Talent to Watch: Chloe and Halle Bailey
Often times a quick scour of the internet’s talent agency, better known as YouTube, can bring a few laughs, a lot of grimaces and a reminder to never let a person tape you doing anything that can potentially be embarrassing. But sometimes you can stumble some of the best talent this world has to offer. And that’s what happened when we found adorable sister singing duo, Chloe and Halle Bailey. Hailing from Atlanta, GA, the homeschooled bundles of talent and personality are making waves on the internet with their covers of songs from the some of the biggest artists in music and they’re in prime position to soon follow in the footsteps of megastars everywhere.
Edge: So tell me a little about who you are individually.
Halle: Well, I’m Halle. I’m 11 years old. I love to sing. I love to act and I love to dance. Those are my passions.
Chloe: Hi, I’m Chloe. I am 13 years old. I sing, dance and act as well as write all of my own songs. This is my passion and I love singing with my sister.
Edge: So when did you all begin singing? How did your parents discover such a big talent in such young girls? And how do they support you all now?
Chloe: I would always sing around the house and I loved being in front of the camera and so it grew from there. Our parents are there for us every step of the way in everything from taking us to the studio or to auditions even teaching us song structure. They are being our stepping-stones and helping us to reach new heights.
Halle: When I was little I just loved to copy everything Chloe did and one day she was singing and I started singing with her and it all took off from there. We realized we both had a talent for singing and we kept going with it.
Edge: How long have you been doing videos for YouTube?
Chloe: We just started about 2 or 3 months ago. Our first cover was Beyonce’s “Best Thing I Never Had”. We heard that song and we loved it so we decided to post it and it got around. We were really excited and happy because the feedback was phenomenal.
Edge: Who are some of your musical influences?
Chloe: One of my biggest influences is Beyonce because she works hard and she puts her soul in everything she does and that inspires me. Also Michael Jackson. Everything he did, every step he hit—he brought so much energy. You can just tell he loved what he did.
Halle: Of course I love Beyonce and Michael Jackson but as far as my older musical influences I love Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. They’re great, great singers. I also really love Bruno Mars.
Edge: Chloe, you said you write your own music. What are your favorite topics to write on? What inspires you to write?
Chloe: Actually both Halle and I write. I like to write about life experiences. Whenever I’m in any mood—whether it’s mad, happy or sad—I write about it. I just want my songs to be relatable for all people because that’s what I like to do: listen to music I can relate to. It’s all about what I feel.
Halle: Yeah. I agree. It’s all about your mood and whatever you’re experiencing.
Edge: What do you think is your responsibility as young artists?
Chloe: Our responsibility as young artists is to be role models to young girls out there because I feel like there’s not many positive influences for girls our age. Another thing is to simply bring real music back because it’s been pushed aside by electronics and party music. People need that real talent and singing ability. That’s what someone like Adele is doing because she has such a beautiful and pure voice—that’s what we should all be doing.
Edge: What’s the most exciting thing that you all do now that you’re developing a fan base?
Chloe: The most exciting thing to do, as an artist is to get in that studio and of course performing in front of awesome audiences. Also connecting with our fans over social media has been great because without them we’d be nowhere.
Halle: My favorite thing to do is perform. When I’m on stage I just feel like I’m releasing all of my emotions. I’ve prepared and worked so hard for that moment.
Edge: How do you balance being sisters and collaborating artists? What are the perks?
Chloe: One of the best things about working with a family member is that you can be real open and honest without being scared of hurting someone’s feelings. You’ve known each other forever so you know how that person feels and operates. When you team up with someone you don’t know you have to build up trust with them and performing is all about trust. So it’s perfect to just be able to work with your sister.
Edge: What makes a person legendary?
Chloe: Being different and unique and refusing to go with what everybody else says. You stand out! You’re original! You have a different voice, a different sound and that’s what really cast a spotlight on you. When you strive to simply just be what everyone else is, you’ll probably be a one hit wonder. You want to have longevity as an artist and you get it by daring to stand out.
Halle: Being great at what you do and being brave enough to be authentic—that’s what makes you legendary.
Edge: Where do you young ladies hope to be in the next 5 years?
Chloe: What I see in the next 5 years for us is that we’ll be making a difference in music. Once we appear on the scene it will change the whole feel of music. You need real singing and music as well as crossover appeal. In the next 5 years I see us doing it all: touring and everything.
Halle: In the next 5 years I see us continuing to change things not only in music but also in the world.
Follow the adorable duo on Twitter at: @chloeandhalle
Interview: Iman Milner
Photos: Derek White
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