Chloe and Halle Bailey (Chloe x Halle) are speaking up on the world as they see it, claiming the kids are alright. The 19- and 17-year-old sisters are cementing themselves as some of the most ethereal voices on the R&B scene. The pair sat down with PEOPLE to discuss how YouTube covers led them to catch the attention of their mentor Beyoncé and their debut album, The Kids Are Alright.
In 2013, the singing sisters did a cover of Bey’s “Pretty Hurts,” which caught the superstar’s attention and led to them getting a record deal. “Two weeks after we posted it, we got this email from Parkwood, her company, and we were freaking out. We were like, ‘Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!’ Our dad spoke to them about two days later. Then we found out Beyoncé wanted to sign us [to her record label]; we couldn’t believe it. That was January 2 , and we were like, ‘This is a great start to the year!’”
Since then, the 36-year-old has provided the girls with advice on their career, which has helped with the development of their debut. The sisters want people to connect to their music and be inspired about the future. “As we’re growing into young women, we still think of ourselves as kids, even though we’re really not. There’s this underestimation of the younger generation right now, wondering if the world will be okay for us, and we’re just letting the world know: We got this,” Chloe expressed.
Outside of their music, the two also star alongside Yara Shahidi on Grown-ish. They say, “These shows are so important. As young black girls, that is something we always love to see on TV: people who look like us. We’re happy we get to represent that.”
Chloe x Halle’s debut album The Kids Are Alright is available now.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.