We Are King

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We Are King
Also known asKing
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, US
GenresR&B, dream pop, electronica
Years active2011–present[1]
LabelsKing Creative
MembersAmber Strother
Paris Strother
Past membersAnita Bias

We Are King (also stylized as We Are KING), is an American R&B duo based in Los Angeles, California, consisting of twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother. Originally named King, the group also included their close friend Anita Bias. The Strother sisters are the nieces of the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based electric bluesman, Percy Strother,[2] and are originally from Minneapolis.[3][2]


The 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 mid-year and year-end lists by Rolling Stone, Time, Billboard, NPR, Spin, Newsday and Pitchfork among others.[11]


Studio albums
Title Details Chart positions
US Billboard 200
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Billboard Top Heatseekers
We Are King 158 20 1
  • The Story (2011)
  • "In the Meantime" (2013)
  • "Mister Chameleon" (2014)
  • "The Greatest" (2015)




Songwriting, Musician, Vocal and Production Credits

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award ceremony Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Grammy Awards Best Urban Contemporary Album We Are King Nominated [9]
2023 Album of the Year[a] Music of the Spheres Pending [15]


  1. ^ as featured artist on "Human Heart"


  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 (18 June 2014). "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. ^ a b "59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees". The GRAMMYs. Archived from the original on 2016-12-10. 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.
  12. ^ "King Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.
  13. ^ "King Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard.
  14. ^ "King Chart History: Top Heatseekers". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Grammy Awards 2023: The Full List of Nominees". The New York Times. 2022-11-15. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-11-15.

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