#KingRings in The New Year with GRAMMY Nomination
Submitted – Critically acclaimed dream-pop trio, KING, is ringing in 2017 with a GRAMMY® nomination for their debut album, We Are KING, for “Best Urban Contemporary Album.” KING is the only independent artist nominated in the coveted category, going up against such talent as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Gallant and Anderson .Paak. The trio released We Are KING on their label, KING Creative, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart; and in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Independent Albums and R&B Albums charts. The release also made numerous 2016 Year End and Mid Year lists for Top Albums and Top Songs in Rolling Stone, TIME, NPR, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Noisey, Stereogum, Billboard, SPIN, and Complex, among others. KING, comprised of twins Paris and Amber Strother from Minneapolis and Anita Bias from Los Angeles, is fresh off a world tour that culminated in a special performance with fellow category nominee Anderson .Paak at Hollywood’s Palladium Theatre.
Paris produces KING’s music while Amber and Anita share vocals. The three work together on songwriting to create their lush arrangements, blending pop, R&B, jazz and electronic influences to present a sound The New York Times calls “romantic, introspective, and stirring; gratify[ing] from beginning to end.” The smooth vibe, intricate production and harmonic style of their music, evolved in their home studio, is a product created solely by the three women. With the GRAMMY®-nominated We Are KING, Paris, Amber and Anita continue their independent model of self-writing, producing and releasing their original material.
KING introduced themselves when they released their debut three-song EP, The Story, in 2011. The EP heralded much acclaim when word spread virally by such artists and tastemakers as Questlove, Erykah Badu, Gilles Peterson, Nile Rodgers, Miguel, Janelle Monae, Solange and Jill Scott, among others. Within months, the project had seen coverage by NPR, Billboard, Essence, Glamour, and VIBE, garnering countless new fans including Prince, an enthusiastic early supporter. After initially inviting the trio to open for and perform alongside him during his run at the L.A. Forum, Prince continued to mentor the trio in the ensuing years throughout the recording of their album, imparting the importance of ownership to the trio, and encouraging them with his advice to “do it yourselves, and do it your way.”
In addition to their debut We Are KING release, KING has collaborated on projects with various GRAMMY® winners and nominees including Adam Lambert and Nile Rodgers on Avicii’s “Lay Me Down,” The Foreign Exchange’s “All The Kisses,” Bilal’s “Right At The Core,” and on Robert Glasper’s 2012 GRAMMY® award winning release, Black Radio, which featured their collaboration, “Move Love.” In 2016, KING contributed to five tracks on Corinne Bailey Rae’s critically-acclaimed release, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, including co-producing and performing on her single (and televised Conan performance of) “Green Aphrodisiac,” and the NAACP Image Award® nominated Miles Davis tribute album, Everything’s Beautiful, with their original composition, “Song For Selim.” The ladies of KING also stepped into curatorial roles in 2016 by collaborating with visual artists to produce a series of animated music videos for “The Greatest,” “Carry On,” “Native Land,” and “In The Meantime.”
KING has plans to tour in 2017, dates to be announced.
For more information, please visit: http://www.weareKING.com.