Thesis

Chloe x Halle are a relatively new pair of sister singers who positively influence their audience through music , film, and television by raising awareness on contemporary social issues.

Artist History

  • Chloe and Halle Bailey were born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 1, 1998 and March 27, 2000.
  • The sisters were raised in Atlanta by their parents, Courtney and Doug Bailey.  In 2012, the family moved to Los Angeles.
  • Chloe and Halle are protegees of Beyonce.  Their sound, poise, articulation, and aura mimic that of Beyonce, yet unique with their own sound and messages.
  • The pair began their careers in adolescence appearing in minor TV or film roles.  Their success came later with the creation of their Youtube Channel.

Professional Career

Early Career

In their earlier years, Chloe and Halle played minor acting roles in films such as The Fighting Temptations and Let It Shine.  Their musical career began with the advent of their YouTube channel.  The channel noticed them and they competed in the Radio Disney Next Big Thing contest, which they won in 2012.  Multitasking with musical and acting careers, the duo appeared on Disney Channel’s Austin and Ally in 2013.  In the following years, they gained more prominence with their youtube channel and were noticed by Beyoncé, who signed them to Parkwood Entertainment.

Later Career

The sister pair became more popular in mainstream media after performing at President Obama’s keynote discussion, the BET Awards, and Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour in 2016.  In 2017, they were cast in the hit series, Grownish, where they also sang its theme song and miscellaneous songs throughout the series.  In 2018, their single, Warrior, appeared on the soundtrack for A Wrinkle in Time and they appeared on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II Tour.  In 2019, Chloe was cast as princess Ariel in the live remake of The Little Mermaid.  Lastly, in 2020 Chloe x Halle released their second album, Ungodly Hour, with major popularity among social media sites such as Tik Tok.  In this album, Do It became their first song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

Contemporaries

•Beyoncé

•Solange

•Frank Ocean

•Doja Cat

•SZA

•Rihanna

•The Weekend

•Teyana Taylor

•Childish Gambino

•Janelle Monáe

•Chris Brown

Influences

Though Chloe x Halle often appear as a pair, their influences differ.  Halle cites Bills Holiday as an influences of her style whereas Cholen says she is inspired by artists such as Missy Elliot, Grimes, and Tune-Yards.  Contrarily, together, they note their cadence to Beyoncé.

Awards & Nominations

2012

  • Radio Disney Music Awards: The Next Big Thing

2017

  • NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding New Artist

2018

  • BET Awards: Best Group & Her Award
  • MTV Music Video Awards: Best Push Artist
  • Soul Train Music Awards: Album of the Year
  • Grammy Award: Best New Artist & Best Urban Contemporary Album

2019

  • Berlin Music Video Awards: Best Editor
  • BET Awards: Best Group

2020

  • MTV Music Video Awards: Best R&B, Best Quarantine Performance, Best Group
  • People’s Choice Awards: Group of 2020
  • MTV Europe Music Awards: Best Group

Social Involvement

With the rise in recognition of racial injustices and police brutality, Chloe x Halle openly support the Black Lives Matter Movement through monetary donations and attending protests.  Their album, Ungodly Hour, was set to release around the time of George Floyd’s death but was purposely delayed to focus specifically on the Black Lives Matter movement.  Currently, they are advocating for Nigerian people who have fallen victim to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).  Their open support has influenced their following and increased awareness of current social issues.

Discography

  • Undiscovered (2013)
  • Sugar Symphony (2016)
  • The Two of Us (2017)
  • The Kids Are Alright (2018)
  • Ungodly Hour (2020)

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