For King and Country are headed by back to the Delaware State Fair on Tuesday.
The pop/rock Christian duo For King and Country are headed back to the Delaware State Fair this summer for the second straight year.
This time the band of brothers have been upgraded to headliner and will play on the M&T Bank Grandstand in Harrington on Tuesday. Sidewalk Prophets open the show.
The Australian-American brothers, Luke and Joel Smallbone, won two Grammy awards in 2015.
The awards were for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong” and for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for their collaboration with rapper Lecrae on “Messengers.”
Luke Smallbone explained the impact that winning those awards has had, his experience at last year’s state fair and his message to fans who support the Black Lives Matters movement.
What do you remember about last year’s state fair?
The people came out in droves. The cool thing I like about the northeast is they’re fairly not impressed unless they’re impressed. They’re people that are out there that are just normal people that enjoy music. It was cool to just see how they came alive when the music got going. They could tell that we’re real people as well. I think you could sense they were thrilled to have us there. We were thrilled to be there. They were just a wonderful group of people that came out that night.
What doors have opened since winning two Grammies?
We got to play “The View” not too long ago. Also, we were able to play the “Jimmy Kimmel” late night show. Different media opportunities like that have kind of opened up. But then even state fairs, being able to come play these events like this year – those don’t just come out of nowhere. They come because I think they see a demand and there’s people who are interested, obviously, in your music. And that does come from these types of awards that we’re very, very grateful to have received.
There have been a number of national shootings this month and racial tension has been pretty thick. What message do you have for fans who support the Black Lives Matter?
We have a movie coming out called “Priceless” on Oct. 14 and it’s about... we’ve talked about a woman’s worth basically since the beginning of our career. What I’ve realized is all of this unrest over the last [weeks] that we have as a nation is people are crying out for value. People want to feel like they’re important and that they matter. We’ve been talking about this issue from the beginning of our careers saying to people that, “guys, a life is absolutely priceless.”
I’m married with two little kids and when I see those little boys, I’d do absolutely anything for those two little kids. Every human, whether black, white, Asian or whatever different race, they’re somebody’s son or somebody’s daughter. And every single one of their lives matters immensely. I think that’s been the heartbreak that I’ve felt over the last week is that there are people in this world that feel worthless and insignificant.
You have six siblings. Where do you and Joel fit in?
I am the third youngest and Joel is the next one above me. Joel is the middle child.
What led to you both starting your band?
My older sister is an artist by the name of Rebecca St. James and we actually grew up on the road. Joel was a stage manager and I was the lighting director. We both sung a little background vocals and such. It was kind of when we were in high school that we got to see the power of music in people’s lives. I’ll never forget, I tore my ACL playing basketball and basketball was my dream. I realized obviously that wasn’t going to be my future. But I was listening to an album by Switchfoot called “The Beautiful Letdown” that really connected to me. And I remember thinking to myself, what if I write songs like this? Could I potentially be a part of somebody’s life and day like these songs have been for me. I think that was a moment where music became a real option.
What makes “Run Wild” a special album?
We want to be people that are real and authentic in our artistry. I hope people see we’re walking life like everybody else is. I think that’s part of the reason why people have resonated with the album. My brother Joel got married just before we started working on the album. I went through a time of illness and we wrote about those kind of varying degrees of emotion, the highlights and the wonderfulness of new love and then the difficulties of illness. I think because of that people felt connected to the album because they were like, “I’ve gone through these things. I’ve seen those experiences.”
What led you to your Christian faith?
I found that Jesus was true and I wanted to align myself with truth.
Can you give an example from your life that proved Christ is for real?
When I was about 8 years old I went through a period of time where I was actually lying, ironically enough, about all sorts of different things in my life. Obviously I got caught in most of those lies like most kids at 8 years old do, because we’re not very good at it. My parents came to me and said, “Luke,” kind of asking, “what’s going on in your life?” My dad was like, “you need to go apologize to your mother.” I said, “I’m sorry for these lies.” It was in that moment out of my lies that I saw the need for truth.