Joel and Luke Smallbone, the two Australian brothers who comprise the band, have released multiple albums—For King and Country: The EP (2011), Crave (2012), and Into the Silent Night (2013). They released Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. on Tuesday.
Their song “Busted Heart (Hold Onto Me)” reached number 3 on Billboard’s song chart. Much of for KING & COUNTRY’s music, including their latest album, can be streamed on their website.
The band raised expectations with the release of Crave and a win for New Artist of the Year at the 2013 GMA Dove Awards, where they received six nominations. Billboard also named them as one of the New Artists to Watch in 2012, and American Songwriter compared them to Coldplay.
The brothers previously sang background vocals for their sister, gospel artist Rebecca St. James.
“The power of music can impact our mood, emotions, our day. But when you merge the strength of music with the heart, hope, and passion of the gospel… it has the ultimate power not only to change someone’s day, but to impact them for eternity,” the group writes on their website. “This is why we write music and sing songs—we hope that people will be moved, encouraged, and stirred to live a life for someone greater than themselves.”
CHIC2015 will be held July 12-17, 2015, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.