Halle Bailey is an American actress and singer best known as a member of the Chloe x Halle duo. The singer rose to fame in 2013 with a cover of Beyoncé’s Pretty Hurts. Besides her singing career, Halle has recently been in the limelight after being cast by Disney to play Ariel in the upcoming Little Mermaid film. How much do you know about the bubbly and outgoing singer?
Halle Bailey was born in Atlanta, Georgia on March 27, 2000. Halle Bailey parents are Doug and Courtney Bailey. The multi-talented singer is of black ethnicity and American nationality. Halle Bailey age is currently nineteen years. The rising actress grew up with her elder sister Chloe with whom she started the Chloe x Halle duo.
Halle Bailey profile summary
- Date of birth: March 27, 2000
- Age: 19 years
- Horoscope: Aries
- Parents: Doug and Courtney Bailey
- Siblings: Chloe Bailey
- Profession: Singer and actress
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: Black
- Weight: 53 kilos
- Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Halle Bailey career
The actress learnt how to play the violin and cello at a very young age under her sister’s tutelage. She later learnt how to play the guitar using YouTube tutorials. Halle Bailey sister (Chloe) was an ardent music lover and played a significant role to inspire her younger sister. As the sisters made notable musical progress, their father quit his day job and became their career manager. The duo soon began posting music videos on their YouTube channel.
The first video by Chloe x Halle titled Love is You was uploaded in March 2008 and caught the attention of numerous fans all over the world. This was followed up by the duo’s renditions of Girl on Fire, How to Love and Best Thing I Never Had. These songs earned the duo a massive following on YouTube for their soulful performance.
In September 2013, the Chloe and Halle released their first critically acclaimed extended play record titled Uncovered. A few months later in December, the sisters uploaded their rendition of Beyoncé’s Pretty Hurts. This song caught the attention of singer Beyoncé who shared it on her social media pages. In addition to this, the sisters signed a million-dollar contract with Beyoncé’s music label (Parkwood Entertainment) in 2015. The iconic singer would then become their mentor. While acknowledging their musical prowess, Beyoncé told the sisters to trust their gift and let the world catch up to them.
In April 2016, the sisters made their debut with Parkwood Entertainment with an EP titled Sugar Symphony. They would go on to perform on of the songs in the EP, Fall at the White House Easter Egg Roll. In June, the duo performed at the BET Awards and the YouTube Music Foundry. Later in the year, the sisters became the opening acts for Beyoncé’s The Formation world tour as well as Andra Day’s Cheers to the Fall tour. The sisters’ bohemian looks began to make waves in the fashion industry around this time.
Besides a remarkable music career, Halle is also a talented actress. She made her acting debut in 2006 when she was cast as Tina on the romantic comedy Last Holiday. She then made appearances in films such as Joyful Noise and Let it Shine. The singer also landed television show roles in House of Payne (2007), Austin and Ally and Grown-ish where she plays Skylar. In 2017, the Bailey sisters composed and sang the Grown-ish theme song.
In March 2017, the duo released their first mixtape The Two of Us and followed this up with their first studio album one year later. Their debut album titled The Kids Are Alright topped various charts and earned the sisters two Grammy nominations. One of the tracks on the album titled Warrior was among the soundtracks for the film A Wrinkle in Time (2018). In February 2019, Chloe and Halle performed at Super Bowl LIII singing America the Beautiful.
Along with her sister, Halle has received various nominations. The most notable ones include:
- Grammy Award (2019)
- MTV Video Music Awards (2018)
- NAACP Image Awards (2017)
- MTV Europe Music Awards (2018)
- Soul Train Music Awards (2018)
- BET Awards (2018)
Halle Bailey’s role as Ariel
The actress has been cast to play Ariel in the live-action adaptation of the 1989 animated hit The Little Mermaid. The film’s director says that despite meeting with potential actresses for the role, Halle was a clear front-runner from the beginning. He goes on to note that Halle possesses a combination of substance, innocence, spirit, youth, and a glorious voice which makes her the perfect fit for the role. Jane Goldman wrote the film’s script.
The Little Mermaid follows the story of a mermaid princess (Ariel) who falls in love with a human prince. Ariel makes a deal with the sea witch (Ursula) to make her human for a few days so that she can be with her lover. The plan goes wrong (as one would expect) and Ariel’s father has to make a sacrifice for his daughter.
The decision to cast Halle as Ariel has received mixed reactions. The news was met with much praise from Halle Berry, Mariah Carey, and Chrissy Teigen. However, it also elicited protests from fans who were disappointed by the deviation from the original character’s image and appearance. This led to the creation of social media hashtags such as #NotMyAriel and #NotMyMermaid.
However, Freeform, a Disney television network, defended the decision in a letter to fans. In the letter, Freeform points out that while Hans Christian Andersen –The Little Mermaid’s author- was Danish, Ariel is a mermaid and thus a fictional character. The network goes on to say that Danish mermaids can be black because people from Denmark can be black.
Halle Bailey height and other body measurements
The actress has a great-looking body with enviable measurements:
- Body measurements: 34-23.5-35 (Bust-Waist-Hips)
- Dress size: 4
- Body shape: Hourglass
- Bra size: 34B
- Height: 5 feet 4 inches
- Weight: 53 kilos
At a relatively young age, Halle Bailey is already causing waves in the entertainment industry. This bio paints a picture of a determined singer and actress who is bound to rise to prominence in the film and music industries. The singer’s talent, prowess, and personality have gained her numerous fans and followers. We can only wait and see what Halle has in store for us in the future.
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