A BRIEF HISTORY
Award-winning singer/songwriter Colin Rivera is exploding onto the scene with his newest brainchild: Empire Kings. The American-born, British-raised musician has spent the last two years in London, fearlessly exploring an unparalleled sound that combines sophisticated indie rock, with raw emotion and soaring melodies. Although Empire Kings’ sound will resonate with fans of Queens of the Stoneage, Kings Of Leon, Catfish & The Bottlemen, and Sigur Rós, Rivera’s music delivers a uniqueness rarely seen in today’s musical world.
Rivera cut his teeth spending years touring under various monikers, supporting artists such as HelloGoodbye, The Rocket Summer, Hoobastank, He Is We, The Ataris and Lindsey Sterling, and playing venues like the iconic San Diego Hard Rock Café, as well as London’s Barfly and Dublin Castle. Soon after moving to London, Empire Kings performed at the UK’s V Festival, alongside the likes of Mark Ronson, Sam Smith, Chvrches and Kasabian. Rivera’s electrifying live show continues to pack venues across the London scene, with the aid of a talented cast of touring musicians, most notably drummer Paul Mortimore, whose credits include work with Carl Barât of The Libertines, and Daryl Bamonte of Depeché Mode/The Cure. Rivera’s anthems "She's Gonna Be My Girl" and “Black Eye” quickly burst on to British radio thanks to DJs Gary Crowley (of BBC Introducing) and Peter Darrington (Radio Andra/The RecklessYes).
Empire Kings are leaping forward with their new and best outing to date: “Blackprint EP,“ featuring addictive tracks “Lost Boys,” “Cathedral,” and “Circles,” all mixed and mastered by Warner/Chappell’s Edward Abela.
Rivera’s energetic live show and powerful songs are quickly turning the relatively new Empire Kings into a force to be reckoned with. As the audience keeps growing, Rivera is looking to partner with the right management and label, in order to continue his journey and become the next household name in worldwide rock and roll.