Luke and Joel Smallbone of the band ‘for KING & COUNTRY’ are currently touring Australia for the first time as a band. Robbo and Becci from Vision Christian Radio's 'Rise & Shine' caught up with the duo backstage at their Brisbane concert.
The brothers were born in Sydney, but moved to the US with their father and five siblings in 1991. They began their music career supporting older sister, Christian singer Rebecca St. James, and released their first EP as a duo in 2008.
Touring for the first time in Australia was a nervous undertaking for Luke and Joel as they were not sure how they would be received. “In kind of a humourous way, in the Bible it says that a prophet is never welcomed back in their home town,” Luke laughed. “I was thinking, is that the way it’s going to be for us? Not that we’re prophets, but are we going to be rejected?”
The response from the Australian audience blew the brothers away, with most of their concerts selling out at record speed. They even had to add second shows in a number of locations. Joel shared, “The incredible reception from the Sydney Opera House, to [Brisbane] selling out in a week. We didn’t expect it. Even stepped foot in the country, we just felt this massive bear hug by Australia – koala bear hug.”
In the video interview above, Luke and Joel also share about holidaying in Australia and New Zealand, reuniting with their Aussie relatives, Joel’s speeding ticket in Queenstown, what people can expect to see at their shows and Luke opens up about his recent baptism.