King (R&B group)

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King
OriginLos Angeles, California, US
GenresR&B, dream pop, electronic
Years active2011–present[1]
LabelsKing Creative
Websiteweareking.com
MembersAmber Strother
Anita Bias
Paris Strother

King (stylized as KING) is an American R&B vocal girl group based in Los Angeles, California, featuring identical twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother and their close friend Anita Bias. The Strother sisters are the nieces of the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based electric bluesman, Percy Strother, who died in 2005[2] and are originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota; Bias was born and raised in Los Angeles.[3][2]

Career[edit]

The self-contained trio first appeared in 2011, when, on March 1, they independently released their The Story, a three-song EP that captured the attention and garnered support from a number of artists including Phonte of The Foreign Exchange, Questlove, Erykah Badu, and eventually Prince, who invited the two to open for him at his 21-Night Stand Tour at the Los Angeles Forum.[4][3][1][5] Prince subsequently became the girls' mentor and advisor, providing them with managerial support until 2013.[4]

King founded their company King Creative in 2013, releasing their teaser single "In the Meantime" the same year,[1][5] premiered by Billboard,[6] and followed up with their second single, "Mister Chameleon" in 2014.[7] On February 5, 2016, the trio released their debut studio album, We Are King, to critical acclaim.[8] The album was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 59th Grammy Awards,[9] making King the first independent band to be nominated in that category.[10] We Are King was also included on numerous year-end lists by Rolling Stone, Time, Billboard, NPR, Spin, Newsday and Pitchfork among others.[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
US Billboard 200 Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
2016 We Are King 47 8

EPs[edit]

  • The Story (2011)

Singles[edit]

  • "In the Meantime" (2013)
  • "Mister Chameleon" (2014)
  • "The Greatest" (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Andy Kellman. "King | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  2. ^ a b Riemenschneider, Chris (2016-02-01). "Minneapolis' Strother sisters are earning a royal buzz with the trio King". StarTribune.com. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  3. ^ a b Haithcoat, Rebecca (2011-07-21). "KING: Heartwarming Soul From Bizarrely Nonsuperficial L.A. Trio". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  4. ^ a b "With Prince In Your Corner, It's Good To Be KING". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  5. ^ a b "We Are King - King - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  6. ^ "KING Talks New Album, 'In the Meantime' Single & Prince's Best Advice". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  7. ^ Okayplayer. "Video Premiere : KING - "Mister Chameleon" Okayplayer". Okayplayer.com. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  8. ^ "Review: KING, 'We Are KING'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  9. ^ "59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  10. ^ Stasio, Charlie Shelton, Frank. "KING On Making Independent Music And Working With Prince". Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  11. ^ "KING's 2016: Grammy Nomination for Debut Album and More!". us8.campaign-archive.com. Retrieved 2017-12-16.