for King & Country Releases New Album “Burn the Ships”: Stream
- Nashville-based Christian pop duo for King & Country (Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone) released their third studio album “Burn the Ships” on October 5th for the first time in four years.
The album comprises of 11-track including five singles "pioneers", "God Only Knows”, "Amen”, "joy." and title track.
A day before the release of the album, the duo dropped a new music video for album title track “Burn the Ships”. The song was inspired by Luke Smallbone's wife battling addiction.
Luke Smallbone said, “Are there ships you need to burn in your life? What from your past has kept you silent and held you back from freedom? This album, ‘Burn the Ships’ was conceived when my wife, Courtney was battling addiction and all that comes along with it.... She one day chose to literally “flush the pills”, and never look back. Now we invite you to stand with us - leave the past behind, step into a new day, and ‘Burn the Ships’.”
- The album title came from the book that Luke Smallbone read a old story of an explorer going to a new land. And each song was born out of thier real life experiences.
The album features thier family collaboration, their sister Rebecca St. James co-wrote three songs including "Never Give Up". Also Luke Smallbone's wife Courtney Smallbone performed with Joel Smallbone's wife Moriah Peters on "pioneers".
"It feels like the most mature record that we've made just in understanding who we are as a duo, who we are as men and maybe understanding life because we are a bit older than we were last time around," Joel Smallbone told Billboard. "We intentionally went back to our previous album [2014's Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong] and looked at the songs that connected with people. Every song that really moved the needle, even the ones that weren't singles, were songs that were personal. So we said, 'We're not going to do 15 songs on an album. We're going to do 10 songs and every single song needs to have a personal story attached to it.'"
- source : Billboard