Singer, songwriter and producer, Preston Sihlangu, whose stage name is Presss, is releasing his latest two-part album, titled XO, meaning Hugs and Kisses. The album has 21 soulful songs and a body of music Presss has composed over the past two decades.
According to Sihlangu, XO is his fifth studio release, and he is excited to share his artistry once again. “I live and breathe music. Sure, this is my career, but it is also my calling. This craft allows me to draw on my life, my influences, my ups and downs and do what I love doing best, which is making music.”
He added that it’s both an honour and a privilege to be able to share this work with fans and new listeners, and he would like to thank everyone who has been involved to see this project through.
Sihlangu has been in the professional arena since 2002 when he rocketed to fame after winning Coca-Cola Popstars and forming the group 101 alongside Pam Andrews, Erin Samson, Ntumiseng Mokhasipe and Kurt Herman. The group enjoyed immediate success, but it was with the launch of his solo career that Presss’s artistic talents truly came to the fore.
Prior to XO, Presss had released four studio albums to many R&B fans across the country, one being from 101, which was released in 2004, and Young, Gifted and Black, which graced the ears of his fans in 2007.
According to Sihlangu, these albums produced a string of hits, including “Cry No More”, “iLobolo”, “Naledi, Ndi ngo wakho”, “Thojana ya thesele”, “Nkeke kao siya” and “Nomathemba”. In 2014 Presss’ album, Black, was nominated for the Metro Fm Best R&B Album.
“I was due to perform at the Label Monte concert featuring American R&B singer and songwriter, Musiq Soulchild, in Bloemfontein in April 2020, however, the concert was called off as the Covid-19 pandemic was sweeping around the world,” he said.
XO will be available from 19 March 2021 at all online music stores. Those who would like to book Presss, please contact: 072 317 4340 or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org