We all know Beyoncé is a goddess, but she's also a fairy godmother of sorts, at least to the three acts she signed to her record label Parkwood Entertainment.
In the new issue of Elle, which hit newsstands Wednesday (April 6), Queen Bey opened up about the four young women she selected to be the starting lineup for her label. With these acts, the superstar hopes to bring some new flavor to the current pop music scene. As she noted:
“The music industry is dominated by men. And these labels go out and try to make carbon copies of whoever is successful at that moment. I’m over that … I want to take all my resources and give these artists the support of the best, to nurture them and allow them to be who they really are.”
So, who did Bey deem worthy of becoming her protégées?
Chloe X Halle
Sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey first got people’s
attention three years ago with a viral cover of “Pretty Hurts.” Nicknamed Bey's "angelic aliens," the L.A.-based teen duo has clearly earned her favor; beyond signing them, she also paid to upgrade their home studio. This week, the girls released their debut single and music video, "Drop." Check it out below.
Once Beyoncé’s childhood neighbor in Houston, 29-year-old singer/rapper Ingrid opened for Drake and J. Cole at the start of their careers. She was a broke Brooklyn dweller, still pursuing music but struggling to make ends meet, when Beyoncé invited her to the Hamptons for a songwriting session in 2013. Clearly, Bey was impressed. Ingrid’s first album with Parkwood will blend her Southern hip-hop roots with messages of women’s empowerment.
Sixteen-year-old Beem’s first attempt to break into the industry came in 2012, when she appeared on "X Factor" but failed to make it to the Top 40. Three years later, she got Beyoncé’s attention after a former Parkwood manager was impressed by a live show the teen played in Greenwich Village. She told Elle what it was like to get the call that Parkwood wanted to sign her: "I was in my room on my bed. I just burst into tears." No kidding, Soph.