UU announces Charli XCX performance and live Q&A

Charli XCX will be a part of UU's STEMS series

Popstar Charli XCX will perform as a part of University Union's STEMS series.
Published: March 8, 2021
Charli XCX poster for her Syracuse virtual performance
Successful pop artist, Charli XCX, has released four studio albums all met with stellar reviews.

Charli XCX will be performing for Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF students, faculty and staff on Sunday, March 21, at 8 p.m. followed by a live Q&A session as a part of University Union’s STEMS series.

This will be UU’s second STEMS event where artists perform and discuss their creative process and inspiration behind their songs. In music producing, stems refer to recordings that are made from combining multiple tracks. UU’s STEMS series blends both masterclass-style moderated discussions with exclusive performances to give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite artists. The STEMS series serves as a replacement for UU’s annual Bandersnatch concert.

Charli XCX has made a name for herself as a singer, songwriter, video director, documentary maker, radio host and record label boss.

Her successful pop career has garnered adoration since the start. Her debut album 14 set a benchmark for avant-garde pop music in 2008 and since then, she has accrued two Billboard Music Awards, a YouTube Music Award, two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” Awards, plus nominations at the Grammys, BRIT Awards and MTV EMAs.

As a talented songwriter, Charli has written hits like Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” and Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes’ “Senorita.”

When the pandemic hit, Charli dove into her music. She wrote, recorded and released how i’m feeling now all from self-isolation. With the help of Instagram live sessions, Charli collaborated with fellow artists and fans to produce her fourth studio album.

“If the title flags its own diaristic intentions, how i’m feeling now reflects this workaholic party animal’s gratitude for love,” said The Guardian in a review of the album.

Charli has a history of collaboration, including putting an emphasis on teaming up with some of the world’s most exciting LGBTQ artists. She uses her platform to help amplify the voices, and in turn the experiences, of these artists. This commitment to uplifting LGBTQ voices earned her “Gay Times’” Ally Of The Year in 2019.

Charli will be bringing her workaholic party animal energy to her prerecorded performance and live Q&A on Sunday night through UU’s ‘Cuse Activities page. The event will be free of charge and is only accessible to SU and ESF students, faculty and staff.