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X Ambassadors
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X Ambassadors performing in December 2015
Background information
Also known as
  • Ambassadors
  • XA
OriginIthaca, New York, United States
Years active2009–present
Associated acts
  • Sam Harris
  • Casey Harris
  • Adam Levin
Past membersNoah Feldshuh

X Ambassadors (also stylized XA) is an American rock band from Ithaca, New York. Its members currently include lead vocalist Sam Harris, keyboardist Casey Harris, and drummer Adam Levin. Their most notable songs include "Jungle", "Renegades", and "Unsteady". The band's debut full-length album, VHS, was released on June 30, 2015.

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2009–12: Ambassadors EP and Litost

X Ambassadors began as a band titled Ambassadors, touring with artists such as LIGHTS. During this time, they self-released their debut EP, Ambassadors EP, creating a music video for its lead single, "Tropisms". Shortly after, the band self-released its debut LP, Litost, which included the song "Litost", which would later be used on the soundtrack for The Host. The band signed a music publishing deal in 2012 with SONGS Music Publishing.[1] The band started a Kickstarter account to shoot a video for the lead single, "Unconsolable", which would be re-recorded later.[2] The group was noticed by Imagine Dragons while frontman Dan Reynolds was sick in the hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. Reynolds heard an acoustic version of "Unconsolable" on 96X WROX-FM and asked Interscope to sign the band as soon as possible.[3][4]

2013–14: Love Songs Drug Songs EP and The Reason EP

X Ambassadors released their debut major label EP, Love Songs Drug Songs in 2013. The EP included the track "Stranger" co-written by Dan Reynolds.[5] In promotion of the EP they toured supporting Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Eat World and The Mowglis. In 2014, the band released a second major label EP, The Reason. In promotion of the new EP, X Ambassadors supported Panic! at the Disco and Imagine Dragons on their respective tours. They also featured in The Knocks' single "Comfortable" from their second EP with the same name.

2015–16: VHS and The Knocks collaboration

VHS is X Ambassadors' debut LP. The album was released June 30 via digital download, vinyl record and CD. The album features 20 tracks, including 7 interludes and 3 previously released songs for a total of 10 new songs. The album features collaborations with Jamie N Commons and Imagine Dragons.

X Ambassadors appeared as a collaboration on their earlier title "Comfortable" with The Knocks', which was originally released back in 2013, as part of the duo's debut album, entitled 55, which was released in March 2016. However, later on in the year, X Ambassadors lead singer Sam Harris was reunited with the duo in their new collaboration, entitled "Heat", which was released in October 2016.

On June 20, 2016, the band announced that Feldshuh would be taking an indefinite hiatus from the band to deal with personal issues.[6]

2017–present: joyful

X Ambassadors released four singles in 2017: "Hoping" in March, "Torches" in April, "The Devil You Know" in June, and "Ahead of Myself" in July.[7] They also performed at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. X Ambassadors were featured in a song by Eminem, titled "Bad Husband", which was for his album Revival. The band was featured on a song titled "Home" on the soundtrack for the Netflix film Bright. The song also features pop singer Bebe Rexha and rapper Machine Gun Kelly. They released their second single entitled "joyful" on January 26, 2018.[8] Later that day they announced their second album joyful through their Instagram accounts and pre-orders became available through their website.[9]

Musical style and influences

In an interview with Caitlin White, X Ambassadors declared themselves distinctly rock with few characteristics commonly associated with indie bands.[3] They referenced Incubus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers as heroes.[3]


In January 2017, Sam Harris participated in the official Women's March on Washington after-party.[10][11] Harris was joined by The National, Ani DiFranco, Samantha Ronson, Sleater-Kinney, and many others.

In March 2017, X Ambassadors performed a special show to benefit Planned Parenthood on International Women's Day.[12]

Following the benefit show, X Ambassadors released the song "Hoping" on March 10.[13][14] All proceeds from the song for the six months following its release were donated to the ACLU.[14]

In June 2017, X Ambassadors announced that they would donate all the proceeds from their Mississippi Coast Coliseum Show to Unity Mississippi - an LGBT charitable organization,[15] following the announcement that the State of Mississippi signed HB 1523 - the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act" into law.[16]

Band members

  • Sam Harris – lead vocals, guitar, saxophone, bass guitar, drums, percussion (2009–present)
  • Casey Harris – piano, keyboards, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Adam Levin – drums, percussion (2009–present)

Former member

  • Noah Feldshuh – lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2009–2015) on a hiatus

Sam Harris and Casey Harris are brothers, and have been friends with Feldshuh since kindergarten in Ithaca. Sam met Levin while attending the New School in New York City in 2006.[17][18]

Casey Harris has been blind since birth.[19]


Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
VHS 7 2 85 56 41
  • Release date: TBA
  • Label: KIDinaKORNER, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Extended plays

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Heat
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Ambassadors
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Love Songs Drug Songs
  • Released: 7 May 2013
  • Label: KIDinaKORNER, Geffen, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download, CD
The Reason
  • Released: 22 April 2014 (re-released 9 June 2014)
  • Label: KIDinaKORNER, Geffen, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download, CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  • Note 1: As Ambassadors.


As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Tropisms"[37]1 2009 Non-album singles
"Unconsolable"[38]1 2012
"Unconsolable" (New version)[39] 2013 Love Songs Drug Songs
(with Jamie N Commons)[40]
87 63 55 44 62 85 18 VHS
"Renegades" 2015 17 43 25 6 10 10 65 4 32 38
"American Oxygen"[47] Non-album single
(featuring Imagine Dragons)
"Unsteady" 20 94 61
(with Tom Morello)
2016 VHS 2.0[49]
"Hoping"[50] 2017 Joyful[29]
"The Devil You Know"[52]
"Ahead of Myself"[53]
(with Machine Gun Kelly and Bebe Rexha)
90 74 32 43 130 27 74 98 64 Bright: The Album
"Joyful"[54] 2018 Joyful[29]
"Don't Stay"[55]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
(The Knocks featuring X Ambassadors)
2013 55
"Sucker for Pain"
(Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons
with Logic and Ty Dolla $ign featuring X Ambassadors)
2016 15 7 6 19 18 8 18 19 18 11 Suicide Squad: The Album
(The Knocks featuring Sam Nelson Harris)
Testify EP
"Not Easy"
(Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King and Wiz Khalifa)
73 non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

Year Title Album
2013 "Love of a Life"
(Keljet featuring X Ambassadors)
Non-album single
"Wicked Ways"
(Eminem featuring X Ambassadors)
The Marshall Mathers LP 2
2014 "Comfortable"
(The Knocks featuring X Ambassadors)
So Classic
2015 "Transmission"
(Zedd featuring Logic and X Ambassadors)
True Colors
(Skylar Grey featuring X Ambassadors)
Non-album single
2017 "Bad Husband"
(Eminem featuring X Ambassadors)

Music Videos

  • "Unconsolable"
  • "Jungle"
  • "Lowlife"
  • "Renegade"
  • "Unsteady"
  • "Collider"
  • "American Oxygen"
  • "Sucker for Pain"
  • "Hoping"
  • "Ahead of Myself"
  • "Home"
  • "Joyful"
  • "Don't Stay"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Rock Song "Renegades" Nominated [58]
2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Song – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film "Sucker for Pain" Nominated [59]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Alternative Rock Artist of the Year X Ambassadors Nominated [60]
Alternative Rock Song of the Year "Renegades" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Artist X Ambassadors Nominated [61]
Top Rock Song "Renegades" Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock X Ambassadors Nominated [62]
2017 Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Artist X Ambassadors Nominated [63]
Top Rock Song "Sucker for Pain" Nominated
"Unsteady" Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Rock Artist X Ambassadors Nominated [64]


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