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SoulBounce Live: KING Live At (Le) Poisson Rouge, 2.5.16

Photo Credit: Anthony Lewis

Photo Credit: Anthony Lewis

I've been in love with KING ever since their dulcet tones first graced our ears, so of course I wasn't going to pass up the chance to celebrate the arrival of their debut album, We Are KING. On the day of the album's release, the trio visited New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge — which has become their home away from home in NYC — to fellowship with their fans and perform some of their latest material.

After a jazzy opening set from Marc Cary and Igmar Thomas, the ladies took the stage as the sold-out audience crowded around to bask in their light. They appropriately kicked off their set with a revamped and refreshed take on "Supernatural" the segued nicely into "The Right One." While this wasn't the first time I've seen KING perform, it was my first time seeing them perform some of these new songs. And, quite frankly, it was amazing to see the group — consisting of singers Anita Bias and Amber Strother and the group's producer (and Amber's sister) Paris Strother — was able to recreate many of the records distinctively layered harmonies there on the stage.

They continued the feat throughout most of the set, which featured old favorites like "The Story," "In the Meantime" and "Mister Chameleon." And when they performed newer tracks like "Love Song," "Red Eye" and "The Greatest," the crowd was right with them vibing to their sounds. However, the show's best moment came when they delivered a quiet and masterful take on "Hey," a song that has perhaps become their signature. As Anita led, Amber supported with angelic ad-libs as the subdued love song grew and swelled. And, of course, the crowd sang along, enraptured by the earnest love song. They followed that beautiful moment with final song "Oh, Please!," much to the crowd's delight. And though that song is about running after someone's love, the ladies of KING didn't have to look far, as the crowd's love for the group radiated and reverberated throughout the room.

Check out our gallery of the show to see some of the night's best moments.


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