*Somewhere in Southern California, Anita Bias, twin sisters, Paris and Amber Strother are either in a recording studio, out to brunch or just hanging around their living room thinking about the experience of the first half of September 2013.
That’s because, the ladies of KING recently completed a seven stop, six city tour as the opening act for Laura Mvula. It was the first tour for KING, who’s three-song EP The Story set the internet ablaze after its release in 2011, and if their three stops in New York City and Philadelphia were any indication of the remainder of the tour, these young ladies are headed for a successful career.
They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere; the ovation that greeted and wished KING farewell in Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was not only indicative of their set, but also the breath of fresh air they bring to music. The soothing harmonies, hypnotic melodies and “every girl” personalities have resonated with their fan base and introduced them to a new audience as they set out across the country. The Brooklyn crowd sang word-for-word with Amber as she sang “Supernatural” and were in tune with the longing Anita related during “Hey”.
By the time the ladies reached (Le) Poisson Rouge the very next night, word had spread about the previous night’s performance, which lifted the energy level as a repeat performance was anticipated. While Anita and Amber were once again superb with the vocals, it was Paris’ music that pushed the East Village towards the edge of frenzy as the synth sound of “In the Meantime” or the thump provide by “Mr. Chameleon” from their upcoming debut album.
There was something special about Philadelphia’s show; their performance at World Café Live was a crowning of sorts, the affirmation that the years poured into their music was being appreciated by fans away from their Los Angeles home KING’s debut album, The Story, will be released later this year.base. New York rightfully is considered a “make or break” city, but Philadelphia’s rich musical history also pushes it towards the top of notorious cities for newcomers (and veterans). However, by the time the opening of “Love Song” played, the Philly crowd was in the palm of KING’s hands and once they sang the last note of “The Story”, a beeline was made to the atrium area to purchase CDs and limited edition vinyl copies of the EP.
I imagine the remaining stops in Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and back in LA followed closely to the three shows I was fortunate to witness, because the honestly in their lyrics and delivery resonates with those who know life and love and want to hear it related through song. Not bad for a trio of women brought together by birth, fate and a mutual love for music.