XELLE has released “Invincible” in partnership with GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), a national organization that works to provide all students with safe, inclusive, bully-free school communities.
Proceeds from the sale of the song will go to benefit GLSEN‘s important and noble work.
XELLE wants you to know that their name is not pronounced “zelle” or “ex-elly.” It’s pronounced “XL,” because XELLE loves big things: big voices, big personalities and making big smash hits. As the first pop group to consist of two girls and a drag queen, they are a girl group with something extra. While that concept might sound like a novelty, their music is anything but.
XELLE makes Mega Pop. Their songs include vocal performances and lush melodies inspired by bands like ABBA, Ace of Base and The Spice Girls. Their intricate harmonies recall those of Queen, Pink Floyd and the Mamas and the Papas. Toss in the dance diva beats of artists like Madonna, Donna Summer, CeCe Peniston, Britney Spears and Martha Wash, and you’ll find all the ingredients that make up XELLE’s delicious sound. Their live show is like fireworks: the girls explode when they hit the stage. XELLE thrives in front of an audience. Just give them three microphones and they’ll show you a great time.
“Party Girl,” XELLE’s smash debut single, premiered on MTV’s The Seven, and the song’s music video went viral after being praised as “campy deliciousness” and “an effing good time” by Perez Hilton on PerezHilton.com. The music video, in which XELLE and 40 friends throw a party on a real, moving NYC subway train without a permit, was filmed in a single take and has been in heavy rotation on television and at video bars across the USA. “Party Girl” has received airplay on radio stations around the world, including Sirius XM Satellite Radio and JOY FM in Australia, where it was among the top ten most popular songs.
Together, JC Cassis, Rony G and Mimi Imfurst are XELLE, but separately, they come from a wide variety of life experiences. They have lived in Boston, Israel, Maine, the Philippines, Holland, and New York City. They’ve been writing songs since the age of 8, both for their own projects and for other artists such as Martha Wash. They’ve voiced an animated baby penguin, a talking vending machine and numerous radio jingles. They have been the onscreen singing voice for a famous actress, but are not allowed to say who it is. They’ve won Amateur Night at the Apollo and released music as solo artists, including a single on the 2010 FIFA World Cup album “Triumph Through Football” for Sony Music. They’ve served two years in the army and can take apart, put together, and fire an Uzi sub-machine gun, M16 and Galil rifle. They graduated from Harvard. They worked as professional baseball umpires. They can speak French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Tagalog and English. They can play the piano, flute, saxophone, tambourine, guitar and a fierce kazoo. They’ve worked with Lady Gaga, Martha Wash, Kathy Griffin, Mya, Crystal Waters, Mo’nique, Salt-N-Pepa, C&C Music Factory, Lil’ Kim, Vanessa Williams, LaToya Jackson, Howard Stern, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, RuPaul, P!nk, and Dolly Parton. Before dominating the stages of New York City, they were busy performing around the world in places such as London, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Thailand, Holland, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, and almost every US State. They’ve been featured in US Weekly and People Magazine. They’ve performed in night clubs, cruise ships, on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall and even 35,000 feet up in the air on a plane. Their diverse pasts have driven and inspired them to create a unique musical experience for their fans.
Despite their eclectic individual histories, fate struck when the three girls met during a chance run-in at a karaoke bar in New York City’s famed Chelsea neighborhood. After hearing Rony and JC sing their faces off, Mimi demanded that the two girls sing a song with her, and, since no one says no to a drag queen with a microphone, the three girls sang “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, not knowing what to expect. It turned out to be a magical moment. Rony’s friend, superstar music producer Zach Adam, watched the performance and was inspired by what he heard. He wrote “Party Girl” for the girls to record as their first single, they formed XELLE, and the rest is music history. After a debut performance as three strangers on a tiny stage in Manhattan, XELLE has begun to take over the world.