Judah & the Lion
Judah & the Lion performing in 2017
|Origin||Cookeville, Tennessee, U.S.|
Judah & the Lion is an American band from Nashville, Tennessee, that formed in 2011. Their latest release is Folk Hop n' Roll Deluxe (2017). The band consists of Judah Akers (vocals, guitar), Brian Macdonald (mandolin, vocals), and Nate Zuercher (banjo, vocals).
The original members of the band met while attending Belmont University in Nashville. Lead singer, Judah Akers had written songs that he wanted to add more organic and acoustic sounds to and met Brian Macdonald and Nate Zuercher through classes and mutual friends. While at Belmont, the band won Belmont's 2012 Christian Showcase and Best of the Best competitions. Their first EP, First Fruits released by the band was a Christian worship collection, but the band knew that they did not want to exclude a wider audience and decided to stray from being strictly a Christian group.
According to Judah Akers, the band received their name from a passage in the bible about The Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The name fits the band since the lead singer is named Judah and because of their Christian backgrounds.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Kids These Days||
|Folk Hop n' Roll/ Folk Hop n' Roll Deluxe Edition||
|Peak chart positions||US
|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|