Is music just the beginning for Chloe x Halle?
From their early years as singing sensations on YouTube to being discovered by Queen Bey, Chloe and Halle Bailey are on their way to becoming superstar singers.
But when the musical duo was cast as on-screen sisters on the hit show Grown-ish, the real-life sisters took their career to the next level.
So what's next?
Get the full Scoop! and more on Chloe and Halle Bailey to find out their next move.
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If you’re a fan of Chloe x Halle, you gotta know the incredible story of how they were discovered. (More on that later!) But did you know that long before the Bailey sisters were signed by Queen Bey, they’d already met her?
Here’s the SCOOP!: Chloe was just three years old when she was cast as the child version of Beyoncé’s character in the 2003 film The Fighting Temptations. Seriously? As Chloe says, it’s pretty funny how the universe works, like she was given a sign early on. It was her first movie audition, and she killed it—five hundred other little girls went home disappointed.
Years passed before the Bailey sisters connected with Beyoncé again. In the meantime, they logged countless hours singing their hearts out and winning talent contests. Some people think of Chloe x Halle as overnight sensations. But they’ve been honing their musical chops since they were seven and five! Even before they were teens, they were experimenting with harmonies, writing lyrics, singing, and jamming together in their living room. The girls uploaded their first cover song to their YouTube channel in 2011, when they were just thirteen and eleven.
Do you know what song it was?
You’re right if you guessed it was a Beyoncé song!
“Lots of people had told us, oh, maybe you should sing this person’s song and post it. And then, one day, we were at home and we were like, we’re kind of bored, let’s just do this, let’s sing this song that we like, ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ by Beyoncé,” Halle told ABC News.
The girls found the instrumental version of the song online and recorded it in their basement. Their sister Ski (say: SKY) shot the video. Dad didn’t want them to post it on YouTube, but they won him over. In the first few days, the video got 100 views. The sisters were thrilled! But then, a week or so later, it was up to a mind-blowing ten thousand views! They didn’t know what was happening.
You can still catch their version of “Best Thing I Never Had” on the Chloe x Halle YouTube channel. The girls are adorable, wearing red tank tops and big smiles as they introduce themselves to the camera. Then they start to sing. Their voices are more than adorable. They are soulful, powerful, and extraordinary! The sisters, still so young, already exude cool confidence in front of the camera.
Pretty soon, the phone was blowing up. Chloe says they were shopping in the supermarket when their father got a call inviting them on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The girls freaked out right in the middle of the store! Wouldn’t you?
They performed “Best Thing I Never Had” on Ellen, and after that, they were full-fledged YouTube sensations.
Although the girls’ early low-key fame came from covers, they had already started writing music. Halle admits their earliest songs were embarrassing. But their father gave them some lessons in the art of songwriting. And he told them they would have more power if they wrote their own music.
“When we were ten and eight years old, our dad sat us down and taught us basic song structure. He’s always been an amazing writer. He writes the best poems and the best birthday cards,” Halle said on the radio show Sway’s Universe. He told them to just write about their feelings.
Chloe says their parents never pushed them into the music business—but they were super supportive. “I’m really grateful, because we have really awesome parents, ’cause they saw that passion and fire in our eyes and how we lit up whenever we did music or entertaining or any type of thing like that,” Chloe told the hosts of The Breakfast Club radio show.
Mr. and Mrs. Bailey recognized something special in their daughters, and they weren’t the only ones. Over the next couple of years, the sisters would rack up more successes, including some minor acting roles. And then, in 2012, they won season five of Radio Disney’s The Next Big Thing!
Radio Disney said the girls’ musical talents and relatable personalities won the hearts of the show’s audience. It’s that winning combination of their soulful vocals and upbeat, likable personalities that catapulted them into the limelight and kept them there. Their positivity shines through whether they’re on a stage singing or playing twins in the TV show Grown-ish. Call it the “it factor.”
And there’s something else, too. It’s the something that makes their harmonies so hauntingly beautiful and their vibe so chill.
They’re sisters. The more you learn about Chloe and Halle, the more you’ll understand the power of their bond. Interviewers often mistake them for twins, and it’s easy to see why: They have a relationship that’s unique, even for siblings, and their connection resonates throughout the story of their young lives.