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Kings Of Leon

  • Hit songs include "Sex on Fire," "Use Somebody," and "Notion"
  • Received the Music City Ambassador Award
  • Have won multiple Grammy and Brit Awards

Comprised of three Followill brothers - Caleb (guitar), Nathan (drums), and Jared (bass), as well as first cousin Matthew Followill (guitar) - Kings of Leon formed in 2000. The boys moved to Nashville in the late 90s and embraced their interest in rock music. Matthew was added to the lineup, and a Southern garage rock sound emerged.

Kings of Leon's debut album Youth and Young Manhood was released in 2003 and became an immediate sensation in the UK and Ireland, where The Guardian described the band as "the kind of authentic, hairy rebels The Rolling Stones longed to be." The group achieved opening spots for the release of their sophomore album, Aha Shake Heartbreak, and continued to garner acclaim with Because of the Times, which debuted at No. 25 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

In 2008, the group released Only By The Night, the record that catapulted the band into the mainstream. The multi-platinum-selling album debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, hit No. 1 in five countries, sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide, and earned Kings of Leon four Grammy awards, including wins for their modern rock radio multi-week No. 1s "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody". The album's success also led to the band's gracing the covers of Spin and Rolling Stone, performances on Saturday Night Live, sold-out shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, and headlining slots at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits festivals.

Since the release of Only By The Night, the band has gone on to release 3 more studio albums, the most recent being WALLS, released in 2016.

Kings of Leon got their start in Nashville by playing open mic nights, songwriters' nights and booking gigs at local songwriter hot spots like the Bluebird Cafe. Members collaborated with other Nashville songwriters - most notably Angelo Petraglia - who helped them hone in on their unique rock & roll sound. While Kings of Leon continues to record and tour worldwide, each member calls Nashville home.


Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on September 21, 2012.