XOXOK w 1 Way North – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – February 28th, 2020

XOXOK w 1 Way North
crafting the best in atmospheric soul music


1 Way North

All Ages
XOXOK with 1 Way North


Keenan Jenkins’ musical career began during his Ph.D. studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he played open mics and local showcases between long days on the third floor of the psychology building. By the time he’d finished his degree, drained and discontent, his musical moonlighting had meanwhile bloomed in full color. He took the cue and dove headfirst into the rich music scene in Carrboro, NC.

Jenkins now performs as XOXOK, crafting atmospheric soul music that is conceived on the fretboard, cultivated at the microphone, and cradled in headphones. The guitar and vocal influences are far-flung, but cohesive—see Jeff Buckley, Moses Sumney, and Anna Calvi, among others. His live performance is a model of intimacy and presence; armed with “sweet, ringing vocals” (Queen City Nerve), XOXOK delivers impassioned songs with unabashed conviction.

XOXOK’s debut EP Worthy is both a lush soundscape and an exercise in growth. On the opening track, “Nancy, M.D.”, he declares, “I need you / more than your patients will ever need you as their medic”. However, by the final song (the title track, “Worthy”), he has changed his tune: “I don’t need you to love me / I just want to be worthy”.

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“Everybody needs a little light in their lives…” (Fireflies)

A line straight from 1WAYNORTH (a new Charlotte based artist/singer-songwriter) whose music champions transparency in powerful messages, that stand the test of time. 1WAYNORTH debuted at a “Soul Flo” experience (hosted by Jazz n Soul) in 2018. She has preformed for Dear Soul Music Co. Unplugged + Live Series, and was featured with Light + Song for her original piece “Forever In Tune”. She has toured with, and been featured on stage with Arsena Schroeder for 4 years (Anchor Tour, Sleep Talking Album Release). She also released her first single called “Heavyweight” on November 30th 2018.

1WAYNORTH invites you to go on a journey with her lyrical imagery. You are drawn into a full experience with rumbling lows like Lalah Hathaway, powerful invocation like that of Mahalia Jackson, and the experimental flair of Solange Knowles. The Alternative Rock/Soul artist pulls on musical influences such as gospel, classical, funk, tribal, techno, and hip hop which gives her a unique fingerprint. Each experience is different and there is always something fun that takes you by surprise.

And more is definitely coming soon in 2020! 1WAYNORTH is currently in the process of recording a new single “Amazon Anthem” and her debut E.P. ( which is expected to be released by the fall of next year). She is also gearing up for an exciting project with her band called 1WAYNORTH LIVE SESSIONS which will be a full experience (recorded live) that will include other Charlotte based artists as a collective! So make sure you stay tuned for more on upcoming events and continue to support the creatives in your community!


Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205