The X Collective are very excited to announce that they will release their debut album coming later this year.
‘WB’ the first song from The X Collective’s album, performed by members Chloë Agnew, Zapho, Senita, Toshín, and Gemma Bradley, is out now on all digital platforms.
“This song has been a long time coming, we knew it was special and so we had originally intended to pitch it to a well-known girl band, instead we came up with the idea to make our own band within the collective itself. We weren’t short of some outrageously talented vocalists! Seeing the song grow from a small home-produced demo to a ten person musical collaboration was magical, and making the music video to match our vision was key to capture a sense of the women behind the music.” – The X Collective
In 2020, Oíche Events launched a new Irish music platform The X Collective, with music and artistic expression at its core. Founded by industry pro’s, Emily Shaw (Oíche Events) and Ele Breslin (ZAPHO), The X Collective is a growing community with over 70 artists and creatives signed up to the initiative, offering them a broad spectrum of music industry skills and expertise including recording, songwriting, producing, management, PR, videography, event management and much more.
The first single from the collective, released in 2020, was ‘Collide ft Jenny Browne’ by ZAPHO & Tolu Makay.
Two years ago at a songwriting camp ‘WB’ producer/songwriter Ele Breslin (ZAPHO, The X Collective Co-Founder) and singer/songwriter Chloë Agnew (Celtic Woman) crossed paths on their musical journey’s – a meeting they would later remember as the very beginning of ‘WB’. It was during that camp matchup that a shelved ZAPHO loop was dusted off and revived into a demo reflective of Breslin and Agnew’s collaborative labour. Quickly and organically that demo evolved further into not just an infectious track, but also a powerful concept. Breslin and Agnew lost themselves in the creation and performance of ‘WB’, and soon a track that they initially intended to pitch to a well-known girl-band, became the one you’ll see them both appear on today, ‘WB’.
Also featured on the track are singer/songwriters Tosin Bankole (Toshín), Gemma Bradley (artist/BBC Radio1 presenter), and Senita Appiakorang (FKA Shookrah), each of whom bring with them their own unique blends of fresh vocal talent and not-to-be-messed-with girl power.
The result is an empowering, female-driven pop anthem with a girl-gang energy similar to that of 2001’s Lady Marmalade. ‘WB’ is a hitting the gym song, a girl’s night out song, a forget the one who did you wrong song. It’s a showcase of balanced and varied female vocals, clean production (Zapho) and a finished product unlike anything else on the Irish music scene today. But most of all it’s a celebration of reclaiming one’s own strength and confidence, and a bold musical embodiment of female solidarity.
‘WB’ the first song from The X Collective’s forthcoming album, performed by collective members Chloë Agnew, Zapho, Senita, Toshín and Gemma Bradley, is out now on all platforms.
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