ZeXzy returns with his brand-new single ‘Live’ featuring Versvs, which is slated for release on October 13, 2023. The genre-blending offering infuses pop, rap, and R&B flavorings. With the exception of the saxophone, the motivational and uplifting track was produced totally digitally. His life experiences and struggles with mental health are reflected in the lyrics.
Born and bred in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, singer-songwriter ZeXzy presently resides in Lagos and is signed to Maple Grove Entertainment. He writes music out of a desire to uplift, inspire, and communicate his experience in his own unique way. ZeXzy struggled with anxiety and depression after losing his singing voice at the age of 15, but he eventually overcame these issues and began performing music ten years later.
ZeXzy wrote the song ‘Live’ during a very trying time in his life when he had to decide whether to keep pushing forward and remain optimistic or to give up and simply let go of the dream he had been investing all of his time and creativity into. He truly believed it was about time he reached the pinnacle of the music industry. Unfortunately, this wasn’t occurring as quickly as he had anticipated. He started searching inside himself for the source of the problem, making changes in the hopes that things would get better, but he still didn’t feel connected to where he wanted to be. ZeXzy channeled these feelings of frustration into the track.
Speaking about the single, ZeXzy explains, “LIVE” was an unconscious creation made from an overflowing subconscious mind that was so pained at the time. It was the 16th of February, 2023 and my producer was making beats for a song and I just started singing “I choose to live” on the beat. It sounded nice and everybody seemed to feel its depth, so I picked my phone up and recorded the tune. I had the song written and on the 27th of March, 2023 we started production on the track, and in a few days I recorded it.”
A handful of Versvs’ sentences are actually related to his experience, while others may be an interpretation of how he imagines certain events to feel. or recounting first-hand accounts of other people’s personal encounters. He made the choice to work with ZeXzy because of the variety in his music and the fact that he consistently delivers compelling words in all of his tracks. He is inherently inquisitive, so there was respect for how their ideas and messages might mesh on a track.
Speaking about the single, Versvs comments, “My inspiration for my portion of the song comes from the fact I’ve always been very open and vocal about mental health issues and felt like this was the perfect track to take a deeper dive into one’s mind state when struggling with these thoughts. When I heard Zexzy’s hook, before writing my verse, I could feel the resilience in his voice and the powerful message he was conveying, and decided expanding on that was the best thing to do to create a meaningful piece of art.”
Lastly a statement from Maple Grove Entertainment: “We first came across Versvs when we were planning our major concert in Calgary, AB. As we were looking for opening acts we were turned on to Versvs as he seemed to be blowing up in Canada. As we got to know Versvs and his management team, we really enjoyed their vibe and the way they handled themselves. When “Live” was created it was meant to be a solo song for ZeXzy but we were inspired by the idea of maybe bringing someone in to do a verse in the song to change the tone. Instantly we thought of Versvs. From the moment we reached out, we knew it would be a great partnership.”