The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today the nominees in 44 categories for the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CST.
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For King & Country
For King & Country, stylized as for KING & COUNTRY and formerly known as Joel & Luke as well as Austoville, is a Christian pop duo composed of Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone. The Nashville-based brothers were declared by Billboard as one of the "New Artists to Watch" for 2012. American Songwriter described them as "Australia's answer to Coldplay".
During high school, the brothers supplied background vocals and other supporting roles for their sister, Rebecca St. James, and various bands in concerts across America. Shortly after Luke graduated from high school, the brothers decided to explore the possibility of forming a band, and in 2007, they began performing as their own band. They began their career with the band name "Austoville", which they later changed to "Joel & Luke" while trying to come up with a name they thought was good.
In 2008, they released an EP under the "Joel & Luke" name, A Tale of Two Towns with six songs, three of which appeared on Crave with slightly different melodies and lyrics ("Missing", "Sane", and "Love's to Blame") and three others entitled "Broken Lullabies", "Believe Me Now", and "Something's Gotta Give". Love's to Blame was co-written by St. James.
In 2009, they signed on with Warner Music Group with Ben Glover as their producer. They changed their name to "For King & Country", after a British battle cry. Luke said.
Joel David Smallbone was born on 5 June 1984 and Luke James Smallbone was born on 22 October 1986. Both were born in Sydney, to David and Helen Smallbone, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991, after their father's job relocation. Their father was a music promoter, and Joel recalls, "going to these rock concerts, sitting on my father's shoulders, plugging my ears...Honestly, in a lot of ways, I feel like music chose me and as I grew older, I made a clear decision to fully lean into it." The Smallbones are the younger brothers of Christian recording artist and speaker Rebecca St. James, and the brothers-in-law of Jacob Fink, former bassist for the band Foster the People. They were raised with another sister, Libby, and three other brothers, Ben, Dan, and Josh.
On 26 June 2010, Luke married Courtney Helm. Their first child, Jude James Smallbone, was born on 19 December 2012. They also have a son, Phoenix Alexander. In late 2016, Luke announced via social media that he and his wife are expecting their third child.
On 7 July 2013, Joel married Moriah Peters, who is also a recording artist, in California. They now reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
The brothers are both dual citizens of Australia and the United States.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces initial list of performers and presenters set to appear at the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards.
for KING & COUNTRY, the two-time 2015 GRAMMY Award-winning Australian brother duo, Joel and Luke Smallbone, releases the official music video for their latest single, "Shoulders."
Filmed in Nashville and Chattanooga, TN, the video is directed by Ben Smallbone, with support from Joel Smallbone, and features several powerful scenarios oriented around a central theme of redemption.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—GRAMMY®-nominated platinum-selling rockers Skillet will return to the famed Winter Jam stage to headline the blockbuster tour’s 20th year, it was announced tonight. Reigning as the world’s #1 first quarter tour for four consecutive years, NewSong’s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular revealed its 2015 line-up and cities during a special event earlier this evening at Nashville’s Hard Rock Café.