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  • I wanna be where the people are.

  • I wanna see, I wanna see them dancing.

  • Before Halle Bailey became a part of your world as Ariel in The Little Mermaid,

  • she started out as one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle, with her sister, Chloe Bailey.

  • In 2011, they began uploading their own covers of popular songs,

  • quickly developing a loyal following on YouTube.

  • One cover in particular, Pretty Hurts, caught the attention of Beyoncé,

  • who signed them to her management company to produce full studio albums.

  • But Halle wasn't just singing during her childhood.

  • She had some acting credits,

  • appearing in episodes of House of Payne and as a choir girl in the Disney made-for-TV movie Let It Shine.

  • A few of us were talking earlier,

  • and, you know, we were wondering, could we spice up the song a bit like what we did with Joyful Noise?

  • Chloe x Halle continued to dominate the music industry,

  • thanks to their albums The Kids Are Alright and the Grammy-nominated Ungodly Hour,

  • and became series regulars on the Black-ish spin-off series Grown-ish.

  • Halle played Sky Forster, a talented and ambitious track athlete alongside her twin sister, Jazz.

  • Are you guys--

  • Twins?

  • Totally. BT-dubs, your hair is everything.

  • As the show progressed, Halle was able to convincingly portray Sky

  • and show her transformation from a guarded, highly competitive athlete

  • to an emotionally mature young woman who embraces those around her.

  • It is so unfair that you're just trying to brush over and move on from the biggest thing that's ever happened to us.

  • Turns out that Halle's singing career would come in handy.

  • After director Rob Marshall saw Halle perform at the 2019 Grammys,

  • he thought she'd be perfect for the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

  • It made perfect sense to utilize Halle's incredible vocal range and endearing charisma to bring to life a Disney icon.

  • Sebastian, if you had just seen it up there, the ship rode on the wind.

  • From YouTube sensation to captivating actress and singer-songwriter,

  • it's clear that Halle Bailey has more than just a bright future ahead of her.

I wanna be where the people are.

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