A group photo of the band and several CABVI employees.
A group picture including all the members of X Ambassadors, and several CABVI employees.

Several visually impaired employees capped the year off with a boom when they met X Ambassadors at the band’s show at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in December. The platinum-selling group hails from Ithaca, NY and are known for the hit singles “Renegades”, “Unsteady”, and “Jungle”. Casey Harris, the band’s keyboardist, has been visually impaired since birth due to Senior-Loken syndrome.

The group made strides in raising awareness and making their music accessible. Their latest album, Orion, adopted a high contrast yellow on black color theme in all of their promotional materials, allowing Casey to interact with the band’s artwork for the first time.

X Ambassadors (Left to Right): Adam Levin (Drums) , Casey Harris (Keyboards) , and Sam Harris (Lead Vocals).

 In collaboration with Microsoft, the group also produced the first ever audio-only music video app for their track, “Boom”. The app uses sounds from both Ithaca and Brooklyn to tell stories of a day in each city, and users can adjust the sounds based on their preferences.

“We wanted to make sure that everything we do is inclusive of everyone in the band,” said Casey’s brother and X Ambassadors frontman Sam Harris when talking to Syracuse.com.

CABVI’s Media Relations and Outreach Specialist, Tara Capponi, reached out to the band’s management team to arrange the meet and greet after hearing about the show.

“Casey was so excited when we said we were from CABVI. He said ‘Oh my god, you guys are here!’” said Capponi. “To me, that’s what it all about and it was a really special night.”

“Whenever someone asks us what advice we’d give to other up and coming artists, the number one thing that comes to mind is persistence,” said Casey. ”I would say this advice goes for living as a visually impaired person as well. There will always be a newer, brighter day.”

We would like to thank This Fiction Management and X Ambassadors for such great experience!

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