Brother Joel and Luke from for KING & COUNTRY have been making music for as long as they can remember. “Music has been our life's natural backdrop and soundtrack,” Joel says. “Our Father was a music promoter turned entertainment manager which gave us a first-hand introduction to a very eclectic mix of music and live shows.” The bands songs, known for their raw power, energy, and spiritual core, include "The Proof of Your Love," "Fix My Eyes," and "Shoulders."
Born and raised in Australia, the brothers moved to America in the early nineties after their father got a job in Nashville, Tennessee. While singing and performing at many live shows, the band caught the attention of record producers and not long after named themselves for KING & COUNTRY. “While working on our debut record, I came up with the idea of calling us 'All the Kings Men,' but it just didn't fit exactly with what we were looking for,” says Luke. “We were in the studio with our producer and he said, 'what about for king and country?' The history of that phrase is that back in the olden days, the British would go into battle shouting and chanting, 'For King and Country,' sort of as an anthem of fighting for something that they believed wholeheartedly in. We all looked at each other in the studio and we just knew that was it.”
After releasing their debut album Crave in 2012, featuring the song "Busted heart (Hold On to Me)," the brothers continued to make waves with their songs, “Love's to Blame” and “People Change” which was featured on The CW series show, The Vampire Diaries, while “Light It Up” and “Sane” were featured on Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva.
The song “Light It Up” was inspired by their good friend's struggle with depression. "For a time, our friend lived in a house where he would stuff blankets in the windows, switch off the lights and live for days at a time alone and in literal darkness,” says Luke. “We wrote this song for him, but for the longest time couldn't work up the courage to tell him. Partly because it was his favorite tune and also because we were afraid of how he would handle it."
As the band continues to grow, their underlying message consistently stays the same. “We want to deliver a message that is about believing in something much bigger than oneself,” explains Luke. “You can confidently go through the ups and downs in your life because you know that life isn't all about you and what you do but rather the hope and salvation of Christ.”
For KING & COUNTRY's newest album is Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong., released in September of 2014, featuring the songs "Fix My Eyes," "Shoulders," and "It's Not Over Yet."
"The new album is a statement of reclaiming our birthright as humans to live a life that is for others--a life that is others-focused, God-focused, and in that find we find what it truly means to run wild, live free and love strong," says Joel.
Luke adds: "Sometimes we forget the pleasure that life is. We only have one shot at this, so let's give it our best shot. When you get sick, you are keenly reminded. No one ever prepares you for death; you only ever do it once, and you never really know how close or far you are from it. So the album is our best shot at maybe potentially inspiring people to say, 'Look at what we've got here.'"