Belmont alumni act Judah and the Lion, led by alumnus Judah Akers, recently appeared on Good Morning America and performed “Take it All Back” and “Suit and Jacket” from their recent album “Folk Hop ‘n Roll.” Describing its sound as “a little bit of folk, little bit of hip hop and a little bit of rock and roll,” the band’s recent album has already seen success as it expresses the overlap of the group’s musical interests.
According to their website, “We wanted to make something raw, something with attitude,” Akers said. “We all grew up loving these hip-hop beats, so why not make an album that has the grit of Run DMC or Beastie Boys, along with all the folk instruments that we play?” With an award winning debut album, “Kids These Days,” Judah and the Lion played 150 shows in 2015 stretching audiences from the U.S. to Scandinavia. Focused on creating a record that mimics a live show, Akers and his team worked to create a sound on their newest album that would include all the points of human emotion–struggle, triumph and everything in between. Judah and the Lion will launch their own tour later this year.
Prior to their performance on air, Akers described how he and his fellow band mates met — all moving to Nashville and attending Belmont to study music years ago. Before beginning their first song Akers acknowledged his alma mater saying,”Shout out to my Bruins out there!”