Ashley Nicolette Frangipane was born on 29 September 1994 in Edison, NJ. Her father has African American roots and her mom is of Italian and Hungarian ancestry. Ashley loved music since childhood. She learned how to play the violin, cello, and viola. Later she also mastered guitar. When Frangipane was 17, she started writing poems. At 18, the aspiring singer chose a pseudonym Halsey, which is an anagram for her name Ashley. She started giving acoustic concerts in several New Jersey cities.
In 2012, Ashley finished high school. Due to financial troubles, she didn’t own a home and couldn’t apply to Rhode Island School of Design, where she wanted to study. Halsey decided to pursue a singing career. At first, she was recording cover versions of the popular songs and posting them on her YouTube channel and Tumblr. The channel was gradually becoming more and more popular.
In 2013, Halsey moved to her grandmother and began writing songs using the poems she came up with earlier. At one of the parties, the young singer met a producer, who offered her to record a song for an advertising campaign. She used her time in the studio to record another song "Ghost" and uploaded it to SoundCloud. The song became popular and caught the attention of several labels. Halsey was offered a few contracts and eventually signed her first one with Astralwerks.
In October 2014, Halsey released her first EP Room 93, which included five songs. Two lead songs "Hurricane" and "Ghost" came out as singles. Each one was followed by a music video, which was filmed in a motel room 93.