Chloe x Halle serenade SU students

Chloe x Halle serenade SU students

The R&B duo and stars of the "Grown-ish" TV series performed a concert for SU students via Zoom on Friday night.
Published: November 13, 2020
Chloe X Halle on virtual concert for SU students on Nov. 13, 2020
Sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey performed an intimate virtual concert for SU students via Zoom on Friday night.

“We really believe in divine timing and that music is healing,” Halle Bailey said.

The R&B sister duo made up of Chloe and Halle Bailey performed over Zoom for Syracuse students Friday night. They sang six songs from their two studio albums, pleasing the virtual audience. They followed up the show with a Q&A led by Megan Simon.

The sisters, only 19 and 21 years old, were signed by Beyonce to her label Parkwood Entertainment in 2015. The pair also act in the hit series, Grown-ish. “We’ve been growing as human beings,” Chloe said. “As we grow so does the music.”

Chloe x Halle kicked off the concert with “Happy Without Me” from their album The Kids Are Alright.

“This will always hold a special place in my heart,” Chloe said as the song began.

“Down” from the album The Kids Are Alright is another one of Chloe x Halle’s favorites.

“The song calms us down,” Halle said.

“This year has been so crazy, and it’s really important for us to take moments for ourselves and put ourselves first,” Chloe said relating the song to self-care.

The musicians played songs from their newest album, Ungodly Hour. Halle played the guitar as the women sang “Forgive Me.” “It’s a little bit of a heart-wrencher. Taking your power back as a woman. Claiming the bad bitch that you are,” said Halle.

Although the concert was virtual, the artists’ energy and enthusiasm remained strong throughout the show. “We see you in the chat,” Halle said, responding to the overwhelming amount of praise overflowing the chat feature.

After singing “Tipsy,” The singers ended the performance with “Lonely” and “Do it” from their album Ungodly Hour.

“Being in the midst of this whole pandemic, being in quarantine, and life just adjusting, there are definitely moments you feel low and you feel alone. In this song in particular I feel really speaks to me when I feel that way, and it makes me feel better,” Halle said.

During the Q&A portion, the duo spoke on releasing their album during the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd’s death.

“Releasing an album during this pandemic has been a blessing for us and opened our minds to be much more creative. We feel like it’s our duty to honor these songs to do what we can to get our songs out there,” Halle said.

Chloe x Halle spoke on how difficult this time is being part of the Black community. Their album Ungodly Hour was set to come out on June 5, but they made the decision to push the release to June 12 after the news of both George Floyd and Breonna Taylor took over the nation.

“We always felt like we were losing our brothers and sisters, but this time it felt really deep and really hard. That whole week was just sorrow, and we were going back and forth with whether or not we should release an album during that week,” Chloe x Halle said.

Having a feeling of community is important to the duo, and that starts with their connection as sisters.

“Because we’re sisters we know each other so well. It comes so easily because we’re kind of one,” Chloe x Halle said.