Mikaela Straus (born December 19, 1998), known by her stage name King Princess, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Brooklyn, New York. King Princess is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. She is signed to Mark Ronson's label Zelig Records, an imprint of Columbia Records.
Life and career
Straus grew up in New York and spent much of her childhood in her father's studio, Mission Sound. There, she learned several instruments, including bass, guitar, piano and drums, as well as music production techniques and insight into the music industry. Straus's inspiration in those years had come from the rock music of the bands Led Zeppelin and T. Rex, as well as Jack White. At the age of 11, Mikaela was offered a recording contract, however declined in order to finish high school. After high school, Straus moved to Los Angeles to study at the USC Thornton School of Music, however after a year she dropped out in favor of her music career.In February 2018, King Princess released their debut single "1950". "1950" is a tribute to the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, to the LGBTQ Community and to queer love. The song reached a wide audience when British singer Harry Styles tweeted a lyric from the song. Straus followed this with her second single "Talia" in April.On June 15, 2018 she released her debut extended play Make My Bed.
Straus is genderqueer.Her great-great-grandparents were businessman Isidor Straus and Ida Straus, who both died in the sinking of the passenger ship RMS Titanic.
She has a younger half-sister named Mia. She has her sister's name tattooed on her inner left arm.