Poppy grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.She recalls wanting to be a Rockette as a child and grew up dancing, which she did for 11 years. Her father was a drummer in a band, the name of which remains unknown, and she recalls watching his band play when she was very young.

Prior to 2014, Poppy performed at various social media festivals, including VidCon in June 2012 and DigiTour in June 2013. In 2012, Poppy sang a cover of MGMT’s “Kids”, with her friends in the musical group Heyhihello. That Poppy was featured on Eppic’s track “Hide and Seek”. That Poppy collaborated with Steamy In the City Creator Studio to produce a music video for a cover of Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks”, as well as Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You”.

Poppy moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to pursue her musical career, teaming up with director and musician Titanic Sinclair to make a series of abstract promotional videos on YouTube. In 2015, Poppy signed to Island Records, and released her debut song under Island, “Everybody Wants to Be Poppy”, in June 2015. Poppy performed at the Corona Capital Festival in November 2015. She released her first single, “Lowlife”, a month after releasing “Everybody Wants to Be Poppy” and released her first EP, Bubblebath in February 2016, a four-track pop record on Island. In August 2016, Poppy released a series of advertisements for the shoe brand Steve Madden on her channel as a part of their Steve Madden Music program. Poppy released an experimental ambient music album called 3:36 (Music To Sleep To), composed by Titanic Sinclair and herself, with assistance from polysomnographists from the Washington University School of Medicine in October 2016. In November 2016, Poppy became the face of Japanese retailer Sanrio’s first “Hello Sanrio” collection. In February 2017, Poppy starred in a series of videos for Comedy Central called “Internet Famous with Poppy”.

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