Girl Group XELLE Plan Pop Music Takeover!
Say the words “girl group” and iconic acts such as TLC, Destiny’s Child and the Spice Girls will quickly come to mind. However, following the norm gets pretty boring and with new boy band acts following the same exact formula as N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys, it’s about time we had something different.
Say hello to XELLE, the unconventional girl group, compiled of group members JC Cassis, Rony Goffer, and Mimi Imfurst of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. The three have formed the ultimate, unique girl group with amazing talent and drive that can make them the next big thing.
After meeting and singing together at a karaoke event hosted by Imfurst, the girls have gone on to release three singles that differ from each other greatly. “Party Girl”, “Hologram” and “Invincible” are huge, up-tempo pop tracks that sound as if they are all coming from different artists, but they still come off 100 percent XELLE. Sit down, open your ears and have fun.
“Well first of all you don’t say no to a drag queen with a microphone,” XELLE says about performing the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” the girls’ first live performance as a group. “We felt chemistry. There was something there vocally. It came together very organically and beautifully.”
XELLE does not create your ordinary pop/dance songs. “Mega Pop” is their genre. What you hear is nothing more than guilty pleasure pop music turned up ten more notches.
The group introduced themselves to the mainstream audience with their first single “Party Girl”. The fun, carefree track about girls who enjoy partying the night away was a smart way to begin a career. The catchy lyrics were accompanied by a unique music video shot in one take on a moving New York City subway train with 40 friends and no permit.
“We wrote the song with our producer Zach Adam who we consider a part of the team,” XELLE says. “The song is fun, about nightlife and throwing a party. It was perfect because it’s how we met.”
The group’s album debut, Queens, is shaping up to be a diverse project with one real message. The album currently has no release date, but the group is looking at a late 2012 release. “The main goal is that it has to be a lot of fun,” XELLE says about their debut album. “We want every song to be a hit. There is no filler on the album. Every song does sound different, but the world is changing from an album world to a singles world.”
With the ever-changing world, XELLE understands that partying and having fun is not what it is all about. Their newest single “Invincible” is a partnership with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network with a mission to use music to raise awareness about bullying, harassment and safe schools for LGBT students. “’Invincible’ is an empowerment anthem,” the group says. “Given the political climate we are in, bullying, gay suicides, we felt we needed to respond.”
The girls recognize the deep roots of support from the gay community. Given Mimi’s extensive drag career, the group has been making a splash in the gay nightclub scene where they have performed live at numerous venues in London, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York City, to name a few. “We are the unconventional girl group given our membership,” XELLE says. “We are very grateful to have support for who we are. It does not matter if we are straight or gay, we want everyone to be accepting and accepted. It is all about expressing who you are.”
The girls are planning to express exactly who they are and what they are made of with the upcoming early summer release of their newest music video for “Hologram”, a video shoot filled with celebrity cameos and filmed with a medium never used before. The girls recently revealed the video would have a superhero adventure theme, fighting zombies along the way. Already intrigued. “It was a 20-day video shoot project. We are perfections. We want to be solid on everything. We want the world to be prepared and we don’t think they are yet,” the group says.
The world should be prepared for the group’s next single release.
“The next single is really hot,” XELLE says excitedly. “It is loud, exciting and more mega pop. It is really dirty.”
And what about XELLE’s fans here in Texas? After joking about how the price of Chipotle is double in New York compared to the locations in Texas, the group promised to make it to the lone star state. “We are always on the road, adding more shows. We would love to make it down to Texas very soon,” the group says.
Following the release of three singles, two music videos, countless live performances and interviews with numerous publications, XELLE warns the public that this is all just the beginning. “Get ready because we are going to take over the world,” XELLE says jokingly.