By Hayden Wright
Many a fledgling pop act have developed material, courted fans and tested their mettle in the American shopping mall. From Tiffany to Justin Bieber and every boy band in between, mall gigs are one of the first signs that young act can transition to superstardom. A few years ago, singer Halsey was one such wannabe with no stage, production or original material to stand behind.
Then known as Ashley Frangipane, newly rediscovered video from 2013 shows Halsey singing Blink-182‘s “I Miss You” and “If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn” by Sleeping with Sirens. Her signature technicolor hair was a fetching shade of pink, and her vocals revealed what the world would come to learn about her talent.
“Like, you guys can totally sing with me,” she tells her friends behind the camera. Watch Halsey do her thing in a Philadelphia mall, before she became a thing: