The three founding members, whose joint surnames make up the band name, formed a band while at school at the Schiller-Gymnasium in Sülz in 2011. Initially, these three, Annen, May and Kantereit, performed as street musicians in Cologne. At a jam session, they were joined by double bass player Lars Lötgering.
In 2013, they released their first, self-recorded album, which had a release party in Gebäude 9 in Cologne. The album, which was partly recorded on the street, is no longer available. They have their own YouTube channel on which they have published their songs. Malte Huck has been the bassist of the band since August 2014 but has since left the group in 2020.
After the release of the music video of their song Wohin du gehst, the band toured Germany. In summer 2014, they played at several big festivals, such as the Appletree Garden Festival, the Open Flair, and the Reeperbahn Festival. In autumn, they played at several concerts as the supporting act for the Beatsteaks and accompanied Clueso on the Stadtrandlichter Tour as a support act. They were finalists in the New Music Award of the ARD-Jugendprogramme.
While not touring in 2018 the band started a new tour at the end of January 2019 in Mannheim (Club Tour). In March 2019 they started a big hall tour.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band was forced to cancel all planned concerts starting from March 2020. In September 2020, AnnenMayKantereit participated at the mass demonstration Fridays for Future in Berlin where they announced that Malte Huck was leaving the band. In November 2020, the band surprise released their third album 12 without prior announcement.
On the Official Singles Chart Top 100 of 25 March 2022 to 31 March 2022, the band achieved their first UK hit when their version of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner“, with Giant Rooks, charted at number 63. On the same date, the song was a new entry on the Official Irish Singles Chart Top 50 at number 33. Wiki