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Soaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation and personal themes are the heartbeat of for KING & COUNTRY. The Australian duo, comprised of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, raised expectations with the release of 2012’s Crave, winning Billboard’s New Artists to Watch for 2012. Their sophomore effort RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. debuted at #1 on the iTunes Chart and garnered two Grammy Award wins for the band. They received yet another Grammy nomination in 2017 for their song “Priceless,” the title track from their #1 indie film of the same name. This past Spring (2016), for KING & COUNTRY headlined a major 60-city arena tour, and finished the year with their first, headlining Christmas tour, selling out several arenas across the country, including the Honda Center in Los Angeles. With over 150 shows in 2016, the band played for 1 million fans, has sold over 600,000 records and had 150,000,000 streams of their music. They have performed on numerous network television shows including The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, FOX and Friends and have songs featured on the Emmys, The Super Bowl,Sunday Night Football, U.S. Open, 7UP and more.

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for King & Country | A Drummer Boy Christmas

Friday, October 30, 2020

for KING & COUNTRY – known the world over for its grand re-envisioning of the classic “Little Drummer Boy,” especially following its rousing, show-stealing performance of the song during the 2019 CMA Country Christmas TV special on ABC that received a standing ovation – is bringing that signature style to a brand-new, 13-song album, A Drummer Boy Christmas. The duo’s first-ever, full-length studio Christmas album features Gabby Barrett on “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and NEEDTOBREATHE on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

“It all started on a dreary winter’s night in our American hometown of Nashville, TN. It was the end of 2012, the year the band began. We piled ourselves into an old factory - cellos, brass, bass, guitars and of course, a load of drums. We began to frantically rehearse and prepare for an incumbent Christmas tour that we frankly, due to the fact that we’d yet to release a Christmas album or song, had no right to embark on,” shares Joel and Luke Smallbone of for KING & COUNTRY.

“Yet,” the brothers continue, “From that shotgun rehearsal (where we insolently dreamt up our rendition of “Little Drummer Boy”) to today, the beauty, drama, and ultimately the miracle of Christmas has caught our musical imagination and therefore been laced into the DNA of the band. With this as the backdrop, coupled with all we face socially, politically and ethically across the globe, we felt it was the imperfectly perfect time for us to do our small part in telling the story of the redemption that Jesus’ birth offers to you, and to me. So bake those chocolate chip cookies, make a little hot chocolate, strike up that cozy fire, and let us take you on a 44 minute and 49 second musical Christmas journey to celebrate the greatest story the world has ever known!”

Executive produced by GRAMMY Award®-winning musician and producer Aqualung, aka, Matt Hales (Sara Bareilles); orchestrally arranged by Davide Rossi of Coldplay fame; mixed by Ban Baptie (Ellie Goulding, U2, Adele); and mastered by Dave Kutch (Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds of Summer, The Weeknd) - A Drummer Boy Christmas includes 13 tracks and features two original Christmas songs entitled “Heavenly Hosts” and an emotionally moving ballad from Joseph’s perspective, “The Carol of Joseph (I Believe In You).” A Drummer Boy Christmas was produced by Tedd T. and for KING & COUNTRY, and co-produced by Benjamin Backus.

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