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|Judah & the Lion|
Judah & the Lion performing in 2017
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
Judah & the Lion is an American band from Nashville, Tennessee, that started in 2011. Their latest release is Folk Hop n' Roll Deluxe (2017). The band is made up of Judah Akers (vocals, guitar), Brian Macdonald (mandolin, vocals), and Nate Zuercher (banjo, vocals).
Judah & the Lion released their second EP, Sweet Tennessee, on April 16, 2013, and it charted on the Billboard charts on May 4, 2013. The placements were at No. 2 on the Bluegrass Albums, No. 9 on the Heatseekers Albums, and at No. 15 on the Folk Albums.
Judah & the Lion released their debut full-length studio album, Kids These Days, on September 9, 2014; it entered Billboard's Heatseekers chart at No. 2 and the Folk Albums chart at No. 4 its first week out. In addition, their single "Kickin' da Leaves" accumulated more than one hundred thousand streams in two weeks after release and made Spotify's VIRAL 50 Chart alongside Meghan Trainor, Fall Out Boy, Betty Who, and Karen O among others..
During their touring schedule in support of Kids These Days, Judah & the Lion opened for Mat Kearney and Ben Rector
Judah & the Lion released their second studio album, Folk Hop n' Roll, on March 4, 2016 putting them at #3 on the Alternative New Artist Chart. The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 7 on the Billboard Americana/Folk Albums chart, and No. 17 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.
In December 2016/January 2017, Judah & the Lion's single, "Take It All Back", reached #19 on the Hot AC Chart and the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart for three consecutive weeks. The single was certified gold in September 2017 (over 500,000 copies sold.) Like Kids These Days, Folk Hop N Roll was produced by award winner Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton).
In January 2017, Billboard magazine named Judah & the Lion their first "Chartbreaker" artist.
On January 12, 2017 the band made a late night appearance on the show Conan, hosted by Conan O'Brien.
Judah & the Lion toured extensively though the US for Folk Hop n' Roll. The band also made festival appearances at Bonnaroo, SunFest and Hangout Fest and opened for Twenty One Pilots on their Emotional Roadshow Tour and select dates with Kaleo.
On March 17, 2017, Folk Hop 'N' Roll Deluxe was released. The deluxe album included four new songs as well as a string quartet arrangement of "Take It All Back"
Their second radio single was "Suit and Jacket" which debuted on Spotify's US Viral 50 charts and peaked at #4 on the Alternative Radio charts.
The band made numerous festival appearances including Music Midtown, Sloss Fest, Firefly, Forecastle, Governors Ball. The also opened for Incubus and Jimmy Eat World on the 8 Tour in the US as well as Kaleo's Express Tour in Europe
TV appearances included The Late Late Show with James Corden on March 14, 2017, Good Morning America on June 5th, Jimmy Kimmel Live on September 18, 2017, and CONAN on February 7, 2018.
Their third radio single was "Going To Mars" - in support of the Going to Mars tour. In total, Judah & the Lion performed 90 headline shows throughout the US and Canada selling over 100k tickets. The single peaked at #16 on the Alternative Radio Charts.
Through the span of Judah & the Lion's musical career take-off, they have received endorsements from Fender, Samsung, Absolut Vodka, and Nature Valley. In 2016, Fender released an exclusive YouTube clip of Judah & the Lion experimenting with Fender Offset guitars on tour.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Kids These Days||--||4||2||--|
|Folk Hop n' Roll||
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Rich Kids"||2014||--||--||Kids These Days|
|"Graffiti Dreams"||2016||--||--||Folk Hop n' Roll|
|"Take It All Back"||1||6|
|"Suit and Jacket"||2017||4||16|
|"Going to Mars"||2018||17||--|
|"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|2018||iHeartRadio Music Awards||Judah & the Lion||Alternative Rock Artist of the Year||Nominated|||
|Best New Artist||Nominated|
|Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist||Won|