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X Ambassadors (also stylized XA) are an American rock band from Ithaca, New York. Its members currently include lead vocalist Sam Harris, keyboardist Casey Harris, and drummer Adam Levin. Their most notable songs include "Jungle", "Renegades", and "Unsteady". The band's debut full-length album, VHS, was released on June 30, 2015. Their sophomore album, Orion was released on June 14, 2019.

X Ambassadors
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X Ambassadors performing in December 2015
Background information
Also known as
  • Ambassadors
  • XA
OriginIthaca, New York, United States
Genres
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitexambassadors.com
Members
  • Sam Harris
  • Casey Harris
  • Adam Levin
Past membersNoah Feldshuh

HistoryEdit

2009–12: Ambassadors and LitostEdit

X Ambassadors began as a band titled Ambassadors, touring with artists such as LIGHTS. During this time, they self-released their debut EP, Ambassadors EP, creating a music video for its lead single, "Tropisms", shot and directed by Rodrigo Zedillo. Shortly after, the band self-released its debut LP, Litost, which included the song "Litost", which would later be used on the soundtrack for The Host. The band signed a music publishing deal in 2012 with SONGS Music Publishing.[1] The band started a Kickstarter account to shoot a video for the lead single, "Unconsolable", which would be re-recorded later.[2] The group was noticed by Imagine Dragons while frontman Dan Reynolds was sick in the hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. Reynolds heard an acoustic version of "Litost" on 96X WROX-FM and asked Interscope to sign the band as soon as possible.[3][4]

2013–14: Love Songs Drug Songs and The ReasonEdit

X Ambassadors released their debut major label EP, Love Songs Drug Songs in 2013. The EP included the track "Stranger" co-written by Dan Reynolds.[5] In promotion of the EP they toured supporting Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Eat World and The Mowglis. In 2014, the band released a second major label EP, The Reason. In promotion of the new EP, X Ambassadors supported Panic! at the Disco and Imagine Dragons on their respective tours. They also featured in The Knocks' single "Comfortable" from their second EP with the same name.

2015–16: VHSEdit

VHS is X Ambassadors' debut LP. The album was released June 30, 2015 via digital download, vinyl record and CD. The album features 20 tracks, including 7 interludes and 3 previously released songs for a total of 10 new songs. The album features collaborations with Jamie N Commons and Imagine Dragons. A special edition titled VHS 2.0 was released on June 10, 2016, with five additional tracks and the interludes removed.

X Ambassadors appeared as a collaboration on their earlier title "Comfortable" with The Knocks', which was originally released back in 2013, as part of the duo's debut album, entitled 55, which was released in March 2016. However, later on in the year, X Ambassadors lead singer Sam Harris was reunited with the duo in their new collaboration, entitled "Heat", which was released in October 2016.

On June 20, 2016, the band announced that Feldshuh would be taking an indefinite hiatus from the band to deal with personal issues.[6]

2017–18: Joyful (cancelled album)Edit

X Ambassadors released four singles in 2017: "Hoping" in March, "Torches" in April, "The Devil You Know" in June, and "Ahead of Myself" in July.[7] They also performed at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. The band was featured in a song by Eminem titled "Bad Husband", off his album Revival. They also performed in a song titled "Home" on the soundtrack for the Netflix film Bright. The song includes pop singer Bebe Rexha and rapper Machine Gun Kelly. X Ambassadors released their next single, "Joyful", on January 26, 2018.[8] Later that day they announced their second full-length album, Joyful, through their Instagram accounts, and pre-orders became available through their website.[9] The album was slated for an April 2018 release. On February 2, 2018, the band released another single off the album titled "Don't Stay".[10]

However, on April 19, 2019, over a year after the announcement of the album, it was announced that the band had cancelled it in favor of their new work for their new upcoming second studio album Orion. Lead singer Sam Harris stated that Joyful was the second iteration of their second album, and that they felt like the songs on it did not represent where they were at.[11] The singles released prior to the album's cancellation will continue to be available on streaming services.

2019–present: OrionEdit

On January 25, 2019, X Ambassadors released their new song titled "Boom", which would serve as the lead single of their upcoming second studio album. A few months later, on April 19, 2019, the band released another new song titled "Hey Child", as the second single off their new album. The same day, the band announced that the title of their upcoming album would be Orion. A third single from the album, titled "Hold You Down", was released on May 31, 2019.[12] The album was released on June 14, 2019.[11]

On August 16, 2019, the band was featured on a song titled "In Your Arms", off of Illenium's third studio album titled Ascend.[13]

On August 23, 2019, the band released a stand-alone single titled "Optimistic". The song centers around gun violence in the United States.[14]

Musical style and influencesEdit

In an interview with Caitlin White, X Ambassadors declared themselves distinctly rock with few characteristics commonly associated with indie bands.[3] They referenced Incubus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers as heroes.[3]

PhilanthropyEdit

In January 2017, Sam Harris participated in the official Women's March on Washington after-party.[15][16] Harris was joined by The National, Ani DiFranco, Samantha Ronson, Sleater-Kinney, and many others.

In March 2017, X Ambassadors performed a special show to benefit Planned Parenthood on International Women's Day.[17]

Following the benefit show, X Ambassadors released the song "Hoping" on March 10.[18][19] All proceeds from the song for the six months following its release were donated to the ACLU.[19]

In June 2017, X Ambassadors announced that they would donate all the proceeds from their Mississippi Coast Coliseum Show to Unity Mississippi - an LGBT charitable organization,[20] following the announcement that the State of Mississippi signed HB 1523 - the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act" into law.[21]

Band membersEdit

  • Sam Harris – lead vocals, guitar, saxophone, bass guitar, drums, percussion (2009–present)
  • Casey Harris – piano, keyboards, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Adam Levin – drums, percussion (2009–present)

Former member

  • Noah Feldshuh – lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2009–2016; currently on hiatus)

Sam Harris and Casey Harris are brothers, and have been friends with Feldshuh since kindergarten in Ithaca. Sam met Levin while attending the New School in New York City in 2006.[22][23]

Casey Harris has been blind since birth.[24]

Noah Feldshuh is the nephew of actress Tovah Feldshuh.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[25]
BEL
[26]
CAN
[27]
FRA
[28]
GER
[29]
UK
[30]
Litost
VHS 7 181 2 85 56 41
Orion
  • Released: June 14, 2019[35]
  • Label: KIDinaKORNER, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download
125
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Extended playsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Heat
[36]
IRE
[37]
Ambassadors
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Ambassadors
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Released under the name Ambassadors
Love Songs Drug Songs
  • Released: 7 May 2013
  • Label: KIDinaKORNER, Geffen, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download, CD
11
The Reason
  • Released: 22 April 2014 (re-released 9 June 2014)
  • Label: KIDinaKORNER, Geffen, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download, CD
7 62
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[38]
AUS
[39]
AUT
[40]
BEL
[26]
CAN
[41]
FRA
[28]
GER
[29]
IRE
[37]
NL
[42]
UK
[30]
"Tropisms"[43][A] 2009 Non-album singles
"Unconsolable"[44][B] 2012
"Unconsolable" (New version)[45] 2013 Love Songs Drug Songs
"Jungle"
(with Jamie N Commons)[46]
87 63 55 44 62 85 18 VHS
"Renegades" 2015 17 43 25 6 6 10 10 65 32 38
"American Oxygen"[53] Non-album single
"Fear"
(featuring Imagine Dragons)
VHS
"Unsteady" 20 94 61
"Collider"
(with Tom Morello)
2016 VHS 2.0[55]
"Hoping"[56] 2017 Non-album singles
"Torches"[57]
"The Devil You Know"[58]
"Ahead of Myself"[59] [C]
"Home"
(with Machine Gun Kelly and Bebe Rexha)
90 74 32 41 43 130 27 74 98 64 Bright: The Album
"Joyful"[61] 2018 Non-album singles
"Don't Stay"[62] [D]
"Boom"[63] 2019 Orion
"Hey Child"
"Hold You Down"
"Optimistic"[64] Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[38]
AUS
[39]
AUT
[40]
BEL
[26]
CAN
[41]
FRA
[28]
GER
[29]
IRE
[37]
NL
[42]
UK
[30]
"Wicked Ways"
(Eminem featuring X Ambassadors)
2013 197 The Marshall Mathers LP 2
"Comfortable"
(The Knocks featuring X Ambassadors)
2014 55
"Cannonball"
(Skylar Grey featuring X Ambassadors)
2015 Non-album single
"Sucker for Pain"
(Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons
with Logic and Ty Dolla $ign featuring X Ambassadors)
2016 15 7 6 35 19 18 8 18 18 11 Suicide Squad: The Album
"Heat"
(The Knocks featuring Sam Nelson Harris)
Testify EP
"Not Easy"
(Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King and Wiz Khalifa)
73 37 Non-album single
"Bad Husband"
(Eminem featuring X Ambassadors)
2017 [E] 94 68 167 69 44 81 Revival
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearancesEdit

Year Title Album
2013 "Love of a Life"
(Keljet featuring X Ambassadors)
Non-album single
"Wicked Ways"
(Eminem featuring X Ambassadors)
The Marshall Mathers LP 2
2014 "Comfortable"
(The Knocks featuring X Ambassadors)
So Classic
2015 "Transmission"
(Zedd featuring Logic and X Ambassadors)
True Colors
"Cannonball"
(Skylar Grey featuring X Ambassadors)
Non-album single
2017 "Bad Husband"
(Eminem featuring X Ambassadors)
Revival
2019 "In Your Arms"
(Illenium with X Ambassadors)
Ascend

Music VideosEdit

Title Year Director(s)
"Tropisms"1 2009 Jackson Morton[68]
"Unconsolable"1 2013 ENDS[69]
"Jungle" 2014 Emile Rafael & Alex Da Kid[70]
"Renegades" 2015 ENDS & Alex Da Kid[71]
"Unsteady" ENDS[72]
"American Oxygen" 2016
"Low Life" Alissa Torvinen[73]
"Collider" Tess Harrison[74]
"Hoping" 2017
"Ahead of Myself" Jake Kovnat[75]
"Joyful" 2018 Tess Harrison[76]
"Don't Stay"
"Boom" 2019
"Hold You Down" Najeeb Tarazi[77]
"Hey Child" Sam Nelson Harris[78]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Tropisms" single released under the name Ambassadors
  2. ^ "Unconsolable" single released under the name Ambassadors
  3. ^ "Ahead of Myself" did not enter the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, but peaked at number 28 on the Canadian Digital Song Sales chart.[60]
  4. ^ "Don't Stay" did not enter the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, but peaked at number 46 on the Canadian Digital Song Sales chart.[60]
  5. ^ "Bad Husband" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 15 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[67]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Rock Song "Renegades" Nominated [79]
2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Song – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film "Sucker for Pain" Nominated [80]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Alternative Rock Artist of the Year X Ambassadors Nominated [81]
Alternative Rock Song of the Year "Renegades" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Artist X Ambassadors Nominated [82]
Top Rock Song "Renegades" Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock X Ambassadors Nominated [83]
2017 Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Artist X Ambassadors Nominated [84]
Top Rock Song "Sucker for Pain" Nominated
"Unsteady" Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Rock Artist X Ambassadors Nominated [85]

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