LIVE: King, Central Park Summerstage, New York City
by Winston "Stone" Ford
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It was only yesterday when the 3 song EP dropped from the talented LA trio. Since then, King has taken the R&B world by storm, getting kudos from Questlove, opening for Prince, and getting signed to Eyrkah Badu’s boutique label. Not bad for three songs, and yes, I know lots of veteran and struggling R&B divas who are jealous right now.
Despite their rather rapid ascension to superstardom, the three girls of KING-twins Amber andParis Strother and vocalist Anita Bias, seemed rather comfortable on stage in Central Park, as a last minute addition to Giant Step’s annual spectacular. Yes, the ladies have a while to go before they get to Grammy-winning status, but from their stage presence alone you can tells that the girls have gotten pointers from their new famous friends.Not saying that you’re going to witness a Badu-style performance from a KING show. If you have those lofty expectations you will be disappointed. However, they’re a step above your typical Internet sensation bedroom musician, and that says a lot–said musicians don’t last that long in the R&B realm.
The girls blasted through a rather short set in Central Park, combining their well-worn EP songs with several new ones. While not there “yet”, you do get to realize their enormous potential. With Paris behind the boards on production and on stage(how many female producers are there right now?) the trio definitely has enormous potential. But as bloggers and fans I urge you to give them time. They still have a long road to go, but their initial success points that they are well on their way. Check it.