On February 12, 2017, two days before Valentine’s Day, XAVIER and his supporting cadre of talented musical guests will help you get turned on a little early with their salute to soul music's leading ladies. Now in its fifth year, past guests have included Tony Award winner Lena Hall, Stephin Merritt, Joan As Policewoman, Sxip Shirey, Lady Rizo, and Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive, Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters, Mykal Kilgore (Post Modern Jukebox / The Wiz Live!), Cassondra James Kellam, and Bridget Barkan. New York Mag rated the show "Brilliant" on its famed Approval Matrix axis. Joining him this year are Martha Redbone, Bright Light Bright Light, Anastacia McCleskey (of Waitress The Musical on Broadway), Toshi Reagon, Justin Johnston and Abena Koomson!
Xavier has received un-coerced praise for his vocal skills from some of the biggest names in the business, including Madonna, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Devo, Anita Baker, Lena Horne, TV on the Radio, Anohni, Danny Tenaglia, The Rapture, and Ashford & Simpson. He's also a Diesel U Music Award nominee and his UK debut on Virgin Records earned him a top ten hit. The Boys Choir of Harlem alum has collaborated on recordings with Scissor Sisters, JD Samson, Young & Sick, New Power Generation, Basement Jaxx vocalists Vula & Sharlene, Diane Birch, Bright Light Bright Light, Stephin Merritt, Sxip Shirey, and LL Cool J. He is a member of Nova Social and also writes and performs regularly with Slow Knights.
“brilliant vocalist”—XLR8R magazine
“pure magic”—Billboard magazine
“gently soulful”—NY Times