Profile: KING—From Paris With Love

It’s great to be KING. The R&B trio comprised of twins Paris and Amber Strother and their sister-from-another-mother, Anita Bias, were already enjoying their tour across the country. “It’s been amazing,” Paris told SoulTrain.com. “It’s been good crowds, and they give such good energy.”

The trek got better following the release of KING’s highly-anticipated full-length album, We Are KING. Paris said it has been fun “seeing the people sing along. Everyone knows the words because the album is out now. It’s exciting. It’s a really good time.”

KING4KING’s fans have really taken to their song “Hey,” which gets special treatment during their shows. “We break it down and do that with just keys and vocals,” Paris says. “I think people really appreciate having the stripped version in a live show.”

Although the three women share songwriting duties, Anita and Amber primarily handle the vocals. Paris serves as the group’s producer, and is chiefly attentive to how they sound live. “I’m always listening, especially to the arrangements since I made them,” she says. “As far as sound goes, we make sure we spend our sound check getting it right. We want to be relaxed so we can have a good time during the set.”

Natives of Los Angeles, the hot indie group caught fire following the release of The Story, their 2011 EP. Rave reviews poured in from Rolling Stone, Glamour, Ebony, The New York Times, Spin, and GQ, among numerous others. With their reputation glowing, KING would loan their voices to the Fela Kuti tribute compilation Red Hot + Kuti, as well as collaborations with The Foreign Exchange, Eric Roberson, and Grammy winner Robert Glasper.

Wide-spread critical acclaim continued for We Are KING, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart. Possessing an audience diverse in ethnicity and age, KING’s older fans have noted via article comments and social media how the trio reminds them of acts they watched on Soul Train. “And, oh my gosh, that’s incredible,” Paris mused, noting she, Amber, and Anita watched the show as children. “We loved the dancers, seeing all the new styles. But I loved the Scramble Board! And of course the performances. People were showing up and showing out. You could tell it was a wonderful thing to be a part of. And we really appreciate you guys showing us so much love! The name ‘Soul Train’ just means a lot.

“When we started making music,” Paris continued, “we were really making stuff for our family and friends. It wasn’t meant to be compared to anything. It’s really cool to be able to make music our parents and our nieces and nephews can enjoy.”

For more on KING visit their official website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @weareKING.

—Mr. Joe Walker

Mr. Joe Walker is an urban and pop culture enthusiast. Known as “The Word Heavyweight Champion”, the biographer, author, entertainment and celebrity journalist, and columnist is currently a senior writer for SoulTrain.com, staff writer for Muskegon Tribune Newspaper, and writer of classic hip-hop reviews for Concrete Magazine’s Concrete615.com. Also co-creator of TheGrooveSpot.com, Walker’s acclaimed, award-winning work has been published thousands of times regionally, nationally, internationally, and online. He is also working on a book project with Liquid Arts & Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @mrjoewalker, connect with him on Facebook, and also visit his blog MrJoeWalker.blogspot.com.

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