Hayley Kyoko Kicks Off Pride Month With Music Video Of New Single "Chance"

June 04, 2021

By Zahnell Pinnock

Hayley Kyoko hopes her new single “Chance” will encourage others to have faith in themselves and believe that they’re deserving of love.

The wistful but endearing song was released on Tuesday with its accompanying music video to celebrate the start of Pride Month.

“‘Chance’ is a song based on those moments when I denied my true feelings for someone out of fear of rejection, and therefore didn’t allow someone to take a chance on me,” Kyoko says of the track, according to the Rolling Stone. “I hope this song empowers people to push past their own self-doubt and realize how worthy they are of love.”

Directed by the singer herself on 16mm film, the video shows Kyoko and co-star Alexandra Shipp (Love, Simon and X-Men: Apocalypse) falling blissfully in love as they spend time together on a farm.

“I’m always starved for hopeful queer stories onscreen, and I really wanted to direct a narrative that focused on the happier ‘honeymoon’ phase of a relationship, to show what can happen if we take a chance on ourselves and have that love reciprocated,” Kyoko says. “The video is meant to portray those first few weeks, months, or even years when you are utterly head over heels in love with each other.”

She also gave credit to her “incredible team of badass women – from the director of photography to the editor, and the producer. I am so grateful for the entire crew who helped bring this vision to life as well as to our incredible lead actress, Alexandra Shipp. I hope ‘Chance’ sparks the hope that anyone can and will find the love they deserve.” 

According to Out Magazine, Kyoko will be participating in a few Pride events this week. She’ll perform at iHeartRadio’s and Proctor & Gamble’s “Can’t Cancel Pride,” a virtual relief benefit for the LGBTQ+ community, which will stream this Friday, June 4, at 9 pm ET. Then will perform live in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for OUTLOUD: Raising Voices, a 3-day concert series hosted by Ryan Mitchell, Shar Jossell, and Hannah Rad, on Saturday, June 5. The line-up was curated by Adam Lambert, who will also be a host, and tickets for the event are now on sale.