Chloe and Halle Bailey are having the best year ever, and it isn’t anywhere near over. The sisters, 18 and 16, debuted their first EP, Sugar Symphony, they were invited to the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll, they performed their single “Drop” at the BET Awards, they were signed to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment label and they also make an appearance in her epic feature for Lemonade. It is no wonder why these talented self-taught sisters made the Top Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21−Official Guide to the Girls and Femmes Changing the World.
The journey of these two young musicians began when they covered a Beyoncé song on YouTube in 2014. “It was crazy. We did her cover to “Pretty Hurts” and we did that like about a week after the Beyoncé album dropped,” Chloe Bailey commented to Teen Vogue. “And we had a pretty nice following but we noticed this video was getting a lot more views than our other ones, like, really, really quickly. It was going everywhere. Two weeks after it was posted we got an email from Parkwood, her company. They said, ‘Hey, we want to post this on Beyoncé’s socials, and are you signed?’ So number one, we were freaking out, we were screaming, and we knew it was legit because we saw the Parkwood seal on it, so we were like …Oh, my god.’”
Since then, it has been non-stop for these two artists. They create, write, and produce almost every day, alongside their mentor, maintaining the creative freedom that artist wants to enjoy. Yet, despite their busy schedules, they do manage to find time to spend just being teenagers and hang out with like-minded friends that understand the world around them. “Most of our friends are also in the music industry and acting industry so we all get along and understand each other,” states Halle Bailey. “We have a similar circle around us who’s going through the same things that we are.”
It is no doubt that we will be seeing and hearing much more from these two talented young ladies. They are definitely putting a new spin on girl power.
In addition to Chloe and Halle, Athlete Mo’ne Davis, former American Little League Baseball pitcher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, also finds herself among Inventors, Artists, and Social Warriors on the Vogue 21 under 21 list! Check back to Teen Vogue for more.