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Xan….

Singer, actor, dancer, songwriter, and teacher - Xan does it all. Xan is a highly trained performer, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre Performance from Arizona State University in the spring of 2019. Her debut single “Sorry For Myself” that she wrote, is currently available on all the major streaming platforms. She has been seen in a multitude of productions throughout California and Arizona, even being nominated for the esteemed Elly Award in the Leading Actress in a Play category. In 2015, she placed second in the NATS Cal-Western Regional Competition’s Musical Theatre category, which consisted of the top musical theatre singers from five other states. She has also competed in several classical singing competitions in which she has been ranked “superior”.

Xan’s first love was musical theatre. After seeing the hit musical “Wicked”, Xan decided she wanted nothing more in life than to perform. “When I was little, I was extremely shy. I didn’t even want to walk down the aisle as a flower girl at my aunt’s wedding! My babysitter had to run me down the aisle while I was sobbing. But I loved singing and I wanted to perform. So one day, I told my mom I was going to audition at the community theatre in my hometown. We got in the car and when we got there, I got cold feet- There was no way I was going in that audition room! She told me “Get out of the car. I’ll pick you up in an hour” and drove away… That was my first lead role”.

Xan had a one-track mind when it came to musical theatre until her senior year of high school when she began to develop a love for pop music. She started watching interviews with top songwriters like Max Martin and Kara Dioguardi and really developed a respect for the process and product of songwriting. She began writing her own songs, with the hopes of one day recording them professionally. “Songwriting is such a brave thing to do. It requires a certain amount of vulnerability and acceptance of life as it is.  Songwriters often express things that people don’t want to say in real life….but it’s somehow okay to belt out in a song! Through songwriting, you have this ability to make someone feel like you are writing just for them….It can reassure the listener they aren’t the only ones going through whatever they’re experiencing. Music is all about community, really. That’s what I love”.