Halle Bailey has a new EP on the way, and it’s coming sooner than fans think. In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, the singer and Little Mermaid star revealed that she’ll “definitely” be releasing a debut solo EP by “the end of the year.”
“My music is definitely for the young girl who doesn’t know herself completely yet, who’s growing every day and learning about who she is and about her power,” she told the outlet. “It’s an emotional, vulnerable kind of music. It’s also a love letter to myself and my younger self and my future self.”
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The new music announcement comes a month after she dropped the project’s first single, a jazzy track titled “Angel.” Bailey explained that she’s learned to “believe in myself on my own” as she creates music outside her duo with sister Chlöe, who released her debut album In Pieces earlier this year.
“Every time we’re working together, she’s the voice of reason, and she’s, like, the confidence for us both. She goes, ‘Keep going. Keep riding it, Halle. You’re doing great. You’re doing great.’ You know?” she said. “She is my words-of-affirmation partner. So without her, when I’m making music, I’m trying to decide if things are good on my own.”
“The creative process is very up and down. It’s me learning how to give myself those affirmations,” she added.
The singer says the new music will come out as she continues to star in massive films, including December’s The Color Purple, which is produced by Oprah Winfrey. Bailey explained that while she doesn’t normally talk about her relationships and “my personal stuff,” she said she’ll touch on those themes in her music.
“I will tell you where I get my creativity from. This has been a really beautiful transformative time for me. I have all this new material to write about. It’s like, What the heck did I just experience and go through? A whirlwind of amazingness,” she said. “You never know what you’re capable of until you’re put through it. I was very creatively inspired, and then from there, I fell in love.”
“And so I really just played with those themes in my music. Sound-wise, it’s a little modern R&B-ish, with all the jazz elements and hints of pop that I love,” she added.
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