The Christian pop and alternative rock band, for KING & COUNTRY, will be performing 7 p.m. Friday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC).
The band is on its “Burn the Ships” world tour, named after the title song on its new album of the same name.
Joel and Luke Smallbone, brothers and lead singers, started the band in 2007, creating the platform that would become the band for KING & COUNTRY.
Four of their songs, “Joy,” “Priceless,” “Fix my Eyes” and “Shoulders,” have all hit the No. 1 spot, and nine of their songs have been on the Top 10 Hits list. Some of the songs have also been featured on the Emmys, The Super Bowl and Sunday Night Football, and they have played live on “The Tonight Show,” “Today” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
The band is known for their Christian songs, such as “God Only Knows,” “O God Forgive Us” and “The Proof of Your Love,” but their songs aren’t just for those who are religious. They’re looking for everyone to get something out of their songs, whether it’s religion, love, a nice beat to dance to or just something new to check out.
Luke and Joel started out singing backup vocals with their sister, Rebecca St. James, as well as various other bands. Their band at first was called “Austoville;” however, they later changed it to “Joel & Luke” while thinking up a proper name.
When the first EP, “A Tale of Two Towns,” came out under the Joel & Luke, the reviews were mixed but all around received well.
In 2009, the brothers signed on with Warner Music Group and changed the band name to “For King and Country,” written as “for KING & COUNTRY.”
“We picked it after an English battle cry,” Luke said.
Their earlier album, “Crave,” was released in 2012, followed by “Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong” in 2014. “Burn the Ships” is their newest album, recently released in 2018.
“When I was in youth group, we went to WinterJam, where they performed,” Kaleigh Shission (freshman, early childhood and special education) said. “I fell in love with them. I saw them again at CreationFest for three years in a row, as well as the Bloomsburg Festival.”
Shission said she waswas excited to hear they were coming to Indiana and is disappointed she has to miss it for work.
Tickets for the show are still available at the KCAC box office.