would be the face of their newest fragrance named Illicit. She collaborated with Primal Scream on the song “Where the Light Gets In”, which was released on February 1, 2016 as the lead single from the band’s eleventh studio album, Chaosmosis. It was announced on April 25, 2016, that Ferreira would guest-star in the 2017 sequel to David Lynch’s 1990s television series Twin Peaks. In October 2016, she was cast in Jonas Åkerlund’s film Lords of Chaos, based on the 1998 book of the same name by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind. She appeared in Playboy in October 2016, with the photoshoot serving as a “visual introduction” to her next album. Ferreira appeared in Edgar Wright’s 2017 heist film Baby Driver, portraying the mother of lead character Baby (played by Ansel Elgort). She also contributed a cover of the Commodores song “Easy” to the film’s soundtrack, produced by Nigel Godrich.
On March 21, 2019, Ferreira announced the single “Downhill Lullaby”, which was released on March 27.
On October 9, 2019, Ferreira in an Instagram post celebrated Pitchfork ranking the song “Everything Is Embarrassing” at number 12 on its list “The 200 Best Songs of the 2010s” with a screenshot photo from the list, stating she would be ‘releasing new music right before the decade (2010s) is over’.