X Ambassadors

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X Ambassadors
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X Ambassadors performing in December 2015
Background information
Also known as
  • Ambassadors
  • XA
Origin Ithaca, New York, United States
Genres
Years active 2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website xambassadors.com
Members
  • Sam Harris
  • Casey Harris
  • Noah Feldshuh
  • Adam Levin

X Ambassadors (also stylized XA) is an American rock band from Ithaca, New York. It currently consists of lead vocalist Sam Harris, keyboardist Casey Harris, lead guitarist Noah Feldshuh, 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.

History[edit]

2009–12: Ambassadors EP and Litost[edit]

X Ambassadors began as a band titled simply 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". 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 "Unconsolable" on 96X WROX-FM and asked Interscope to sign the band as soon as possible.[3][4]

2013–14: Love Songs Drug Songs EP and The Reason EP[edit]

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: VHS and The Knocks collaboration[edit]

VHS is X Ambassadors' debut LP. The album was released June 30 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.

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.

Musical style and influences[edit]

In an interview with Caitlin White, X Ambassadors declared themselves distinctly rock with few characteristics commonly associated with indie bands.[3] They referenced Incubus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Michael Bolton as heroes.[3] These bands can be heard as influences on X Ambassadors's sound.

Band members[edit]

Current Members

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

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.[6][7]

Casey Harris has been blind since birth.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[9]
CAN
[10]
FRA
[11]
GER UK
[12]
Litost
  • Released: February 7, 2012 [13]
  • Label: Ambassadors
  • Format: Digital download, CD
VHS 7 2 85 56 41
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Heat
[9]
Ambassadors1
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Ambassadors
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Love Songs Drug Songs 11
The Reason
  • Released: 22 April 2014 (Rereleased 9 June 2014)
  • Label: KIDinaKORNER, Geffen Records, Interscope Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD
7
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[17]
AUS
[18]
AUT
[19]
CAN
[20]
FRA
[11]
GER
[21]
IRE
[22]
ITA
[23]
NL
[24]
UK
[12]
"Tropisms"[25]1 2009 Non-album singles
"Unconsolable"[26]1 2012
"Unconsolable" (New version)[27] 2013 Love Songs Drug Songs
"Jungle"
(with Jamie N Commons featuring Jay Z)[28]
2014 87 63 55 44 62 85 18 VHS
"Renegades" 2015 17 43 25 6 10 10 65 4 32 38
"American Oxygen"[37] Non-album single
"Fear"
(featuring Imagine Dragons)
VHS
"Unsteady" 20 94 61
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[38]
  • MC: Platinum[39]
"Collider"
(with Tom Morello)
2016 VHS 2.0[40]
"Hoping" 2017 TBA
"Torches"
"The Devil You Know"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[17]
AUS
[18]
AUT
[19]
CAN
[20]
FRA
[11]
GER
[21]
IRE
[22]
ITA
[23]
NL
[24]
UK
[12]
"Comfortable" The Knocks featuring X Ambassadors) 2013 55
"Sucker for Pain"
(Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Logic and Ty Dolla $ign featuring X Ambassadors)
2016 15 7 6 19 18 8 18 19 18 11 Suicide Squad: The Album
"Heat"
(The Knocks featuring Sam Nelson Harris)
Testify EP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Rock Song "Renegades" Nominated [44]
2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Song – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film "Sucker for Pain" Nominated [45]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Alternative Rock Artist of the Year X Ambassadors Nominated [46]
Alternative Rock Song of the Year "Renegades" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Artist X Ambassadors Nominated [47]
Top Rock Song "Renegades" Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock X Ambassadors Nominated [48]
2017 Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Artist X Ambassadors Nominated [49]
Top Rock Song "Sucker for Pain" Nominated
"Unsteady" Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Rock Artist X Ambassadors Pending [50]

Notes[edit]

Notes
  • Note 1: As Ambassadors.

References[edit]

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