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Poppy Xander is a Dallas based pianist, composer, and singer known for high energy performances and a wide range of playing styles including classical, rock, country, and avant grade improvisation. Xander's personal songwriting blends chamber rock, theatre, and torch songs, creating a lyrical adventure with intricate piano and atmospheric work tailored to each story. 


In 2019, Xander became the keyboardist for the Polyphonic Spree and subsequently has recorded two albums with the band, Afflatus (2021) and Salvage Enterprise (2023). In 2021, Xander received Dallas's Arts Activate Grant and was able to produce, compose, and direct a full length theatrical performance of Helium Queens: A Space Opera, a 20 person production that tells the story of the Helium Queens, a power trio from the Moon. Xander has received multiple awards and nominations for their work including Dallas Observer's Best Tribute for Primadonna  (Madonna Tribute), Best Keyboardist, and Best Live Act for Helium Queens.  

"Terrifically Unconventional." - Central Track 

Current Projects Include:

Polyphonic Spree - Keyboardist and Vocalist

Primadonna *Dallas's Best Tribute of 2018 - Synth Bass, Keys, Backing Vox

Poppy Xander and The Chamber Rock Ensemble - Band Leader, Composer, Lead Vocals, Keys

Helium Queens - Keyboardist and Vocalist

Helium Queens: A Space Opera** - Executive Producer, Vocalist, Keyboardist, Synth

Levi Cobb and The Big Smoke - Folk/Americana  Keyboardist and Backing Vocals

Panic  (Smiths and Morrissey Tribute) Keyboardist and Vocalist

King George (George Strait Tribute) - Featured Keyboardist

Strait Tequila Night (Country Covers) - Featured Keyboardist

Past Projects and Associations: Confetti Eddie's Magic Parlor (Pianist and Performer), Starfruit,

Charley Crockett, Leah Lane (Rose Garden Funeral Party) and Dezi 5 

Appears on

Polyphonic Spree: Salvage Enterprise (2023)

 Polyphonic Spree: Afflatus (2021)

Helium Queens: Helium Queens (2020)

Helium Queens: Transcendental Visions (2020)

Starfruit: Wild West Combat (2019)

Poppy Xander and The Chamber Rock Ensemble: Little Ghosts (2015)

Levi Cobb and The Big Smoke:When the Wind Came Down (2015)

Poppy Xander: Snake in the Grass (2014)

Xander is a graduate of the University of North Texas College of Music, and was an elementary music teacher for four years before starting a solo career that eventually lead to playing with many different groups. In 2015, Xander created  The Chamber Rock Ensemble, a theater rock band that performs Xander's songs that have influences of  Queen and David Bowie, as well as the classical giants like Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy, music they have studied through childhood. Xander currently resides in Dallas, Texas and in 2020 became a Nord Endorsed Artist.  

For live performance booking with any of the above mentioned groups or studio recording, please contact through the website or email: 


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