Following her triumphant portrayal as Princess Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Halle Bailey is now stepping into the spotlight with her highly anticipated solo debut. “Angel,” is Halle’s official first solo single, marking her first release without her sister Chloe, and is her first offering since the duos critically acclaimed album Ungodly Hour in 2020.
The track, produced by Theron “NeffU” Feemster, weaves a “mesmerizing soundscape,” infusing R&B and gospel with cinematic elements. Behind the camera, Director Wendy Morgan, known for her collaborations with industry giants like Alicia Keys and Janelle Monae, brings her creative touch to the project.
With Halle’s mesmerizing vocals taking center stage, she passionately delivers lyrics that encourage listeners to ponder the weight of their own wings, reassuring them that angels always find a way.
Amidst the widespread conversation surrounding her portrayal of The Little Mermaid, “Angel” is deeply personal for Halle. It’s a testament to her journey of self-discovery, navigating through the overwhelming attention and opinions that followed her debut on the silver screen. “This song for me is so very special and near and dear to my heart. With everything I’ve gone through in the past three to four years, suddenly finding myself in this bubble of all these eyes and new opinions, it was easy for me to feel doubt in myself and who I was,” Halle said in a release. This song is a reminder to everyone that even in times of uncertainty, they can find solace and support.
More than that, “Angel” is both an anthem to affirm women and a note to self that her work matters, and holds value. “This song for me was my climb out of those feelings, a mantra and promise to myself that the work I’m doing here on earth matters and that I matter. I wanted to be able to embrace and be proud of myself and who I am naturally through and through. I hope other brown and black girls and everyone, in general, feel embraced, respected, and inspired hearing the words of this song,” Halle said.
In the song, she sings, angels make a way somehow. The statement not only reflects the heart of the song but also embodies the spirit of Halle Bailey, an angelic voice with a powerful message.
Watch the full music video below.