A little over a year ago in February 2017, Rolling Stone named Judah & the Lion as one of the ten new artists you need to know. Since that time, the three-man band from Nashville has accomplished quite a bit.

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Judah & the Lion is made up of musicians Judah Akers, Brian Macdonald, and Nate Zuercher. The three are currently on tour, living life on the road with their Going to Mars Tour. The tour has the band going all over North America with opening acts Colony House and Tall Heights.

Judah & the Lion recently won an iHeart Radio Music Award for Best New Rock/Alternative Artist of the Year.

They were up against Greta Van Fleet, K.Flay, Rag’n’Bone Man and The Revivalists.

The band was preparing for a show when they received the good news. Brian Macdonald said they were so honored by the win because they know they couldn’t have done it without their fans. To show their appreciation, Judah & the Lion had a toast with the fans during that night's show.

Last March, Judah & the Lion released “Folk Hop N’ Roll Deluxe,” which takes the band's sophomore album ("Folk Hop N’ Roll") and adds the “Going to Mars” collection. That collection consists of four new singles "Suit And Jacket," "Going to Mars," "Green Eyes," and “Conversations," plus a special orchestral version of "Take It All Back.”

When it comes to the songwriting process, Macdonald said that lately, Judah has been getting lyrics down and then turning them into melodies, but there isn’t one specific way that the band writes songs.

“We try to let the music speak and not put ourselves in any kind of box,” said Macdonald.

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On March 21, Judah & the Lion brought their Going to Mars tour to House of Blues in Cleveland. The sold-out show was full of energy and excitement, and the crowd couldn't get enough.

The stage presence of Judah & the Lion is unprecedented, and all the members of the band sang, played and danced their hearts out the entire show.

The setlist included fan favorites “Suit and Jacket,” “ Take it all Back,” “Rich Kids,” and “Going to Mars.” They also rocked a cover of The Killers tune “Mr. Brightside,” with help from their opening act Colony House.

When one of their concerts comes to an end, it's impossible not to walk out the doors feeling exultant. Brian Macdonald said above all, Judah & the Lion want people to know that they can do anything they want with their lives.

"Every human faces pain, insecurities, addictions, etcetera; but there is nothing holding them back from living their best life and making the world a better place. We want to bring hope to people through our shows," Macdonald said.

If you have not had a chance to see them yet, there’s still time. Judah & the Lion will be on the road through the end of April, with stops in Chicago, St. Louis, Knoxville, Atlanta and more. Tickets and VIP packages are available at judahandthelion.com.