Watch videos & listen free to Halsey: New Americana. Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known by her stage name Halsey /ˈhɔːl.zɪ/, is an American singer and songwriter. She started songwriting at the age of 17. In 2014, she signed her first recording contract with Astralwerks and released her debut EP, titled Room 93. Her debut studio album, Badlands, was released in 2015. Halsey was born in New Jersey as Ashley Frangipane. She is biracial, with an African American father and an Italian American mother. Halsey had musical roots growing up, originally playing the violin, viola, and cello until moving onto the acoustic guitar when she was 14. The first song she learned… Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm.