Alternative R&B trio King recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. King discussed their songwriting process, why opening for Prince is their biggest career moment to date and their upcoming debut album, The Story, among other topics. King performed their latest single "In The Meantime" and songs from their three-song EP, The Story, including "Hey" and "Supernatural."
"From the day that we released [The Story EP], our lives just turned into this huge whirlwind and really reached a peak at opening for Prince," said King's Paris Strother.
"To have such an amazing man reach out and take us under his wing at a very beginning stage of our career was really formative," added Amber Strother.
When Los Angeles-based trio King named their debut song "The Story," twin sisters Paris (instruments) and Amber Strother (vocals) and their friend Anita Bias (vocals) had no idea they were creating a musical fairytale. In 2011 the group posted a scrapbook illustration-style video for "The Story" on YouTube and released their three-track debut EP of the same name. Within a month the video attracted fans such as GRAMMY winners Erykah Badu, Questlove of the Roots and Prince, who subsequently offered the group a spot opening for him on the final night of his monthlong run at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., in 2011.
King co-wrote and provided vocals for "Move Love," a track featured on Robert Glasper Experiment's GRAMMY-winning album Black Radio (2012). King wrote and produced their upcoming debut album The Story, which will feature "In The Meantime."
King are scheduled to perform at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 2.