For King & Country is a fantastic musical duo, which you can hear in regular rotation on your Christian radio station, Spirit 92.9
You might know the pair of brothers is from Australia, or that they’re now based in Nashville. You might have seen them tour with Christian radio regular Newsboys in St. Cloud in 2013, but you might not know some of the facts we’ve gathered here!
1. All In The Family
For King & Country is a duo made up of Joel and Luke Smallbone, a pair of brothers originally from Syndey, Australia who moved to Nashville when they were young.
Joel and Luke have five other siblings, one of whom is Rebecca St. James, who is a well known Christian pop rock singer who won a Grammy for Best Gospel Rock Album in 2000 for her release, Pray. Their father was a music promoter who would take the kids to concerts.
2. Band Of Many Names
Joel and Luke first began making music for Christian radio in 2007 under the band name Joel & Luke. In 2008, they changed the band name to Austoville. And in 2009, when they signed with Warner Music Group, they changed their name to For King & Country after the famous British battle cry.
3. Grammy Winners
Just like their sister Rebecca, the brothers have their own Grammys for their contributions to Christian radio.
For King & Country won two Grammys in 2015, one for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong, the other for Best Contemporary Music Performance/Song for “Messengers” by Lecrae featuring For King & Country.
4. Climbing To The Top
When the brothers began to get noticed, they rose fast. The released For King & Country: The EP in 2011, and the first Christian radio single off of it, “Busted Heart”, was the fastest rising single of 2011 on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart, climbing the Top 10 for weeks and peaking at No. 3.
Besides Christian radio music, Joel also has talents as an actor. He appeared in a non-singing role as King Xerxes in the 2014 film The Book of Esther from Pure Flix Entertainment, and will be playing the lead in a 2016 film, Priceless, which will be executive produced by Luke.