Hailee Steinfeld, who burst onto the scene at age 14 with an Academy Award-nominated turn in the Coen brothers’ 2010 reboot “True Grit” and is pursuing a parallel career in pop, has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music.
Her song “Starving,” with American duo Grey featuring Russian-German producer Zedd — and co-written by fellow Warner/Chappell songwriters Asia Whiteacre and Noise Club — peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 last fall. Her new single, “Most Girls,” which she co-wrote, was released last week.
Steinfeld, 20, was recently featured in the critically-acclaimed film “The Edge of Seventeen,” for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a motion picture — comedy or musical, as well as an MTV Movie & TV Award nomination for best actor in a movie.
“I’m honored to join the many incredible talents who call Warner/Chappell home, and I know that this team will give me the support I need to express myself musically and continue to grow as a songwriter,” Steinfeld said in a statement. Warner/Chappell Music Senior VP/Co-Head of A&R Katie Vinten added, “Hailee is a creative whirlwind, whether it’s in the recording studio, in film, or on stage. The entire Warner/Chappell team is thrilled to have her in the family, and we look forward to collaborating with Hailee to take her musical career to new heights.”
Steinfeld has recorded songs with Machine Gun Kelly (“At My Best”), Shawn Mendes (an acoustic take on “Stitches”), DNCE (“Rock Bottom”), Kato & Sigala (“Show You Love”), and Prince Fox (“Fragile”). She will reprise the role of Emily Junk in the upcoming movie musical “Pitch Perfect 3.”
Steinfeld was featured in a pair of musicals — “Once” writer/director John Carney’s “Begin Again” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” which led to her signing a recording contract with Republic Records and releasing her debut EP, “Haize,” in 2015.
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On our latest show, we’re joined by Hailee Steinfeld! We met up with the singer/actress at a dance studio in Hollywood, where she was promoting her partnership with Mission for their first line of women’s athletic apparel by leading a dance workout with her choreographer Amy Allen. Before working up a sweat, we got in some questions about Pitch Perfect 3, her latest music and much more.
Steinfeld just wrapped filming on the aca-threequel in Atlanta, and she said life on set was just as fun as the cast’s behind-the-scenes pictures made it look. “It was awesome,” she gushes. “We jumped right back into it as if no time had passed in between. Crazy to think years had gone by since the last one. I had the best time. That’s two of my worlds combining, with the singing and the acting. It was a blast. I can’t wait for people to see everything they want and more.”
So what will her uber-upbeat character Emily Junk be up to when the movie arrives in December? “I will tell you that Emily is — and I didn’t think this was possible — even more optimistic than the last movie, and more positive and eager and willing to do whatever it is to make things work,” Steinfeld teases. “She’s very excited a lot of the time, which is great. I applaud it and support it.”
As for her pop-star side hustle, Steinfeld talked all about teaming up with Machine Gun Kelly for their Pop Songs-climbing track “At My Best” (“I’ve always wanted that sort of song”), her “goal” to hit the road (“A world tour is something that I’ve dreamed of”) and how she finds time to record new music, like her just-released single “Most Girls” (below). “When I sleep — I record in my sleep,” she laughs. “That’s the crazy thing: I recorded so much in Atlanta. Any day I wasn’t shooting [Pitch Perfect 3], I was in the studio recording. Back in L.A., I had sessions booked every day.”