Opened for Eilen Jewell at 2013 Black Potatoe Music Festival
Opened for Kopecky Family Band at Dakota Tavern
Opened for Meiko at Hotel Cafe
Showcased at Canadian Music Festival 2013
"Killing Kind of Love" featured on trailer for ABC's hit show Revenge
Xenia Dunford’s sultry smoky voice is made to be seen and heard, so it’s no surprise she and her band have been invited to perform at such legendary venues as The Viper Room, House of Blues, The Hotel Café and Key Club as well as Canadian Music Week. If a picture is worth a thousand words her voice is the instrument to paint that scene, while her song, “Killing Kind of Love,” provided the perfect musical backdrop in recent ads of ABC’s Revenge.
Xenia Dunford’s evolution has been a fast one. Her 2011 self-titled EP featured heavy amounts of jazz, piano ballads and pop, while her second release, 2012’s Lonely Streets EP, saw her mixing those same elements with more rock and acoustic sensibilities. With the release of her first full-length album, His & Hers, Dunford’s evolution continues as she adds even more musical variety to her repertoire with hints of folk rock, country and Americana appearing throughout this album. It’s astounding to look at the progression she’s made in such a short time.
Whether singing about how difficult it is to leave all you know behind on the piano ballad “Home Waits For Me,” crooning about a handsome stranger she can’t get out of her mind in the bluesy piano rock number “A Way About You,” or extolling the virtues of being yourself and accepting others for who they are in the soulful Americana rock number “Rhyme and Reason,” Dunford gives impassioned performances throughout His & Hers. Musically, “1963” stands as the best example of how His & Hers creates a bridge to Dunford’s musical past and future while immersing itself squarely in the present. The song’s upbeat pop-meets-folk-meets-Dixieland-jazz sound showcase many of the familiar and new dynamics that are to be found on this record.
Fast forward a few years and listeners—and Dunford herself—now have a much clearer idea of what her songs can be. While in a number of ways His & Hers remains similar to her first two releases—all three incorporate jazzy elements, healthy doses of piano, Dunford’s honey-sweet smoky vocals and insightful lyrics—the album also stands out as the most cohesive piece of work she has created. Produced by Charlton Pettus, the twelve songs on the record—which features nine new tracks and three from the Lonely Streets EP—navigate through the ups and downs of life and encourages the listener to blaze their own trail. This is fitting considering Dunford’s desire to do her own thing, musically.
"Xenia comes across as immediately accessible and honest... the Boston/Vermont singer-songwriter has added elements of folk rock, country and Americana - pieces of the puzzle that are helping her smoky voice rise above the din." - Ryan's Smashing Life