Best known as one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle with her younger sister Halle, Chlöe Bailey released her debut solo single "Have Mercy" in early September -- and quickly went viral with its catchy beat and thirst-inducing music video.
Chlöe's theatric 2021 MTV VMAs performance did little to stop the excitement surrounding her new era, and we got a chance to hear all about her musical evolution, and what we can expect from her in the years to come in our latest Audacy Check In.
Atlanta’s own Chlöe was thrilled to be able to talk with V-103’s Big Tigger, Tyler Chronicles, and Christina “Ms. Basketball” Granville in-studio and in person after such a long time spent inside during the spread of COVID-19. “It’s amazing to be back outside, it’s a bit surreal,” she explains. “I get to be back home. I haven’t been here since the pandemic… I might go see some family. I’m pretty happy.”
Getting into her solo work, the 23-year-old singer and dancer tells Big Tigger, “this Chlöe isn’t new, she’s just evolving… and I don’t know if I have an alter-ego, I just feel more of myself when I’m on stage. That’s the most confident version of myself, when you’re not overthinking, you’re not thinking about life’s boundaries and restrictions on yourself. You’re just free, and that’s who I am on stage.”
That freedom, of course, comes with criticism in the public sphere. “It’s definitely difficult sometimes seeing some things, because most of it isn’t true about me,” Chlöe admits. “It used to really get to me, but now I’m like, ‘you can’t please everybody.’ No matter how great at something you are… someone’s going to have something to say. So now I’m like, ‘at least they’re talking, at least they’re supporting me.’ I can do what I love to do in my job and make money from it… so, it’s like, ‘I’m fine.’”
Luckily, Chlöe and her sister Halle have been down plenty of comment “rabbit holes” to know when to cut it off for their own sanity. Pressed by Tyler, Chlöe admits she has received some “crazy DMs” from plenty of blue checks, although she says she sticks to the previews so they don’t come up as being read or seen. “There’s a lot of unexpected things I’ve seen in there,” Chlöe says with a laugh.
The attention can be both flattering and overwhelming, she says. “If people look at my face and my body it helps promote my music, so it’s nothing bad. If that’s what they choose to speak about and that’s why my name is in their mouth, some people are actually looking at me and listening to my music. So, I don’t really think of it as a bad thing. It can be overwhelming at times, but it’s a platform for me to get my art out – and that’s why I’m here. For the music.”
Coming up as a young singer with her sister, along with their Disney and “Beyoncé’s babies” connections never felt limiting to Chlöe. Now, people are simply getting a more complete version of her. “I never understood why it was such a shock,” she says, “but maybe I could understand it because the world has grown up with my sister and I… I was 13 and she was 11, so of course, I can get that side of it. I’m just happy people are seeing more of me, that’s all it is.”
Getting a chance to be part of Beyoncé’s world, let alone being mentored by the Queen herself has obviously been a major influence on her career, and while there are artists that she would like to help amplify in the same way, Chlöe feels as though she is still in the process of mentoring herself.
“I still have so much to grow, I’m still perfecting my craft, and my performing, and my vocals, and my artistry,” she says humbly. “So, maybe when I’m older I will, because I always feel we’re on this earth to pay our gift forward, and inspire, and make a difference in the world. But for right now, I’m still perfecting who I am – even as a human being.”
Aside from her and her sister repping Pink for Victoria’s Secret, future aspirations that Chlöe would like to conquer include a run on Broadway, which she’s dreamed of since she was a child, and more acting work of course. “The sky is the limit,” she says. “More performances, more pushing the envelope.”
“I want to be remembered as an incredible performer, musician, producer, and human being,” Chlöe adds. “I want to give back because I feel like so many people out there aren’t given the same opportunities and doors that a lot of us are given, and I want to use my platform to give back.”