Reigning New Artist of the Year Dove Award recipients for KING and COUNTRY, consisting of brothers Joel and Luke, release their acclaimed sophomore album RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. today. Already hitting No. 1 on iTunes, the recording’s multiple 2014 GMA Dove Award-nominated lead single, “Fix My Eyes,” has also sold well-over 100,000 downloads and becomes this week’s No. 1 song on the National Christian Audience chart. The song further claims the No. 1 spot for the sixth consecutive week at CHR radio.
With the momentum building around today’s launch of the new album, for KING and COUNTRY’s major market, 40-city fall YOU MATTER—THE TOUR kicked-off Sunday (9/14) with a sold-out event in Nashville (Franklin, TN). Playing at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City yesterday, today in Houston for a KSBJ Brown Bag event and Sept. 19 at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds in Shippensburg, PA, the tour resumes in Louisville, KY at Southeast Christian Church Sept. 21, where at least 7,000 people are expected to attend. From there, they will travel to Knoxville, TN, where their Sept. 22 performance is also sold out. The tour will then continue into cities like Washington, D.C. (Woodbridge, VA), Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, San Diego, Las Vegas, Austin, Albuquerque and more before wrapping up at the Sun National Band Center in Trenton, NJ (11/22). Sponsored by Compassion International, all YOU MATTER—THE TOUR dates and tickets are available now at www.forkingandcountry.com.
The tour will feature hits like “The Proof Of Your Love” from their critically acclaimed debut album, Crave, as well as new songs derived from a long, at times painful, but ultimately enriching journey that led to the recording of RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG.
“Without You (Feat. Courtney)” hit No. 1 on the Christian & Gospel Top Songs iTunes® chart, and is an inspiring, real life message of hope that features a beautiful duet with Luke’s wife, Courtney.
“‘Without You’ is probably the most honest, difficult song that I’ve ever had to write,” says Luke. “I got very, very sick at one point and my wife, during my sickness, thought that there was a chance she could lose me. She came to me on one particular night and said, ‘Luke, you just can’t leave me here.’”
“‘When you hear Luke’s wife on the chorus and them singing it together, I will be on record of saying it is the most gut-wrenching song that we have ever written,” adds Joel. “I think we’ve written a lot of honest songs before, but this is about as rip-a-page-out-of-your-journal-and-sing-it as music gets.”
Songs from RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. are also gaining national attention through significant television placement. “To The Dreamers” is featured in “The Shows That Touch You” NBC campaign to promote its fall lineup, while CBS featured the encouraging anthem, “It’s Not Over Yet,” during its airing of the Men’s Semifinals of the US Open Tennis Championships.
Nominated for four 2014 GMA Dove Awards, for KING and COUNTRY is also set to perform “Fix My Eyes” on the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards Oct. 7, which will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Oct. 12. The duo also recently played during the 16th Annual GRAMMY Block Party in Nashville, and completed an interview with Grammy.com.
With RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., for KING and COUNTRY has created an album that lives up to the band’s name, a reflection of standing and fighting for something bigger than yourself, a mission statement that drove the duo from the first words written for this project until the last note was recorded.
“RUN WILD. LIFE FREE. LOVE STRONG. is a statement of reclaiming our birthright as humans to live a life that is for others–a life that is others-focused, God-focused—and in that, find what it truly means to run wild, live free and love strong,” says Joel.