• The brave and inspiring story behind for KING & COUNTRY'S new album!

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Luke Smallbone, one-half of the brotherly duo for KING & COUNTRY, was in Austin, Texas, preparing for a show when he received a call from his wife. Desperate and near tears, Courtney asked him to come home, immediately. It was the first time she had ever called with this type of urgent request.

    Without even stopping to tell his brother Joel goodbye, Luke booked a flight and headed back to Nashville. He soon learned his wife was struggling with an addiction to pills. Having recently given birth to another son, Courtney had been taking medicine under a doctor's care while she was battling intense morning sickness. Although she initially started taking the pills to ease her nausea, she gradually became dependent on them, even after the baby was born.

    When he got home, Luke found his wife in the bathroom. She was flushing all the pills in their house-even down to bottles of Aspirin. “It's a new day,” she said, noting that she had to get help and live differently.

    “The next day we went to a mental hospital, and we walked that journey together,” Luke reveals. Luke took some time off the road to be at home with Courtney and their sons. For two weeks, every morning, he drove his wife to an outpatient rehab facility that helped her learn to cope without medication.

    This season of addiction - something the couple had never experienced before - birthed the title track to for KING & COUNTRY's album, Burn The Ships. As Joel and Luke began writing for the record, they were moved by Courtney's bravery and also reminded of an old story about an explorer who led a group of soldiers to a new land. Soon after realizing the soldiers weren't progressing because they wanted to go back to where they came from - a place of comfort and familiarity - he gave the orders: “Burn the ships! We're not going back!”  

    For Luke and Courtney, flushing those pills and admitting that help was required was an act of burning the ships. In order to move forward, they had to let go of the past.  

    “I really wanted my wife to know that your past doesn't have to consume your future,” Luke says in reference to telling her story in “Burn The Ships.” “That song kind of embodies hope for a lot of people these days. We've all made mistakes in life. For a lot of us, we need to burn the ships. We need to burn a lot of things that are in our past.”

    Burn The Ships is for KING & COUNTRY's third studio album and also features the No. 1 hit, “joy.” 

    "joy." (Official Music Video): 

    "Burn The Ships" (Official Music Video):

    Tauren Wells: The story behind his new song "Known"

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    To be fully known and loved by God is a sentiment we all desire, if we're honest. For Tauren Wells, it's a reality he writes about in his song, “Known.”

    “It's probably the most important song that I've ever been a part of,” Tauren reveals. “For me, it's just been a doorway for God teaching me some really important things that I need to learn. And one of those is that image is overrated.”

    Image is a hard thing for a Christian artist to grapple with. How does one glorify God with their art when people want to glorify you? When Tauren was originally part of vocal group Royal Tailor, he asked this question, and decided he was better suited to serving full-time in his church back home in Texas. “Honestly, I just love the local church,” he says. “I love serving in the local church, and that is a worthwhile cause to give your life to. And so I was pretty content with that.”

    That's when God decided to jump-start his solo career...

    “It's been cool to see that once I got to a place where I was willing to lay it down - what I had been holding so tightly to - that God really blessed me with opportunities I never thought possible,” Tauren shares.

    Those opportunities include multiple hit singles at radio and four GMA Dove Awards, including the coveted trophy for New Artist of the Year. Yet, like the message behind his song, “Known,” Tauren knows the accolades don't mean much if he's not following God's call.

    “As grateful as I am for the pictures and all of these trophies, this doesn't matter as much as what's happening inside of my heart,” Tauren asserts. “God knows those things, and in the midst of all of my brokenness and imperfection, in the midst of all of His knowledge of me, He still loves me. That is the heart of 'Known,' and I think that's why it's connected with so many people.”

    Known” is found on Tauren's full-length debut album, Hills and Valleys.

    We've got new music from Gawvi & Hollyn!

    Thursday, November 8, 2018

    These new songs are birthed out of places of growth for both Hollyn & Gawvi. And, their music videos reflect aspects of each artist's story, see for yourself:

    Gawvi "Fight For Me (feat. Lecrae)" [Official Music Video] 

    “Whether it's God, or another person, I want to communicate the idea that through all the battles in life and passionate things you believe in, you want to feel like someone is fighting for you. But there's a twist, in the end, you need to fight for yourself as well.” - Gawvi

    "I need you to fight for me
    When I don't know what I believe
    Why does everybody leave
    Show me what its like to dream"
     -Lyrics from "Fight For Me (feat. Lecrae)" by Gawvi

    Hollyn "Isaac" [Official Music Video]

    "It was just a season of completely letting go of everything that I thought I knew and trusting that He had something better for me." - Hollyn

    "I will lift my hands (I'll lift my hands and surrender to You)
    So, I will lift my hands (I'll just say yes, I'll just say yes, yeah)
    Even when I feel like I'm gonna break
    I know what You said to me never changes"
     -Lyrics from "Isaac" by Hollyn