Halle Lynn Bailey (/ˈhæli/ HAL-ee; born March 27, 2000), known by her mononym Halle, is an American singer and actress. She became known for being one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle with her sister Chloe Bailey. They have released the albums The Kids Are Alright (2018) and Ungodly Hour (2020), and have together earned five Grammy Award nominations. In 2023, Bailey released her debut solo single “Angel”.
As an actress, Bailey has played the leading role of Sky Forster in the television sitcom Grown-ish (2018–2022). In 2023, she had her first lead role as Ariel in Disney’s musical fantasy film The Little Mermaid.
Halle Lynn Bailey was born on March 27, 2000, and raised in Mableton, Georgia, with her older sisters Ski Bailey (born 1991) and Chloe Bailey (born 1998), and her younger brother Branson Bailey (born 2005), later moving together to Los Angeles in mid-2012. As children, Chloe and Halle began writing their own songs, learning to play instruments through watching YouTube tutorials. Their father and co-manager, Doug Bailey,who “taught [them] to do everything on [their] own,” began teaching them how to write songs at the ages of 8 and 10.
Zendaya began her career working as a fashion model for Macy’s, Mervyns, and Old Navy. She was featured in an iCarly toys ad. She also appeared as a back-up dancer in a Sears commercial featuring Disney star Selena Gomez. In 2009, she was a featured performer in the Kidz Bop music video for its cover of the song “Hot n Cold” by Katy Perry, which was released on Kidz Bop 15 In November 2009, she auditioned for the role of CeCe Jones in the Disney sitcom Shake It Up (titled Dance Dance Chicago at the time).For her audition, she performed Michael Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone”.She was selected to play Rocky Blue. Shake It Up premiered on November 7, 2010, and was watched by 6.2 million viewers, becoming Disney Channel’s second highest-rated premiere in Disney Channel’s 27-year history.
In 2011, Zendaya released “Swag It Out”, a promotional independent single. She also starred in the book trailer for “From Bad To Cursed” by Katie Alender. In June of the same year, she released “Watch Me”, performing with Bella Thorne. The song peaked at 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second season of Shake It Up premiered on September 18, 2011. Zendaya hosted Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off 2011 on Disney Channel. In 2011, Target stores began selling D-Signed, a line of clothing inspired by the clothes worn by Zendaya and other cast members of Shake It Up.
Zendaya’s first film role was in Frenemies (2012), a Disney Channel Original Movie. On February 29, 2012, “Something to Dance For” was released as promotional single for Live 2 Dance. For the soundtrack, Zendaya also recorded three other songs: “Made In Japan”, “Same Heart”, and “Fashion Is My Kryptonite”, released as promotional single. In June 2012, Shake It Up was renewed for a third and final season. On September 2, 2012, she signed to Hollywood Records. In October, she performed at the Teen Music Festival and at the Operatin Smile benefit. Zendaya was as one of the celebrities who would compete on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars.At 16, she was the youngest contestant ever to participate on the show, before Willow Shields succeeded her at 14 on season 20. She was partnered up with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. In May, the couple finished as runners-up behind Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough.