In the two years since Chloe and Halle released their Grammy-nominated debut project, The Kids Are Alright, the stylish sisters have kept themselves busy acting on the popular series, Grown-ish.
But now, Chloe X Halle have made their musical return with their long-awaited sophomore album, Ungodly Hour, to much acclaim.
“For Ungodly Hour we were so excited to just flip the narrative of being the perfect angel and show the other side[s] of us,” Halle told Teen Vogue of the release in their June cover story. “The dark side, the naughty side, the things that happen that you don't see behind the scenes.”
Following the release, they performed fan-favorite track “Do It” on YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual commencement livestream, and they haven’t slowed down yet. The R&B group later performed an at-home rendition of the single for the TODAY show and are slated to perform at the 2020 BET Awards where they are nominated for Best Group along with EarthGang, Griselda, City Girls, Migos and JackBoys.
Ahead of the BET Awards, here are six things to know about Chloe X Halle.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Chloe and Halle were discovered after they started uploading music covers to their YouTube channel. Despite being pre-teens, a mere 13 and 11 years of age at the time, their talent was undeniable. Their rendition of Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” (which currently has over 19 million views) caught the eye of Queen Bey herself, and she signed the duo to her management company, Parkwood Entertainment, in 2015.
“We have to give all that credit to our parents. When we were growing up our dad would always be like "If you don't know something, figure it out." And Halle and I, being around 10 and 8, living in Atlanta, going producer to producer, and songwriters and singing for them, no one really wanted to write music for us at that time because we were so young.”
So that's when dad sat us down at the table like "Look, you all can create your own music as well." And so that's exactly what we did,” Chloe told NPR about the recording of Ungodly Hour. “Halle is the best music partner I could ever have. I appreciate how we bring two completely different perspectives — because we are two different people — to the music. We don't try to be the same, but we make our differences work and the synergy is pretty electric. We did most of this album in our garage here in our home. We put a bunch of carpet down, we have our mic and our speakers and keyboards and guitars in there.”
Halle told Teen Vogue that she considers herself a “jazz head” and cited blues icon Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald as influences on her sound. Chloe shared she finds inspiration from “‘90s music and early 2000s.”
In 2016, the duo opened for Michelle Obama’s keynote speech at SXSW where they performed “This Is For My Girls.” Chloe and Halle were selected to feature on the charity anthem by the former First Lady herself alongside Zendaya, Kelly Rowland, and Janelle Monae as part of Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative. “She's really kind—you can connect with her and her energy is really great. It was such an honor,” Chloe told FADER of the collaboration.
The sisters are a series regular on Yara Shahidi’s Black-ish spin-off, Grown-ish, where they portray track-star twins, Jazz and Sky. Around mid-2019, Disney revealed that Halle nabbed the lead role as the princess of the sea, Ariel, in the forthcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Because of their similarities and closeness, many people mistakenly assume the pair are twins. However, Chloe, 21, is almost two years older than her baby sis, Halle, who just turned 20 in March.
Be sure to tune in and catch Chloe x Halle perform this Sunday (June 28) at 8PM EST.
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