Miami based Lebanese-American singer-songwriter, Xriss, dropped the first track from her upcoming EP this month titled “Mister Mister” which features multi-lingual lyrics, captivating vocals and a fresh beat, all contributing to the growing success of the track which has become a staple in clubs from Miami to Dubai.
The song’s highly-anticipated music video releases today, November 10th, via Pop Arabia, the leading music publisher and independent music company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The recording artist spent her childhood in Nigeria where from a young age, she and her siblings were raised in a trilingual household. While mostly speaking English at home, her education was essentially all in French. Her fluency in Arabic strengthened when she and her family moved back to Lebanon. It wasn’t until later in her late 20’s that she immigrated to the United States and got acquainted with Latino music while living in Los Angeles and Miami. That is when she developed a taste for its sassy rhythms and dance-inducing melodies and began to learn Spanish.
Owing to her multicultural upbringing, Xriss has infused “Mister Mister” with the mystery of the Middle Eastern soundscape, the elegance of the French language, and the groove of Latino sensuality. Striking a balance in a sound that is unique only to her, the Lebanese-American sensation matches her upbeat, spontaneous and bubbly personality in her debut track.
“I’m thrilled about this release. Live music is finally back, and I am absolutely delighted to get back into the studio. I have missed the stage,” Xriss stated.
Xriss described her experience collaborating with producer Tyler James Bellinger and songwriter Kyle Kelso as “Just fantastic!” The three of them got together to work on Xriss’s upcoming EP during the pandemic.
While developing the sound for her single, Xriss felt that it needed to have a rich flavor that projected the story of where she came from, where she has been living, and what music has done for her. As she delved deeper into the creative process, the EP became a projection of who she is – a peak into her very person.
“During the period that we were working together, Tyler sent a funny tune to our ‘Miami Sesh’ whatsapp group. He said it was a hook that randomly came to him in the shower, being what you now hear as the chorus for Mister Mister”, Xriss reminisced. It was simple, catchy, and the trio knew they were on to something. Not long after all the pieces were put together, the debut track of the upcoming EP came to life.