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ANGEL X STAR are a brother and sister duo from Hertfordshire, UK. Creating infectious Afro-pop, and R&B anthems, their music brings to mind the likes of Brandy, Aaliyah, Tems and Rema. Having grown up in a musical family, Angel and Star started singing together at church and other local events as a trio with their other sister.

Sadly, their younger sister passed away, and refusing to let go of what held them together, they decided to continue with their music and honour her legacy. Experiencing loss and navigating grief, the duo expressed their pain through music, confiding, “We felt that we couldn’t relate to other artists and decided to make music for us and for our own healing, but then realised that this could also be helpful to those experiencing something similar too.”

Their latest release “Jolene” is a fun take on Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit song. Beginning as an experiment, the duo wanted to create a modern version of the Afro-R&B genre. The two share, “This is a heartbreak song inspired by Dolly Parton. We took the vision and the hurt from that song and related it to our own heartbreak. Angel is singing about a girl he ‘’fumbled with’’ yet to find out that that was his love, his first love and Star comes from a different perspective asking questions like, “you could have told me that love will hurt like this”.”

“Jolene” combines two different backgrounds of pain, but all rooted in love. With a throbbing, bouncy beat, soulful, layered harmonies and playful synths, the duo put their own stamp and twist on the 70’s anthem.

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ANGEL X STAR has performed to sold-out audiences and received airplay on radio stations including BBC 1Xtra from the likes of DJ Target. 2023 is set to be a big year for the duo, as they enter into a new chapter with their fresh sound.


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