For King & Country
Described by critics as the Australian answer to Coldplay, Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone founded For King & Country after graduating high school in Nashville, although they were then known as Austoville. The duo signed with Warner Music Group in 2009 and promptly changed their name to For King & Country after the classic Red Coat battle cry. Their debut single under the new moniker, “Busted Heart (Hold On to Me)” off their debut EP “For King & Country: The EP,” peaked at no. 3 on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart.
For King & Country wasted no time building on the success of their EP, releasing their debut album “Crave” in 2012 to rave reviews from both Christian and mainstream music critics. American listeners flocked to the Australian duo as well, propelling the album to no. 4 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and no. 15 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.
The band truly broke into mainstream popularity with the release of their second album “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong,” which spent a long 17 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart peaking at no. 13 bolstered by singles “Run Wild” and “Fix My Eyes.” The album’s success earned the brothers an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the Today Show in March 2015 and a headlining spot on the Winter Jam Tour 2016.
For King & Country performs at Inn of the Mountain Gods on Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show start at $20.