KING @ The Independent

(Alex King)

This Los Angeles-based R&B trio — consisting of sisters Amber and Paris Strother and their friend, Anita Bias — was plucked from obscurity in 2011 after the late, great Prince heard their debut single, “The Story,” through YouTube. A few months later, the dream-pop-infused group opened for the Purple One, and he remained their mentor, advisor, and financial backer until his untimely death earlier this year. Despite his passing, KING has soldiered on, releasing their very Janet Jackson- and Sade-esque debut, We Are KING, this past spring. Chock-full of shimmering, sensuous ditties about love and relationships, We Are KING — which features vocals from Bias and Amber, and production from Paris, who plays a variety of instruments — is a strong first effort from a band who spent more than two years working on it. It’s candid, sincere, and sentimental in the best of ways.

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