Twins, Paris and Amber Strother and “musical sister” Anita Bias are the Grammy nominated group, KING.
They will be performing this Friday, April 14 at the Attucks Theater in Norfolk as part of the Virginia Arts Festival.
Their name, KING, is a “direct challenge to who’s in charge.” The name Queen was already taken, says Amber Strother.
“We are the rulers of our own musical kingdom,” Strother tells me.
These ladies are fiercely independent. They don’t want to be locked into any musical genre. Their album, “We Are KING,” was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but the ladies “explore many genres, like jazz, R & B and electronica.” They collaborate on the music, the lyrics and the production. They own their label, KING Creative. Beyoncé won the Grammy for “Lemonade” in their category that year. KING was the only independent label nominated.
That late, great artist Prince was their mentor early on. All three ladies listened to Prince growing up. They were honored to open for him at the L.A. Forum. Prince encouraged them to “do it yourselves, and do it your way.”
“Hearing this advice from someone like Prince was incredibly liberating,” Paris says, “and in turn gave us the freedom to release the music of our dreams.”
Prince noticed their music through their first music video, “KING – The Story.”
Paris, with no previous experience in the graphic arts, animated “The Story.” Amber says it was inspired by all three “moving to the West coast and starting a new journey into music together.” The ladies all loved watching, and listening to, Disney movies. They aspire to tell stories with their music.
Paris, Amber and Anita have voices that blend together perfectly. There is an ethereal quality to their music. It is soulful and dreamy. It has the organic feeling of jazz with rhythm and blues flowing underneath. They have stayed true to their unique sound and their independent spirit.
“It’s an interesting time to be in the music business,” Anita says. “There are so many avenues to explore.”
The ladies are looking forward to performing at the Attucks Theater this Friday night.
“We want to have fun and connect with the audience in Norfolk,” says Anita, and I’m sure they will.
For ticket information, go to here.