Christian pop duo For King and Country, stylized "for KING & COUNTRY," first burst onto the scene in 2012 with the release of the debut album Crave. Remaining on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart for 41 weeks, Crave peaked at No. 4 and quickly brought the duo popularity and success in the Christian market. For King and Country's sophomore album, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong., was even more successful, peaking at No. 13 and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Christian Albums charts, respectively. The album has since been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The duo's 2018 release, Burn the Ships, quickly climbed to the top of the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart; it features For King and Country's greatest hit yet, "Joy," earning the duo a 2019 Grammy Awards nomination.
Choosing "Joy" Through Music
Australian-born Joel and Luke Smallbone have been immersed in the world of music for their entire lives. Moving to Nashville in 1991, Joel and Luke visited many rock concerts with their father, who worked as a music promoter. The siblings' older sister, Rebecca St. James, is a Christian music artist as well, launching her career when her brothers were young. Joel and Luke got a taste of playing music on the road as they worked on their sister's road crew. Deciding to form their own band, the brothers operated under the names "Austoville" and "Joel & Luke" until settling on the name "For King and Country," inspired by the British warcry symbolizing the act of laying down one's life for something greater than oneself. The 2018 album Burn the Ships features heartfelt, honest lyrics drawn from the brothers' personal lives, supporting the album's theme of offering hope and encouragement to listeners.
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Which songs might I hear at a For King and Country concert?
While attending a For King and Country concert, you will hear some of the duo's fan-favorite songs, such as "Joy," "The Proof of Your Love," "It's Not Over Yet," "Control," "Burn the Ships," "Busted Heart (Hold Onto Me)," "Priceless," "God Only Knows," "Need You More," "Never Give Up" and "Fine Fine Life."
How many awards has For King and Country won?
For King and Country has won two Grammy Awards: one in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category for Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. and one in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category for "Messengers," a collaboration with Lecrae. The duo has also won four GMA Dove Awards, including Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
What other work has For King and Country done?
The four-year gap between the release of the duo's second and third albums was largely due to Joel and Luke working on Priceless, a film directed by their brother, Ben. The film is inspired by true events and addresses the subject of human trafficking. Joel and Luke wrote several songs for the movie, including the single "Priceless," which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. Joel played the part of the movie's main character, James Stevens.
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