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For KING & COUNTRY: Burn the Ships

BURN THE SHIPS
The band, for KING & COUNTRY’s third album, Burn the Ships, is set to release on October 5th, 2018. Their debut single, “Joy,” has garnered a place on Billboard’s “All Genre Digital Song Sales Chart,” and also ranking #1 on Billboard’s “Christian Airplay Chart,” being streamed more than 12 million times. The album cover was shot in Iceland along with the music video “Pioneers” which includes Joel and Luke Smallbone’s wives, Moriah and Courtney. Joel explains, “This record is about how we learn from our past and how we use that knowledge to inform our future. Like a lot of us, our own journey hasn’t always been easy, but we’ve found that you can rise up from the dust, walk away, and dance among the heartache. We hope the music on this album conveys that sentiment and connects with everyone in a positive way.” You will find themes of love, forgiveness, new beginnings, and hope woven throughout. “It isn’t perfect – far from it – but there is a sense of truthfulness and a heart and a personality and an ideology behind this record,” Joel says. “It feels like the most mature version of for KING & COUNTRY.” Burn the Ships also includes a follow-up song to King and Country’s hit “Priceless” about sex-trafficking.  The new song is called “Fight on Fighter.”
    
A FAMILY AFFAIR
The Smallbone brothers grew up in a Christian home in Australia where music always had a strong presence.  Their dad was a successful concert promoter who moved the family to Nashville in the nineties.  Their sister, Rebecca St. James, released her first album at the age of 16 and was on the fast track as a young contemporary Christian artist.  Her brothers Joel (now 34) and Luke (now 31) were her stage managers. They handled everything for more than ten years. When Joel and Luke talked about starting their own band, they already had hands-on training.  Running Rebecca's music ministry allowed them to have a real vantage point into the power of music. "We understand how music impacts peoples' lives.  We want people to leave with value and hope," says Joel.    

Luke and Joel wrote 150 songs for their first record.  Their hit single, “Proof of Your Love,” was a song written based on 1 Corinthians 13.  Joel wanted to write a song that would gently nudge and encourage people yet challenge them at the same time.  The song hit the Top Ten and their video topped the iTunes Christian Video Charts.  Shortly after their record released in February 2012, Luke was diagnosed with a serious digestive disorder called ulcerative colitis. At 6’4” Luke lost so much weight and was down to 125 pounds. “Even our mother was alarmed at his weight loss,” says Joel. The rigorous demands of the tour proved to be too much. He was bedridden, and Joel was forced to perform 40-50 shows without his partner.  Eventually, Luke worked through the mental, physical and emotional toll his body was going through and by the grace of God, he is in remission. Today, Luke is enjoying life as a husband and father of three children. Joel is also happily married, and he and Moriah recently celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary.

 

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