Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong., the highly-anticipated, sophomore album due September 16 from for KING & COUNTRY, is available today, June 24, for pre-order on iTunes. Fans who pre-order will receive two tracks instantly from the forthcoming album including hit, debut single "Fix My Eyes," as well as "It's Not Over Yet."
Comprised of brothers Joel and Luke, the duo's new single, "Fix My Eyes," has remained in the Top 5 on iTunes Christian/Gospel singles chart since its release May 1. In addition, Nielson BDS reports that the single had the most stations supporting first-week at Christian AC/CHR radio than any song since 2009 with 77 stations supporting, including 100% of the Christian CHR panel. With 93 stations currently spinning "Fix My Eyes," the song sits at No. 16 on the National Christian Audience chart and No. 11 at Christian CHR radio just two weeks after impact. Additionally, the song is the fastest selling song on the Christian AC Chart through its first 6-weeks of availability.
With the soaring melodies, driving rhythms and powerful, personal themes of Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong., for KING & 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. Live 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.
The album also serves as the musical journal of the last three years of the brothers' lives, a life-changing time of growth, transition, revolution and revelation. In addition to their professional success, both men married and Luke became a father. Luke also faced a life-threatening illness that forever altered his perspective.
"Sometimes we forget the pleasure that life is," says Luke. "We only have one shot at this, so let's give it our best shot. When you get sick, you are keenly reminded. No one ever prepares you for death; you only ever do it once, and you never really know how close or far you are from it. So the album is our best shot at maybe potentially inspiring people to say, 'Look at what we've got here.'"
About for KING & COUNTRY
The duo was named "New Artist of the Year" at the 44th Annual Dove Awards and "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Crave, released in 2012, is the highest selling debut from a new artist in their genre that year. They made their late night debut performing their hit song "The Proof Of Your Love" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the song was named iTunes' Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Song of the Year. ET's "The Insider" said for KING & COUNTRY "make music that speaks directly to your heart" and have been "gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre." American Songwriter commented that "for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia's answer to Coldplay." In 2012, they were named one of Billboard's 17 acts to watch and were CCM's best-selling new artist.