I’m excited to announce that my band, XELLE, has finally brought out a new music video, and I was lucky enough to direct it! It’s called “Queen,” and it’s gotten about a quarter million hits in its first week out! Watch it:

Putting this video together was a crazy experience, but now that it’s out, I’m so glad we were able to pull it together. I’ll be editing the behind the scenes video about it very soon and can’t wait to share that too!

We also finally released our debut EP, Queens, so go grab it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, or any of the other online music retailers worldwide, and leave us a review when you do! You can also get an autographed hard copy of the CD at www.XELLEmusic.com/store.

The Hologram music video is still in the works, but we’re finally nearing the end of that crazy journey, and should have it out in early 2013. Thanks for your saintly patience! In the mean time, catch a glimpse of it here:

Oh. My. God. It. Has. Been. For. Ever.

Where to begin? I guess I’ll start at DECEMBER 2011, where I last left off!

So, in the last post, I talked about what a huge project the Hologram video was going to be. Well, big doesn’t even begin to describe it. This project began in October of 2011 and will have taken more than a year to complete by the time it’s done. “More than a year to make one music video? That sounds a little crazy!” Well, that’s because it IS a LOT crazy. But that’s what happens when you make one video that has 25 shoot days, 7 celebrity cameos, countless cast and crew members, endless amounts of props and locations, and on and on. Each shoot day took about 2 weeks to prepare for, so add that up and you’ve got a year of production. Now we’re in the editing phase, and it seems we’ll be there until the end of our days, even though that’s not true.

With a project like this on our plates, it’s a miracle we got anything else done this year, and yet somehow, we did! We had awesome New York shows, headlined Kentucky Pride (where I crowdsurfed for the first time–awesome!!), appeared on Oxygen’s Jersey Couture and VH1’s Big Ang, released our music video for “Invincible,” organized the release (FINALLY) of our debut EP, Queens, which drops on October 23, and now we’re planning all the rest of the EP’s music videos, to be released throughout the first half of 2013. It just never ends.

Some of the highlights of this year include:

-having Kevin Allison of MTV’s The State and the RISK! podcast in our video


-Janeane Garofalo coming over to my house to film her part of the video and then staying a half hour after filming was done to watch our other videos at my desk and talk to me about comedy and politics at length

-getting an email from Kerri Kenney with the part of the Hologram video she contributed

-the fans in Kentucky erupting after every little thing we did in our show there

-having our fans around the world tell us how much they loved the “Invincible” video

…and on and on. It’s been a great year. I just can’t wait for 2013, when we’ll finally be able to get back on the road in earnest after all this crazy work!

And to update you all more regularly!

Wow. I’ve not been so busy as I was over the last few months in a LONG time. Since I last wrote, XELLE hired our fabulous choreographer, Mila Jam, found a costume designer (Bobby Goodrich) for our tour costumes and got those made, conceived, rehearsed and debuted our first full tour show, and played in New Paltz, NY, Albany, NY, Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY, Milwaukee, WI, and Chicago, IL.

Touring is the most fun thing in the world, in my opinion. Nothing is better than having someone pay to fly you out and put you up somewhere so you can get paid to do a show in front of hundreds or thousands of people who then come up to you afterward and take pictures and want your autograph. I wish we could be on tour every day and I can’t wait till we are!

The first stop on the tour was Albany, NY, where we opened for C&C Music Factory, which was awesome. It was great to see their music performed live and to meet the man who actually rapped on the recordings of songs like “Gonna Make You Sweat.” He was just a regular guy from Brooklyn and totally sassy and nice. My mind is always blown by meeting early 90’s celebs. Love it. The next day, we performed in New Paltz, New York, at Hudson Valley Pride, and then again that night at Truman’s, a huge club. It was so good to get some of the new songs on their feet in front of an audience, and we and the new music were both very well received.

Next, it was off to Milwaukee Pridefest, where we played to a crowd of over 2000 on Friday night…

XELLE at the PUMP! Dance Pavillion at Milwaukee Pride 6.10.11. Photo: Abeni Garrett
…and then for a crowd of over 6,000 on Saturday night, when we opened for Salt n Pepa!
XELLE on the Miller Lite Mainstage 6.11.11 at Milwaukee Pridefest
Two weeks later, we were off to Chicago to play in front of this many:
The crowd was huge at Chicago Pride!

But before we could do that, Mya (yes, THE Mya!) OPENED FOR US and then we met her!

XELLE with Mya at Chicago Pride 6.25.11

Then we performed our full show…

The beginning of the XELLE show at Chicago Pride
Then, since we’re basing the theme of our show on royalty, we knighted one of our fans, who turned out to be one of our twitter followers!
XELLE knights a special fan at the Chicago Pride show

After the show, a huge crowd of fans rushed over to the merch table to meet us, buy merch, take photos and get their merch autographed. It was so awesome to meet everyone and see what a great reaction we got in Chicago.

Now, it’s back to the grind, with continued dance rehearsals, revisions to the show, booking as many promotional and full show dates as possible in as many places as we can, and beginning to dominate the tri-state area so we can start expanding from there. There’s a ton of work to do, and I’m excited to do it!