New album “Pep Talks” from alumni band Judah and the Lion is receiving rave reviews. While retaining the folk-hop musical style for which the band is known, the new project delves into difficult subject areas as lead singer Judah Akers explores the impact of family turmoil within the songs. Akers and fellow band members Brian Macdonald and Nate Zuercher (banjo, vocals) met and started the band while students at Belmont.
Bre Offenberger, a reviewer for The Post in Athens, Ohio, wrote, “Every track on the album flawlessly does its job to depict the ups and downs of life. It may be the most important album you ever encounter, so don’t ignore it. Listen to it, embrace it and let it be your form of solace.”
Judah and the Lion won Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist at last year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, and currently has songs from the new album charting on U.S. rock and alternative charts. The band’s members are frequent guests on campus, offering advice on the music business to Belmont students.