Chlöe Bailey is many things — talented, beautiful, successful, and we could go on, but one thing she’s not, is concerned about being mainstream. That said, her latest solo single “Have Mercy” has exploded onto the charts and taken over TikTok and she’s checking in with Audacy’s Julia to chat all about it, that VMAs performance, and what she has planned next.
While Chlöe’s no stranger to the spotlight, up until now in her career she’s been a double act with her sister Halle. However taking a break, to each do their own thing. So while her sister was off doing her Little Mermaid thing, Chlöe headed to the studio to cook up the instant bop.
Since dropping the track, Chlöe has also blessed us with a just a saucy music video and an unforgettable VMAs performance. Speaking of, one thing you’ll find quite hard to believe is that despite her confident demeanor, Chlöe admitted she was beyond nervous ahead of that evenings performance.
“I honestly was not, so that means a lot. I was scared s***less,” the singer said in response to Julia pointing out the confidence she exuded on stage. Additionally admitting, “I could barely walk to the stage.” That being said, she also noted, “but I’m happy with how it turned out, I really am and I can not wait for more.”
So, whether or not pre-show jitters kick in, Chlöe always turns to the following rituals ahead of any performance. “Before any performance I have to pray, and I’ll do my vocal warm-ups because I don’t want my voice cracking on the stage, and I stretch.”
With the last on the list has been extremely important as of late, as Chlöe admitted, “I injure my body a lot, especially when I’m very excited.” Revealing she sprained her back the music video shoot, and her neck at her VMAs performance, both of which she is in the process of working on healing with a physical therapist.
Bringing the discussion back to her actual VMA performance, or rather how she felt immediately once it was over Chlöe said, “I didn’t know how it turned out, you know, it was just an out of body experience being on that stage. It went by like a blur and I just remember looking on my phone and seeing clips and I was like ‘it looks good!’ … so that was pretty cool.”
Chlöe also discussed her experience of going to The Met Gala, who she was fan-girling over, and what most surprised her about the entire evening.
After Met Gala talk, Julia switch the convo up to her upcoming album that's currently in the works. “The concept of the album is empowerment,” asking Chlöe, “when did you think of that, when did you know that that was gonna be it?“
"Honestly, when I first started creating this album I was in a lower point of my life, so it was very sad depressing songs,” Chlöe said. Adding, “I thought it was going to be a sad album quite frankly. Just about me pouring my heart out. And then it sorta started turning into me empowering myself. And me saying, ‘you know what, I’m going to put myself first, I’m going to talk about all the things that tick me of, unapologetically,'" she said
Which led her to admit “Have Mercy” fell right into, and going on to say she thinks is perfect as her first record. Written around April, when it seemed everyone had something to say about her and what she was posting on Instagram, Chlöe used the song as her way of controlling her narrative by, in her way, saying “what’s the problem, it’s my body.”
Some other things Julia and Chloe got into include, fierce women Chlöe looks up to, the “Have Mercy” music video, and she even gave us some album deets, saying “you will hear me singing on some Pop records.”
For all that and so so so much more check out the entire interview above.