*R&B songstress Monica is hitting a city near you in a cross-country tour in anticipation of her upcoming album Code Red with “The Code Red Experience” and she’s bringing special guest and ATL based fun, flirty and forward girl group, XSO.
The 22-date tour kicks off Nov. 12 in Las Vegas and hits major markets like Los Angeles and Atlanta, concluding the nationwide tour in New York City on Dec. 13. Also, joining Monica and XSO is super producer/songwriter turned solo artist Rico Love.
Monica took to social media to say, “Join us for The Code RED Experience…. @iamricolove & I live and breathe for the depth, honesty & passion that embodies real music.” “Each night we will take you on a musical journey.”
“We’re so excited to be on tour with Monica. We’ve been working like crazy to perfect our performance and hope everyone loves the show,” exclaim XSO.
Tickets on sale now in select markets. Check out a list of dates below.
The Code Red Experience Tour Dates:
Nov. 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Nov. 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
Nov. 15 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Nov. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theater
Nov. 19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Nov. 21 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts
Nov. 22 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy
Nov. 23 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Nov. 25 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Nov. 27 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva Theatre
Nov. 28 – Raleigh, NC – Ritz
Nov. 29 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
Dec. 1 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Dec. 2 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Dec. 3 – Atlanta, GA – Special Performance
Dec. 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Dec. 6 – Detroit, MI – MotorCity Casino Hotel
Dec. 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Dec. 9 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Dec. 10 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
Dec. 13 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
There has always been a girl group to encompass the spirit of every generation. In the 60s, there was the classic sultry Supremes. The 70s unearthed a glamorous and fashion forward bold LaBelle.
The 80s ushered in the girl-next-door Hip-Hop sexy Salt-N-Pepa, while the 90s presented the B-Girl allure TLC. The 2000’s gave birth to the fearless independent Destiny’s Child.
And now, stepping up to claim their place amongst these legendary groups is XSO.
Jaz, Vii and Paije took very different roads to Atlanta and it’s burgeoning music scene. However, circumstance brought all three girls to the hotbed of talent discovery.
“We want to be a household name,” says Paije. “We want to be relatable.”
As luck would have it, they meet up with the right man. Devyne Stephens is the music mogul with the Midas touch. He was instrumental in breaking chart-topping acts such as, Akon, and the development of Destiny’s Child, Usher, TLC, Diddy and more.
He executively ran KonLive and Konvict Muzik home to Lady Gaga and T-Pain. Knowing exactly when to strike, he delivers XSO and together they are working on telling familiar, relatable stories through music about love, life, and heartbreak. But more than anything else:
“Our music is about having fun,” exclaims Vii, echoing the sentiment of her group mates.
The ladies decided on the name XSO; a promise to fans that they will always give their genuine, sincere selves. Naturally the group emits a smooth, flirty and forward vibe that makes anyone want to get to know more about them. “XSO is a special group. On site you fall in love with them,” says Stephens. “They are exactly what the music industry has been missing in a girl group. I can’t wait for the world to get to know them.”
XSO is indeed ready to take the world by storm, but they don’t shy away from comparisons of the groundbreaking girl groups that preceded them. “We accept the comparisons,” explains Jaz, “but we’re going to show how we are different. We’re building off the trailblazers who came before us.” I see them more like the female version of Bell Biv Devoe,” says Devyne Stephens.
Their infectious new single, “Why Not?” marries a catchy beat with fun lyrics, yet at the same time XSO is using the song and it’s title for a purposeful platform. Why Not stand for something? Their music reflects their individual personalities. XSO is clear that they need to show the world that they have a good time and can stand up for what they believe in.
Smooth. Flirty. Forward. These are just three words to remember when these young ladies come to mind. XSO is primed for longevity as they are focused on leaving a legacy. Let’s hear it for the girls – XSO.
Follow XSO at: @WeAreXso
“Why Not” Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjSxBLajZWE