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It's Not Over Yet

By Rick Florino, artistdirect.com

   For KING & COUNTRY won the Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album" with Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong. It spawned several hits including "Priceless" and the current "It's Not Over Yet," which reached #4 on Billboard's Contemporary Christian charts. A new single from the album, "O God Forgive Us," has entered the Top 25.
  They were also named "Contemporary Christian Artists of the Year" at the 48th Annual Dove Awards.
  And now, they have struck gold again as the Recording Industry Association of America has certified the group's current album, "Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong," gold, signifying sales of 500,000 albums. In addition, for KING & COUNTRY's smash single, "The Proof Of Your Love," from the band's debut album, "Crave," and "Fix My Eyes," the crossover hit and first single from "Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong," were also certified gold by the RIAA.
  for KING & COUNTRY is the only artist in Christian music to receive both a gold album and two gold single certifications from the RIAA this year, and is the most-awarded act overall in the genre (since their 2014 release), having garnered two Grammy Awards, eight K-LOVE Fan Awards and two GMA Dove Awards. These new RIAA gold certifications mark the first time since the band's inception that it's had an album or a song reach the gold sales mark.
  "To all our supporters who have not only become dear friends, but have inspired and cheered us on along the way, we're thanking God for each of you. And we cannot wait to share some new music with you - it's coming!" Joel and Luke Smallbone said.

 The album exerts a powerful impact. They tell us all about it in-depth, and you'll know why! The brotherly duo of Joel & Luke Smallbone grew up watching their sister, Rebecca St. James, make uplifting, unique, and undeniable music and they've followed suit with a footing in classic rock, pop, alternative, and beyond.

However, it's also got a sweeping cinematic soul that immediately elevates the songs to larger-than-life status. This is as empowering as music gets in this day and age, and that's why it's so essential. That style will extend itself into an upcoming motion picture due out this fall! "Priceless: She's Worth Fighting For" will star Joel, Bianca Santos ("The Duff"), Jim Parrack ("True Blood"), and David Koechner ("Anchorman"). Ben Smallbone is directing. The script was written by Chris Dowling & Tyler Poelle. It's due out later this year.

What was your collective vision for RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG.?

  Joel: I don’t want to speak too much on behalf of Luke and I, but being brothers, there’s an understanding that we both have and even a trust we have about where for KING & COUNTRY is going. I think, on this our sophomore record and even the first, there were three things we wanted to do. One was to write from the heart, write about the human experience, and write honestly.
  Secondly, it was taking a lot of the live musical experience. There are seven of us on stage. It’s a ragamuffin group on stage. We all played on the album. Luke and I primarily write and sing, but it’s a very collaborative thing. The third thing is we do want to take people on a musical journey rather than give them three-and-a-half minute soundbites.

That journey happens both musically and lyrically. Both work in conjunction.

  Luke: Well, a lot of soundtracks and old music actually doesn’t have any lyrics. If you listen to, there’s a brilliant story that you can almost hear being played out. Our hope is to merge those two. We have lyrics in our music. We want our lyrics to represent the music, and we want the lyrics to represent the music. For Joel and I, the process we have, which is creating the whole song at once, builds a complete song. Our hope is that it’s musically and lyrically attached at the hip.

Is it important for you to tell stories
with the songs?

  Joel: It’s like anything. I’d feel most connected with you, Rick, if we were to sit down, have a coffee, and tell our stories. That’s the relation. Then there’s that, “Oh man, I went through a similar thing the other day when this happened!” I feel like music is the melodic version of that. You sit down and listen to a song and go, “I don’t know where he or she was writing or what experiences he or she came from, but that’s putting words to exactly how I feel.” From the beginning, it’s imperative that we write about what we’re walking through at that moment creatively, but almost as directly as we can.

How does the writing shake down
between the two of you?

  Luke: That’s the funny thing about music and creativity. It changes all the time. Sometimes, I’ll be singing in the shower, get an idea, and then we go to the studio. Or, Joel will do the same. He might just have a lyrical idea. Usually, it starts with something musically. Then, we move into melodies and lyrics. From that process, we’re creating the tracks and music. There’s no set formula, but there is a rhythm we find within the first ten or fifteen minutes.

  Joel: This album was very different in some ways that a lot of it was written on the road. A lot of the band guys were playing on it out there. We set up a studio in the back lounge of the tour bus. That’s another peculiarity as well. It was written in Los Angeles, on freeways across the country, and elsewhere. Hopefully, it doesn’t have a regimented sound like, “This is how we do it every time.”

You capture a natural energy
in the moment.

  Joel: We need to talk to you every day. Rick. [Laughs].

That’s doable! What are the stories behind “It’s Not Over Yet” and “O God Forgive Us”

  Joel: It’s like we said about that sitting down for coffee moment, there’s always a personal experience you’re coming from. On the flip side of the coin, there’s a question of, “How do we want people to receive the song” This is the personal experience. Luke and I are two of seven kids, originally from Australia.
 The family is five boys and two girls. We are a very close family. When we moved to America, dad lost his job shortly after we got here. We were all kids. The whole family banded together. We did everything from raking leaves and mowing lawns to mom and our oldest sister cleaned houses. It was anything, and it all went back into the family fund. We saw an incredible kindness and almost a miraculous thing where people really helped us.
  For instance, the first Thanksgiving we were in America, someone gave us the keys to their brand new car the first night they met us. It was Thanksgiving night. We found ourselves at these people’s house. They just opened their door to anyone who wanted to join. The father of the house said to our mom, “We want you to take the keys to our brand new minivan because we know you guys are in need.” People found out we didn’t have any furniture, and they dropped off furniture. We didn’t have any money for our little sister to be born in a hospital so someone anonymously paid for the whole bill. The fact that Luke and I are even working together as brothers can be correlated to that time as a family.
  With regards to that, “It’s Not Over Yet” was written about our younger sister. She’s in her early twenties now, and she’s had a real struggle with Lyme Disease. It’s very elusive, and it knocks you over. It can be debilitate you. That’s for her saying, “Life is just beginning. It’s not over yet. You’ve got to find hope.” On the flip side of that coin, it’s been great to see how people have found their own meanings in the song.

  Luke: “O God Forgive Us” is about the difficulties, strange things that take place in life, and the doubt we have about life as well as the challenges there. Sometimes, the wars we have going on inside we’re saying, “O God forgive us for these things!” It’s an intimate song for us in a world with a lot of crazy things going on. It’s our little plea from our hearts.

What artists shaped you?

  Joel: I remember looking at vinyl records in Sydney, Australia as a three-year-old kid. I’d blaze it over the soundsystem. For me, I love theatrical scores. U2 is another one. I love classic Joshua Tree by U2—just how provoking they are as both writers and presenters of music and how they’ve banded together.

  Luke: When we were much younger, the artist Seal was an influence. That’s where we get a lot of our desire for harmony and layers for vocals. I did that incredibly well on “Kissed By a Rose.”

If the album were a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?

  Joel: Good question! We’ve never been asked that before. Another band I’d throw into the melting pot of inspiration is Tears for Fears. They had a great balance between digital and organic instrumentation. To connect that to a theatrical score, I’d say Tron: Legacy. Daft Punk oversaw the whole thing. There was an interesting balance between these Juno-esque synths and throwback and merging it with this wonderful orchestral moment. I’d say Tron, if I had to pick.

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 About for KING & COUNTRY

 Soaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation and personal themes are the heartbeat of for KING & COUNTRY’s sophomore album, RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. The duo, comprised of Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, has accomplished several notable feats on their record. Perhaps the most remarkable is that the award-winning rock/pop duo has achieved the unexpected.
  Not only have they ventured into new musical territories with some of the highlights being a collaboration with hip-hop artist Andy Mineo, their continued creative partnership with artist/producer Aqualung and their discovery of new soundscapes with producer Tedd T. (MuteMath), but for KING & COUNTRY also managed to surpass the bar that the brothers had set for themselves with their debut album.
  They raised expectations tremendously with the release of 2012’s 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 for 2012 and American Songwriter called them “Australia’s answer to Coldplay.”

  “A really thrilling component of this album is that we stepped into it with 300-plus shows under our belts,” Joel says. “We have five band members on the road with us. After spending countless hours in 15-passenger vans and performing on stage together, a deep creative bond formed. We made many discoveries along the way—our love for rhythm, our enthusiasm for theatrics and the beauty of how a lyric can touch someone’s heart. These experiences have been an excellent springboard into a new and more developed version of for KING & COUNTRY.”
  The ultimate result of all of this is a body of work that lives up to the band’s powerful name. for KING & COUNTRY is a reflection of standing and fighting for something greater than yourself, a mission statement that directed the duo from the first words penned for this project until the last note was recorded. “Our goal was to continue that theme of writing honestly and authentically about life,” Joel says.
  The album also serves as the musical journal documenting the last three years of the brothers’ lives, a life-changing time of growth, transition, revolution and revelation. In addition to their professional success, Joel got married and Luke became a father during this time. But Luke also faced a life-threatening illness that forever altered his perspective. By experiencing great depths of pain and fear, he now has more joy and hope than ever before.
  The album’s most gut wrenching and moving track is “Without You,” which unexpectedly features Luke’s wife, Courtney, on vocals and is also the most difficult song Luke has ever written. When he was at his worst, his wife feared that she could lose him, so she told him, “Luke, you just can’t leave me here.” Luke says, “The lyrics gave me the vision and the hope for what is to come. I know that I have today but I don’t know if I have tomorrow, so in those moments, I am going to laugh, and I’m going to dance if I can. If this illness was to take me, it would take me as a very hopeful man.”
  The philosophies of hope and love were instilled by their parents, who raised their seven children in Sydney, Australia, before relocating to Nashville in 1991. Their father worked as a music promoter, so the boys often accompanied him to shows. In their teenage years, they also sang background vocals for their sister, gospel artist Rebecca St. James. When Luke was 19 and Joel 21, the two formed a band and began the journey of writing and recording music.
  Coming from that rich family heritage, the brothers also carry with them a mantra of sorts, speaking to a woman’s worth as well as encouraging themselves and other men to step up and stand out to proclaim that chivalry is not dead.
  “Part of the DNA of for KING & COUNTRY is this idea of respect and honor in relationships and women being priceless,” Joel says. “What we’ve both found in our beliefs as men is that people are made equal. No one is a commodity and everyone deserves to be loved and loved well.”
  To Joel and Luke, remaining focused on what truly matters is crucial to succeeding musically. “The best legacy I can leave is if I am a good dad and good husband. If my family environment was out of whack, I don’t know if I’d even be able to write songs anymore,” says Luke.
  “A lot of my passion and zeal for life is because I have a wife who counts on me and a son who looks up to me and says ‘Dada.’ I can’t believe how much love he has in his eyes when he says that word. I can see the complete trust and safety that my son feels when he is with me. When he began to walk, I often thought, if I could run wild like a one-year-old does and live a life that embraces adventure in that way, I think I would see life entirely differently.”

  And therein lies the phrase that has ultimately become not only the title of their sophomore album, but also a statement of what it means to truly be alive. Joel sums it up this way, “RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. is a statement of reclaiming our birthright as humans, to live a life that is for others, and in that find what it truly means to run wild, live free and love strong.“

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