King Princess unveils a new song, “For My Friends,” today alongside a video directed by Nick Harwood — listen here and watch here. The track is taken from her forthcoming, highly anticipated sophomore album, Hold On Baby, out later this year.
“I thought it would be extra fab to begin releasing this new record with a song about my two best friends from high school,” King Princess says. “These girls have been through the pits with me, and the more time I spend with them as an adult, the more I’m reminded that they are my home. So thank you my angel horse queens for sticking with me. I love you all and I can’t wait to give you this song.”
Additionally, King Princess confirms The Hold On Baby Tour, a North American run of headline dates later this year with stops at historic venues including Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and New York’s Radio City Music Hall—see full routing below and [tk ticket info].
The new song follows “Little Bother” with Fousheé—which Rolling Stone praised as a “glitzy slow-burner”— and a run of tour dates in support of Kacey Musgraves.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, King Princess is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose debut single, an ode to untold queer histories titled “1950,” became an overnight smash hit with over 560 million streams to date and eventually achieving Platinum status in the United States and Australia. Her debut album Cheap Queen was released in 2019 via Mark Ronson’s Zelig Records/Columbia Records to widespread critical acclaim from The New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and others, and she has performed on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Her sold-out tours have taken her across the world with festival sets at Coachella, Glastonbury, Governors Ball and Bonnaroo and landed her on the cover of V Magazine, GQ Style UK, Highsnobiety and more.
Artist, producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and rapper St. Panther refracts raw feeling over a hypnotic hybrid of soul swagger, jazz eloquence, and hip-hop heat. Acclaimed by Lyrical Lemonade and christened an “artist you’re definitely going to want to keep your eye on” by Nylon, the Irvine, CA native turns up the volume on this enigmatic personality via her 2020 debut EP for Nice Life Recording Company/How So Records and more to come.
Following high school, she made a name for herself as a sought-after local producer, jumping from recording friends at 50 bucks a pop to helming Makeout Reef’s full-length LP, Existential. Gigging constantly, she fronted Quiet Girl and also began concurrently performing under the moniker of St. Panther. The moniker came from a childhood nickname. “My dad used to call me ‘Little Panther’ in middle school,” she recalls. “I was bullied a lot, so he was like, ‘Instead of being a little cat, you have to be strong like a little panther.’ The name stayed with me. It ties everything together.”
2015 saw her formally introduce St. Panther on the independent P(1) EP as she played quite literally everywhere—from bars to art galleries—in support of it. One performance at a skate shop led to her signing to Alternate Side for management as she went on the road with nothing, nowhere, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, and smrtdeath in 2019. Meanwhile, the single “Playa” gained impressive traction. Following its premiere on Nylon, Pharrell and Scott Vener spun “Playa” on Pharrell’s Apple Music Beats 1 Radio Show OTHERtone. Additionally, she worked with Adidas Sound Labs and hosted a private listening session of her music with Pusha T at ComplexCon on the eve of tour. In partnership together, Nice Life/How So signed her. She immediately set about crafting her debut EP with co-producer and How So founder Nate Mercereau [Lizzo, Rhye, Leon Bridges, JAY-Z]. The next chapter kicks off with her single “Infrastructure.”