Sep 20, 2016

Influencers: How Chloe x Halle Are Defining The Sound They Want

                                     There is something so magical about Chloe x Halle.

Chloe and Halle Bailey made the leap from YouTube fame to the biggest music video of 2016. The Atlanta-born teenage sisters, known professionally as Chloe x Halle, were featured among pop-culture powerhouses like Serena Williams, Zendaya and Amandla Stenberg in Beyoncé's Lemonade, which premiered in April, less than a week before they released their own five-song debut EP, Sugar Symphony. The sisters grew up auditioning for acting roles, getting small gigs here and there, but eventually, music became their main focus. They started a YouTube channel in 2006 and by 2011 were posting videos of themselves singing covers. Halle considers herself a "jazz-head" and has been listening to Billie Holiday since she was five years old, drawn to the singer's "pink CD with her beautiful flower in her hair." A childlike fascination with a beautiful album cover soon led to a serious study of female jazz vocalists, and the sisters cite both Holiday and Sarah Vaughan as inspirations for the bridge on "Drop."

Now the ladies are fashionistas and growing up before our eyes. The Formation Tour audience has been good to them as well, building hype for their as yet untitled debut album, which is set to arrive later this year.

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