Quincy Jones Protégé, Xriss, Speaks Out Against Donald Trump in her “Black Dress”
“The strength, intelligence, compassion and beauty that every woman embodies is one of the most powerful forces on the planet.” – Quincy Jones
Lebanese pop singer, Xriss, released her debut single that packs a powerful message for women everywhere. “Black Dress” is about women rising up to take control of their lives and stand against oppression, specifically sexual abuse. The gripping single is available now on iTunes while the music video can be viewed on YouTube.
Executive produced by music mogul, Quincy Jones and produced by Alberto Bof, Xriss’ debut single, “Black Dress,” is the perfect balance of empowerment and sexiness. Her stunning powerhouse vocals soar over an upbeat tempo that gives the serious song a playful sense. The urban pop track begins with an intense beat layered with Xriss’ fierce voice exuding the feeling of liberation, strength and fearlessness. “You think you know how this night will go, but I’ve got some bad news for you baby,” sings Xriss, proving she won’t let anyone control her. Inspired by Xriss’ involvement with an underground feminist group based in the Middle East, “Black Dress” was crafted to encourage women to take a stance against sexism.
The music video, directed by Nathan Flanagan-Frankl, is just as intriguing as the single with its powerful imagery and message. Flanagan-Frankl and Xriss joined forces to create a video concept that touches on the climax of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Quincy Jones applauds her for her passion and loyalty to the cause, adding his own statement: “The strength, intelligence, compassion and beauty that every woman embodies is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. Seeing a young Lebanese woman standing up for what she believes in with her art makes my soul smile. Go get ‘em Xriss!”
Born in a small town in Lebanon, Xriss discovered her passion for music while singing karaoke with her family at a young age. She was fascinated with popular American singers and rock stars shown to her by her father who lived abroad in the United States. Before long, Xriss was working at a karaoke bar as a hostess where her shifts turned into performances. Xriss obtained a degree in fine arts and theatre while still pursing music on the side. After joining a few local bands, she gained a residency at Beirut’s top live music lounge and toured throughout the Middle East and North Africa. She was then accepted to be contestant on the debut season of The Voice [Arabia], advancing to the quarterfinals, where she gained thousands of fans and exposure in the region. Xriss then had the opportunity to sing for Quincy Jones, will.i.am, and Timbaland at the Dubai Music Week Talent Search, completely stunning the panel of A-list judges. Shortly after, she signed a management deal with Global Gumbo Group, a joint venture between Quincy Jones and Badr Jafar.
Never one to hold her tongue, Xriss is a known singer with strong convictions. Her poise and empowering music is something she hopes will help women everywhere. “Black Dress” is yet another example of how Xriss can add an artistic touch to inspire others. To keep up with Xriss’ journey, visit her website at Xriss.com.