Chlöe Bailey is an R&B diva in her own right. The 24-year-old Atlanta native carved out her own path discovering her sound outside of Chlöe x Halle, her duet with her equally musically great sister Halle Bailey.
But that doesn’t mean the superstar — with Beyoncé’s musical endorsement — doesn’t need advice on navigating an industry that has become obsessed with the social media craziness of TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.
At the New Yorker Festival on Saturday (October 8), Chlöe, who dazzled in a crystal-encrusted long-sleeved gown, chatted with journalist Lauren Michele Jackson after an intimate yet rousing performance that had the crowd rising to a standing ovation.
During the conversation, Jackson asked Chlöe how social media, especially TikTok, affects the creative process of musicians. Chlöe’s hit single “Have Mercy,” which became a major TikTok dance challenge, got the singer thinking about how social media affects artists going deeper within themselves during the music-making process. .
“Well, before your song was released on TikTok, you know, there was YouTube and radio and all that,” Chlöe said.
“So no matter what generation we’re from, there’s always something you want your music to feel like, lived, right? So I think when we program our minds to think about being number one and to win these awards when you create, it suffocates you and stifles the process,” Chlöe continued.
With that in mind, Chlöe remembered a quote from legendary producer Quincy Jones – whose decades of hitmaking include credits like Grammy Award-winning Michael Jackson. Thriller – tell him.
“He said to my sister and I, he said, ‘The second money comes into the creative process, God comes out of the room,'” Chlöe said.
“It resonated with me because if I think of everything I expect to get out of what I’m about to create, then I’ve already stopped the process on the spot,” Chlöe continued. .
“And there’s been so many times where I’ve gotten into my head because yeah, you have to have pop songs or singles or whatever, that’s great, but you can’t let it rule you, and you can’t let it control you,” she said. “And now I’m thinking why I’m creating so freely and openly right now; it’s because I have a project that I’m proud of and I’ve achieved .
That’s not all. During one of Chlöe x Halle’s performances, Chlöe had big butterflies, while Halle seemed soothed and prepared. However, gospel singers Mary Mary – known for hit singles such as ‘God in Me’, ‘Shackles’ and ‘Yesterday’ – noticed the duo before they hit the stage, and that’s when Mary Mary gave the two some musical advice they couldn’t forget.
“They turned to us and said, ‘Don’t try to sing and prove yourself to anybody,’ she recalled. will put in place.”
“And I think that’s such amazing advice for me when it comes to acting because, yes, when I’m on stage, I want everyone to like me. Yes, I want them to sing the songs. I want them to be engaged and involved, and whenever there’s crowd participation, I want them to participate, but sometimes life just doesn’t work that way,” Chlöe said. “So at least I have to be proud of the passion and heart I put on that stage, and almost say thank you with my gift because I’m using it at this time.”
The crowd applauded Chlöe for speaking eloquently about her craft. As for a new single and a new album, fans will just have to wait for this news.