Wrapping up a year full of hardships and endeavors, Warner Music Nashville recording artist Randall King has released his major-label debut EP Leanna (LISTEN HERE). Named after his late sister who passed earlier this year, the EP reflects on King’s personal struggles of early life between depression and OCD, as well as the obstacles he faced after the unexpected loss of his sister.
“I’m beyond grateful to release my new EP named after my sister, Leanna, and to have a team and a label that allows me to be myself and support me as I honor her with these four new songs,” said King. “These songs showcase a deeper side of my life, myself, and my relationship with my sister. From overcoming the struggles of depression, anxiety, and OCD in high school, to friends/family I’ve seen struggle with separation of their children, to watching love ones grow old and the reality of the weight of time, to singing my sister home to Jesus.”
Leanna 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” “She Gone” and most recently “Run Run Rudolph,” which have all contributed to his 40 million career streams. To coincide with the EP, King has released the stunning music video for the track “Around Forever” (WATCH HERE). Written about “loved ones and making sure you take the time to see them before they’re gone,” King stated: “I didn’t realize at the time that meant my sister. It was a heavy reality when I went back and played this song for the first time shortly after her passing. She was everything to me, and I know I’ll never be the same without her. So heed the song’s warning, and make sure you take that time.”
Leanna EP Track Listing:
1. Takin’ It As It Comes
2. Hey Moon
3. Around Forever
4. I’ll Fly Away
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, 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.