for KING & COUNTRY's fourth studio project, What Are We Waiting For?, asks a pivotal question in a post-pandemic world. Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone provide the answer across 13 original tracks that confront relevant issues and confirm the duo's commitment to community, diversity and family.
Set against a sonic backdrop painted by the Platinum-selling group's lush, vivid pop, the collection features cameos from tourmate Dante Bowe, Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly and includes barrier-breaking single "Relate," awe-inspiring "Love Me Like I Am", tear bringing "Unsung Hero", led up by feature of "Harmony", with Sleeping At Last, and unifying No. 1 hit "TOGETHER." Songs "Unity", with Dante Bowe, and "Broken Halos" hint on the bands ability to continue to evolve with the current world. The projects first second single, "For God Is With Us" just hitting radio at the release is another example of the duo's versatility. The album hits 3 major points: Songs of Faith, Songs of Family Relationship, and Songs of Culture.
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Love Me Like I Am
Unity (feat. Dante Bowe)
For God Is With Us
Hold On Pain Ends
Harmony (feat. Sleeping At Last)
TOGETHER (feat. Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly)
Cheering You On
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Solid Effort from for KING & COUNTRY| Posted March 13, 2022
The Australian duo for KING & COUNTRY, comprised of brothers Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone, follow up their 2018 album Burn the Ships and their 2020 Christmas album A Drummer Boy Christmas with What Are We Waiting For? Their fifth studio album features their distinctive sound of bass, drums and strong vocals. Themes on the album include being the same in different ways, letting go of mistakes we’ve made, God loving us as we are, racial unity, holding on till the pain ends, parents, commitment in marriage, differences, and worship.
Below are a few brief comments about each song: Relate – This song was the first single from the album and was written by Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Josh Kerr and Tayla Parx, and produced by Kerr, Tedd T and for KING & COUNTRY. The song, which reached number one on Christian radio, features keys, bass, drums, and backing vocals, and tells us that we don’t know what it’s like to be one another but by the grace of God we’ll see each other’s heart.
Key lyric: I don't know what it's like to be you You don't know what it's like to be me
What if we're all the same in different kinds of ways
Can you, can you relate? Broken Halos – This song was written by Josh Kerr, Mick Coogan, Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone, produced by Kerr, Tedd T and for KING & COUNTRY. The song features synth, keys, drums, bass, and backing vocals. We can take our mistakes and let them go because we all wear broken halos.
Key lyric: Don't you dare, don't you dare Don't you hang your head Love Me Like I Am – This song was written Michael Pollack, Josh Kerr, Luke Smallbone and Joel Smallbone, and produced by Jeff Sojka, Kerr and for KING & COUNTRY. The song features keys, bass, drums and backing vocals. The song could be addressing horizontal or vertical love.
Key lyric: It's amazing that You can Love me like I am
And even when I can't
You still love me as I am Unity – This song was written Tony Williams, Federico Vindver, Josh Kerr, Luke Smallbone and Joel Smallbone, and produce by Vindver, Kerr and for KING & COUNTRY. The song about racial unity features Dante Bowe on vocals, keys, bass, drums, and a choir.
Key lyric: Save us from this madness Heal us from this sadness
Lead us to what matters
Closer to You For God Is With Us – This song was written by Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Jordan Reynolds and Josh Kerr, and produced by Aqualung, Kerr, Tedd T, Benjamin Backus and for KING & COUNTRY. The song features guitar, keys, bass, drums and backing vocals. The song about Jesus addresses his birth, crucifixion and present reign.
Key lyric: Can you feel the hope that's rushin' in? Can you hear the song that's echoin'?
Join with the choir as we sing
This is where love truly begins Hold On Pain Ends – This song was written by Luke Smallbone, Joel Smallbone, Jordan Reynolds and Josh Kerr, and produced by Kerr, Benjamin Backus, Tedd T and for KING & COUNTRY. The song about holding on until pain ends features bass, drums, bass and backing vocals.
Key lyric: When it's hard to say amen And it doesn't go as planned
When it's more than you can stand
You can hold onto me then Unsung Hero – This song was written by Seth Mosley, Luke Smallbone, Joel Smallbone, and Federico Vindver, and produced by Vindver, Mosley and for KING & COUNTRY. The tender song about mothers and fathers, features strings, backing vocals, and guitar.
Key lyric: You're an unsung hero, so I'll sing this song for you Harmony – This short song was written by Federico Vindver, Aqualung, Seth Mosley, Luke Smallbone and Joel Smallbone, and produced by Mosely, Vindver and for KING & COUNTRY. The song features Sleeping at Last, keys, strings and backing vocals.
Key lyric: Just the way that you taught us Sing our songs, our melodies
In harmony Shy – This song was written by Josh Kerr, Luke Smallbone, Joel Smallbone and Taylor Hill, and produced by Tedd T, Kerr and for KING & COUNTRY. The song features bass, drums, and backing vocals. The song addresses not being shy about our faith, despite the fear.
Key lyric: When the world is trying to cut me up And the fear is running through my mind
You won't see me backing down
I'm not gonna be shy Together – This song was written by Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Josh Kerr, Kirk Franklin, Ran Jackson and Ricky Jackson, and produced by Kerr, Federico Vindver and Benjamin Backus. Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly are featured on vocals. This song was released in May, 2020 and was a number one song on Christian radio. It was previously released on the Burn the Ships Deluxe Edition: Remixes and Collaborations album. The song is about how together with our differences, we are bolder, braver and stronger.
Key lyric: If you're lookin' for hope tonight, raise your hand If you feelin' alone and don't understand
If you're fightin' in the fight of your life, then stand
We're gonna make it through this hand-in-hand Seasons – This love song was written by Michelle Buzz, Josh Kerr, Luke Smallbone and Joel Smallbone, and produced by Tedd T, Kerr and for KING & COUNTRY. The song features keys, backing vocals, bass and drums.
Key lyric: On the day that I met you You knew that I knew
When I said that I choose you
You know I still do Cheering You On – This song was written by Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Luke Smallbone, and Joel Smallbone, and produced by Kerr and for KING & COUNTRY. The song features synth, drums, keys, bass, and backing vocals. The song is about cheering on a friend who is going through a difficult time.
Key lyric: I'll be cheering you on when no one else will I'll be cheering you on as you run your race Benediction – This beautiful worship song was written by Nicolas Balachandran, Ricky Jackson, Ran Jackson, Josh Kerr, Luke Smallbone and Joel Smallbone and produced by Kerr. The song features organ,
Key lyric: With all my mind With all my strength
I want to be just like You
In all my days
In all my ways
I want to be just like You Favorite songs: