Los Angeles-based music artist Ivoree Xavier Drops Six-Song EP Titled “Prince of Sorrow.”

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Take a kid who grew up listening to 90’s R&B and add him to a pot with some modern R&B and pop music, “throw some flavor in there” and mix it all together

That’s how Los Angeles-based music artist Ivoree Xavier describes himself and fans can hear for themselves with his new six-song EP titled “Prince of Sorrow.”

“The sound is singer-songwriter R&B, very chill, very relaxed,” Xavier says. “The theme of the EP is unrequited love and it just came about because I’ve been in cycles of unrequited love for a few years so those songs are just a testament to that.”

Xavier released the first single, Scorpio, last fall after working on the song for a few years; it was produced by JB Terrace, who handled three tracks from the EP. While his favorites change, Xavier especially likes Jealous, which features the vocals of Heather Riffel.

“I think our voices sound really good together and I like the lyrics on that one,” he says

Wish You Well, an uptempo pop track produced by THRTN, has garnered the most attention from audiences. Xavier released a music video for the song last fall that has been viewed nearly 30,000 times on YouTube

“You said you want to move on,” Xavier sings. “Baby there’s nobody stopping you from getting you the fuck away from me.”

“This time around I don’t think I wish you well,” he adds.

“Everyone’s been really receptive to Wish You Well,” he says. “Especially little kids – they’re making TikToks to it which is the funniest thing to me because some of them look like they’re six years old and I’m like why are you even listening to this?”

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Xavier has said he wouldn’t be here today if not for music in his life. He always sang growing up, usually in the car with his mother and sisters, and performed in musicals at school. He later auditioned for NBC’s The Voice.

“Growing up I really listened to a lot of neo soul and R&B,” he says. “I feel like the EP doesn’t really reflect that, it definitely reflects more of the pop side when it comes to the sound with a little urban flavor but lyrically I think it still stands true from the R&B side because the R&B music I grew up on lyrically is like amazing.”

Xavier drew inspiration from artists like Mariah Carey “and the stories they tell in their music is something I wanted to include in mine. I wanted it to tell a story.”

And he also took inspiration from music videos like Calvin Harris’ This Is What You Came For featuring Rihanna and Drake’s Hotline Bling, which leans heavily on the use of color.

“I definitely feel like it’s more in a direction of where I want to go especially visually,” Xavier says. “And not even with the music video, with the lyric videos too which I made myself. It’s definitely more of the direction I want to go. I feel like it’s a taste of what’s to come.”

Xavier has at least two more music videos in the works. Check out the Ivoree Xavier YouTube account to watch the others and hear the new EP on Soundcloud. All social media handles are @ivoreexavier.

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