Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill (b. January 14, 1982, lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Nathan Followill (b. June 26, 1979, drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Jared Followill (b. November 20, 1986, bass guitar, backing vocals), with their cousin Matthew Followill (b. September 10, 1984, lead guitar, backing vocals).
The band’s early music was blend of Southern rock and blues influences, but it has gradually expanded throughout the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound. Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with nine Top 40 singles, two BRIT Awards in 2008, and all three of the band’s albums at the time peaked in the top five of the UK Albums Chart. Their third album, Because of the Times, also reached the number one spot. After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008 the band achieved chart success in the United States. The singles “Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody”, and “Notion” all peaked at number one on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album was their first Platinum-selling album in the United States, and was also the best-selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified platinum nine times. The band’s fifth album, Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010. Their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, was released on September 24, 2013.
The three Followill brothers (Matthew is their cousin) grew up in Oklahoma and Tennessee…
in 1997, Nathan and Caleb relocated to Nashville and embraced rock music and the lifestyle they had previously been denied, attempting to break into the music industry in the process…Their youngest brother, Jared, and their cousin Matthew also moved to Nashville in 1999 Kings of Leon was formed. They named the band after their grandfather Leon.
Alternative rock Southern rock garage rock
Caleb Followill – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2000–present)
Matthew Followill – lead guitar, keyboard, piano, backing vocals (2000–present)
Jared Followill – bass, keyboard, synthesizer, backing vocals (2000–present)
Nathan Followill – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2000–present)
Christopher Coleman – rhythm guitar, keyboard, piano, percussion, backing vocals (2010–present)
Youth & Young Manhood (2003)
Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004)
Because of the Times (2007)
Only by the Night (2008)
Come Around Sundown (2010)
Mechanical Bull (2013)