"If you want it done right, do it yourself." A motto that independent and unsigned rock/hip hop band Almost Kings from Atlanta, Georgia is a living example of. In 2012 they found themselves playing at the 54th annual Grammys in Los Angeles, making them the first unsigned act to ever do so. Almost Kings was named the winner of the CBS contest “Gig of a Lifetime", a contest based on fan voting that had AK up against nearly 1,000 other acts from around the U.S. The group consists of Bryan “Boze” Bozeman (vocalist), Ryan Yunker (guitar, keys, vocals), Danny Helms (bass & vocals), and Kevin Compton (drums). “We are so honored by all of the support we have received from our fans from around the country. We could not have won this contest without the AK family,” said Bozeman.
Almost Kings was named “Best Local Rock Act” of 2011 by Creative Loafing. Since the group formed in 2008, they have performed more than 1,000 shows across the country, developing a loyal and enthusiastic fan base and earning them the reputation as today’s “road warriors.” From Miami, FL to Burlington, VT to Seattle, WA to San Antonio, TX, Almost Kings has literally crisscrossed the country, earning fans at every stop. As one critic posted “Almost Kings has an unbelievable energy and passion for their music and fans.” Another critic adds, “They love making great music and the whole audience gets caught up in the cyclone of fun they spin.” Their sound is a fresh mix of rock, hip hop and energy that is unique to Almost Kings. Teri Green of GO Play Entertainment says, Almost Kings is "making their own mold by taking all of their varied musical influences and making it uniquely theirs...they own it. It doesn't allow you to stand still, but forcibly draws you and the crowd into cohesive musical mayhem. Truly one of the best live acts touring right now anywhere."
In 2009, Almost Kings released their first album, the independently produced “Filthy Nice” and in 2011 they released “The Club Rock EP.” Their song “Knockout” is featured on ESPN’s lacrosse broadcasts. The group has enjoyed sponsorships from a number of companies including Monster Energy, Converse, C1rca Shoes, Dyce, Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Dean Markley Strings, 968 Clothing, Innes Clothing, Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Live2Die Clothing, and Atnalta Skateboards. The Almost Kings mission is simple - to bring people together for a fun, unforgettable and positive experience which will leave audiences wanting more. An Almost Kings show isn’t just a concert … it’s a party.
Almost Kings released their 3rd album “Hear Me Out” in June, 2013 – which sold over 1,000 units in its first week. The music videos for two singles off that album, “Shadows” & “Hold On Me”, both exceeded 200,000 YouTube views and are still climbing. Radio personality A.D. Rowntree from 94.5 The Buzz in Houston, TX recently posted from his personal Facebook page: "Bands should go see Almost Kings and take notes on how a live show is done. They make 95% of bands I've seen in the last 3 years look lazy." This accurately describes the current attitude of Almost Kings as they continue to tour & write new music: Go hard, no slowing down, and play every show as if it were your last.