Photo: Shannon Kelly Photography

Photo: Shannon Kelly Photography

XOXOK hails from Carrboro, North Carolina. The music of XOXOK is conceived on the fretboard, cradled in headphones, and cultivated at the microphone. The guitar and vocal influences are far-flung, but cohesive (Jeff Buckley, John Frusciante, Frank Ocean, James Blake). The songs are about love and struggle on a personal, transcendent scale. The lyrics evoke a cool-headed poeticism, full of soul and vulnerability. 

Often armed with just an electric guitar, the live performance is a model of intimacy and presence. With a “warm voice [that] embraces you” (Resonating Tunes), XOXOK delivers a combination of soulful, smooth, and soft tunes laced with unabashed emotion. His live performance résumé includes: a session for the popular Sofar Sounds;  Hopscotch Music Festival Day Parties; storied Triangle venues (e.g., Local 506, Kings Barcade), First Night Raleigh, and more. 

In 2016, he released recordings of his Audioasis Sessions. In 2017, he began recording his debut album, an amalgam of sparkling melodies and rewarding compositions. With every song, he pens his love letter to the world.