Halle Bailey Biography

Halle Lynn Bailey is a household name in the United States, both as a singer and an actor. Halle is her given name, however she is often known by her mononym by itself. She was born on March 27, 2000. Her work as one-half of the musical duet Chloe x Halle, which she created with her sister Chloe, has brought her the most recognition. Chloe is her namesake. Since the year 2018, the two musicians have been recognized with a combined total of five Grammy Award nominations. She was nominated for the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the upcoming 2020 NAACP Image Awards in appreciation of her work in the role of Skyler Forster in the television sitcom Grown-ish. The NAACP Image Awards will take place in the year 2020. In addition to this, she has been cast as Ariel in the forthcoming live-action rendition of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

 

 

Halle Bailey Early Life

Halle Lynn Bailey was born on March 27, 2000, and she was reared in Mableton, Georgia, along with her older sister Chloe Bailey. Both of the Bailey sisters attended Mableton High School. After first migrating to San Francisco together in the middle of the year 2012, the two of them ultimately decided to move in together to Los Angeles. [ When hearing Chloe harmonizing to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” while she was cleaning the home, the sisters’ mother was inspired to start singing after she heard Chloe’s performance. In addition to that, they started writing their own songs and learnt how to play instruments by watching lessons on YouTube. They posted their songs online for others to listen to and comment on. When they were 8 and 10 years old, their father and co-manager, Doug Bailey, who “trained [them] to do everything on [their] own,” began teaching them how to write songs for the first time. Doug Bailey is also a musician. This was an important component of his idea of “training [them] to do everything on [their] own.”

 

Halle Bailey Career 

 

2006–2016: Early work and record deal 

Bailey began her acting career when she was just three years old and while she was living in Georgia she performed in supporting roles in movies such as Joyful Noise (2012) and the Disney television drama Let It Shine (2012).

When they were 11 and 13, respectively, the two started uploading videos to YouTube. Their very first video was a version of Beyoncé’s song “Best Thing I Never Had.”

The first video of theirs to get considerable recognition was a rendition of another one of Beyoncé’s songs titled “Pretty Hurts,” and it was the first video they ever released. When they first began uploading cover versions of well-known songs to their YouTube site, that was the beginning of their career as Chloe x Halle. The two of them made their debut on a talk show for the very first time in April of 2012, when they appeared as guests on The Ellen Show.

In 2013, Radio Disney’s The Next Big Thing awarded the Bailey sisters with the title of winners of Season 5 of the competition. Due to the fact that they were victorious, they were given the opportunity to make a guest appearance on an episode of the Disney Channel show Austin & Ally in September of the year after their victory. During their performance, they sang the song “Unstoppable.” In the month of May 2015, both sisters were in talks with Parkwood Entertainment about potentially joining the company. Due to the fact that both sisters were still considered to be juveniles at the time, the contracts were filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court. According to the contracts, the sisters “would receive at least $60,000 and advances that could total roughly $1 million if they made at least six albums,” which is the minimum amount they would get. They reportedly became “her first true musical successors” when Beyoncé’s company Parkwood Entertainment ultimately signed them to a five-year contract in the year 2016, according to NPR. They are also referred to as “Beyoncé’s prodigies” in some circles. Beyoncé is the founder of her own company, Parkwood Entertainment.

Beyoncé, her twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz, Amandla Stenberg, and Zendaya all made appearances in the music video for the song “Freedom,” which was included in her self-titled visual album, Beyoncé: Lemonade, and which made its premiere on HBO in April of 2016. In addition, the Bailey sisters made an appearance in the video.

 

 

2016–present: Chloe x Halle 

The release of Chloe x Halle’s first extended play (EP), Sugar Symphony, on April 29, 2016, by Parkwood marked the duo’s first performance in a professional setting. Additionally, the pair was included as the opening act for the European leg of Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour in 2016, which took place between the months of June and August. The tour took place between the end of June and the beginning of August.

The two artists came together to create their most recent work, which was made available to the public on March 16, 2017, over a year after the publication of their mixtape titled “The Two of Us.”

The mixtape was recognized as deserving of an honorable mention on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the year’s finest R&B albums.

The duo published their song “Grown” on December 29, 2017, and the following day, the song was chosen to be the theme song for the television show Grown-ish. After playing Skylar “Sky” Forster in the show’s first season in a recurring role, Halle was given a place as a series regular for the show’s second season. This promotion came into effect with the start of the second season. Her decision to quit the series was finalized towards the end of the fourth season, when it was revealed that her character had been awarded their bachelor’s degree. It was revealed around the end of February 2018 that Chloe x Halle would be releasing their debut studio album under the title The Kids Are Alright. The songs “Grown” and “The Kids Are Alright” served as the album’s lead single and second single, respectively. In addition to the album, a music video for some of the songs was also made available. The debut studio album by Chloe x Halle was released on March 23, 2018, and it was titled The Kids Are Alright. The album was extremely well received by the majority of music critics. Their first single, “Warrior,” was included on the soundtrack for the film A Wrinkle in Time (2018) as well as on their debut studio album, which was simply titled after themselves.

 

 

Along with DJ Khaled, it was revealed on the 31st of May, 2018, that they will be the opening act for the United States portion of the Run II Tour that would be headlined by Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Both of these performers served as the headliners for the tour.

In December of 2018, the pair was submitted for nomination for two Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album (for their album named “The Kids Are Alright”). Both of these awards are presented annually by the Recording Academy.

Chloe x Halle’s rendition of “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show on February 3, 2019, was praised by a variety of media outlets, in addition to their mentor Beyoncé, who was in attendance.

One week later, on February 10, 2019, the duo paid tribute to American musician Donny Hathaway by singing his hit “Where Is the Love,” which was released in 1972, at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

The band released their highly awaited follow-up album on June 12, 2020, and it was titled Ungodly Hour. The album was met with favorable reception from the reviewers of music publications.

The album got off to a good start, as seen by its excellent debut on the Billboard 200 list where it debuted at position number 16 with sales of 24,000 copies. In addition, “Do It” was the band’s first song to be included on the Billboard Hot 100. It made its debut on the list of June 27, 2020 at position number 83, and it was the band’s first song to be included on the chart.

 

 

Chloe x Halle performed the National Anthem of the United States of America for the inaugural game of the 2020 National Football League season, which took place in September of that same year. The two personalities acted as the hosts for the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in the month of October in the year 2020. At the 2020 Soul Train Music Awards, they were honoured with nominations for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Dance Performance, and The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award. These awards were given out in the month of November in 2020. In addition, they have been acknowledged with nominations for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Progressive R&B Album, Best R&B Song, and Best Traditional R&B Performance. These awards are presented by the Recording Academy. They also did a performance of “Baby Girl” at the gala that was held in honor of the 2020 Billboard Women in Music honorees, where they were presented with the Rising Star Award. Beyoncé was the one who gave them the trophy and presented it to them.

2019–present: Solo endeavors

The news that Bailey has been selected to portray the part of Princess Ariel in the next live-action version of The Little Mermaid, which is going to be directed by Rob Marshall, was revealed by Disney on July 3, 2019, and the announcement was made public that day. In addition to that, she will be recording the score for the film as well as playing it herself. The decision to cast Bailey in the role of Ariel was met with criticism, with some individuals arguing that it was a betrayal of the character to cast a person of African-American descent in the role of Ariel. “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance—plus a glorious singing voice,” the film’s director, Rob Marshall, said in a statement. “All intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role are possessed by Halle in glorious abundance.” The decision to cast Bailey in the role of Ariel was met with some opposition. A number of individuals asserted that selecting an African-American Disney has written an open letter in response to complaints that they have received from the general public regarding their casting decisions. Jodi Benson, the actress who was originally cast in the role of Ariel and who later justified the casting of Bailey by saying that “the most important thing is to convey the tale” and that “the spirit of a character is what really matters,” Jodi Benson also praised the casting of Bailey.

On October 1, 2021, at the broadcast event The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World, which celebrated Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, Bailey gave her first solo performance ever. Her performance consisted of a cover of the timeless Disney song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”

 

 

Artistry 

Influences

Both jazz and Billie Holiday were two of Bailey’s early musical inspirations, and both had a considerable influence on his musical style. Bailey’s music style was heavily influenced by both jazz and Billie Holiday. She has acknowledged that the singer is one of the key inspirations that has contributed to the development of her own distinctive singing style. In addition to being a talented singer, she is also adept on the guitar.

 

Halle Bailey Personal life 

Swimming, running, and riding her bike are some of her favorite things to do in her spare time. Beadwork is also one of her hobbies, and in April of 2021, she launched a shop on Etsy to sell the necklaces and earrings she makes. In May of the following year, she went out and purchased a cat, whom she later called Poseidon. Running and swimming are two of her favorite activities. Since quite some time ago, she has made her home with her sister in the neighborhood of North Hollywood, which is found inside the city of Los Angeles. She began a romantic relationship with the musician and YouTuber DDG.DDG toward the latter half of the year 2021.