Monday, April 6, 2015

Get to know 'For King and Country'

Background on For King and Country
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Perhaps looking more like male models than contemporary Christian singers, For King & Country is becoming more well known here in the U.S. Just last March, the band performed on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show on ABC. This is pretty big news as more CCM bands are becoming more accepted into the mainstream music arena without watering down their message.

The duo behind the music is Australian brothers, Joel and Luke Smallbone who moved from Sydney to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991. Their popularity should be no surprise. They are the younger brothers of another well-known artist; Rebecca St. James (who is married to Foster the People bassist, Jacob Fink by the way.) Going by the simpler name of Joel & Luke and singing backup for their sister, the two decided to make a better name for themselves in 2009 by going with the title of For King & Country. The name is inspired by a British battle cry and means to stand up for something greater than yourself.


The brothers released their first single, “Busted Heart (Hold On to Me)” in 2011, which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Christian Songs chart, and was included in their debut album, Crave, in 2012. Billboard also named them one of the “New Artists to Watch For” in 2012. The popular album was followed by Hope is What We Crave. In 2013, the band was nominated for six Dove awards and won for New Artist of the Year. This year, the duo won two Grammy awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.

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