X Ambassadors sign with Virgin Music, share ‘Happy People’

New single features Teddy Swims & Jac Ross

Virgin Music announces the signing of X Ambassadors and release “Happy People,” the first release of the new deal.

“X Ambassadors are at a point in their career where they know exactly where they are going and what they want in a partner to help them get there,” Virgin Music President Jacqueline Saturn says in welcoming the pop group to the label. “We are thrilled to have them join Virgin and we will use our global resources to help them reach new audiences and excel even further in what is already an incredible career. We can’t wait to share their new music.”

The new single, “Happy People,” is a soulful and introspective song featuring acoustic guitar backed by piano. Lead singer Sam Nelson and the featured artists Teddy Swims & Jac Ross display their impressive vocals and ability to harmonize with one another throughout the song. Lyrically, the new song focuses on striving for happiness while struggling with one’s own mental health.

“Happy People” is a part of the band’s ongoing (Eg) collaborative singles project which highlights the band’s songwriting/producing abilities. Along with the track release, X Ambassadors have released a video for “Happy People” which includes the full band and both featured musicians performing on a suburban front lawn highlighting the collaborative ‘singalong’ feel of the new single.

“Our new song “Happy People,” featuring Teddy Swims and Jack Ross, is about struggling to maintain your own health and happiness while constantly being assaulted with images of everyone else’s seemingly perfect lives,” Nelson says. “This is something we all come up against every day, just looking down on our phones. Having the opportunity to work with Teddy and Jack on this song was a transcendent experience with both of them. Any time they open their mouths, you just feel so deeply what it is they’re saying and what it is they’re singing, they cannot help but reveal everything to you when they sing and that is golden.”

“Happy People” is the latest in a series of successful releases for X Ambassadors. After organically attracting an audience, their 2015 full-length debut, VHS, bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and eventually earned a Platinum certification, paving the way for Orion in 2019 and The Beautiful Liar in 2021. Along the way, their dynamic catalog continued to grow, highlighted by anthems such as the quadruple Platinum “Unsteady,” triple Platinum “Renegades,” and Platinum “Jungle” with Jamie N Commons, “Home” with Machine Gun Kelly & Bebe Rexha, and more.

X Ambassadors are currently on a summer tour where they will be heading to Europe for a series of performances.

Buddy Iahn
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