New EP Leanna, Named After King’s Late Sister, Out December 11
Six months after the tragic and unexpected passing of his sister, Warner Music Nashville recording artist Randall King is providing a look into coping with his new song “Takin’ It As It Comes,” available everywhere now (LISTEN HERE). The lead track from his forthcoming EP,Leanna, King describes the lyrics’ message as “overcoming the struggles of my early life between depression and OCD in high school, the early hard struggles of starting my career and the obstacles I faced financially, mentally, and emotionally, to losing my sister this April.”
“My sister was there for me through all of those hard times, she was my rock when I didn’t even know it,” continued King. “I could always count on her anytime for a phone call or advice to get me through. She had her struggles herself with anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, but she always got on her feet and took it in stride. That’s what this song represents, taking life any way it’s thrown at you.”
Named in honor of his late sister, Leanna will be available everywhere on December 11. This marks his first collection release since signing with Warner Music Nashville in 2018, following tracks “Burn It At Both Ends,” “Hey Cowgirl,” “White Christmas Makes Me Blue” and “She Gone,” which have all contributed to his nearly 40 million career streams.
One of country’s new crop of modern traditionalists, King has never lived outside the endless plains of West Texas – and his sound is steeped in their timeless beauty, both gritty and graceful at the same time. He grew up singing in the back of a ‘93 Chevy Suburban, joyfully mimicking the pure-country vocals of stars like Keith Whitley, George Strait, Alan Jackson and John Anderson and over the years became drawn to the electrifying energy of modern stars like Eric Church, Dierks Bentley and Jason Aldean. After years of hustling and a road-warrior’s diet of 150 shows each year, King produced and released the defiant 2016 EP, Another Bullet, then followed up with a 2018 self-titled album. Now produced by traditional torchbearers Bart Butler and Ryan Gore (Jon Pardi), King is bringing an organic, timeless sound to country’s mainstream, loaded steel guitar, wide-open vocals and punchy, hard-rocking rhythms. He’s looking to the anywhere-and-everywhere future with music that captures the essence of a Western poet who’s never been afraid to be himself.