Following the premiere, the Chloe x Halle took part in a fun Q&A session, emceed by their hilarious baby brother, Branson. The two opened up about their three year journey of making this album, starring on Grown-ish and how their song, “Warrior,” was placed in Ava DuVernay’s, A Wrinkle in Time.
Branson: What was your favorite part about creating this album?
Chloe: I would have to say every single part is my favorite; almost every song we created was in our living room. Its so crazy seeing it come to life. My sister and I have worked so hard on it and I feel like every moment has led us to right now. So, I’m grateful for everything.
Halle: My favorite part would have to be the step of creating with my sister. It’s a very organic process when we’re in our living room sprawled out on the floor and come up with these songs. We’re so appreciative that it came together in this visual piece because what it represents to us, is that pressure makes diamonds. No matter what happens to you in your life, everything happens for a reason and it’s only going to make you the person that you are today.
Branson: Who are some female song writers and producers that you look up to?
Chloe: I have so many; my first one would have to be my sister. I feel like as young as she is, she holds so much power in her voice, her melodies and her lyrics. She is the best writing partner anybody could ask for. – I really love Imogene Heap right now. Of course Queen B, Beyoncé and Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards. As well as Grimes.
Halle: My number one is definitely my sister – she’s always been such a big influence in my life. I’ve always been intrigued by jazz music; I instantly fell in love with Billy Holiday’s voice and the feeling that she gave me because it just felt like the sound of love.
Branson: How did you get to work with Ms. Ava DuVernay to write the song, Warrior, for the Wrinkle in Time soundtrack?
Halle: I love that movie and we love Ms. Ava DuVernay and that was our very first movie placement. I remember we were actually on set filing the short film and Ms. Ava reached out to our team because she was looking for a song for her movie. We were like, what, she reached out to us, really? She likes our music? – We watched the movie trailer and wrote key words that inspired us and stood out to us and was like “lets do this.” The simple chords came for the song first and then Halle came up with the really pretty melody, “I could be a warrior.” We finished it in like 20-mintues; the beat and the song. Sent it to her that night and she loved it!
Branson: Tell us about Sky and Jazz.
Chloe: Being apart of Grown-ish is a dream come true. Before this show I did not curse at all and I remember getting the script for the table read and I was like, “Wow, a lot of cursing.” I feel like they’re our alter-egos.
Halle: It’s so weird because I have been told that I am very honest, blunt and sometimes shady. No one else see’s that side of me except my closest friends and family. So when I have to play Sky, it’s fun because I get to show this side of myself.
Branson: Why did you name the album, The Kids Are Alright?
Chloe: This title means so much to us. With all of the crazy things happening [in society], there’s a lot of people wonder if [our generation] will be alright. The theme originally came when we wrote the song, The Kids Are Alright, with our dear friend Diana Gordon. The song just felt really big and childlike in a good way and that was the beginning of this album.
Branson: In the three years of making this album, its has been blood sweat and tears. How would you say you’ve changed from the beginning of making the album, to now?
Halle: I like to think that we’ve changed in ways that we’ve really just grown up. – These songs are just our diary and us just documenting these times in our lives.
Chloe: For us, music very therapeutic; it’s our therapy! Just listening to the whole body of work, it truly captured the essence of growing into a young woman or a young man even.
Chloe x Halle’s debut album, The Kids Are Alright is available now! Trust us, you will not be disappointed.
Written by: Britney Norris