By Justin RouillonTuesday 8 Dec 2020
The Nashville-based but fiercely Aussie duo are marching to the beat of their own drum this holiday seaso, with for King & Country releasing their first full length Christmas album in 2020.
The four-time Grammy winners unveiled A Drummer Boy Christmas in October, before following up with their Drummer Boy Drive-In Christmas Tour more recently.
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The tour, which began on November 12, included stops at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles and the famous Grand Ole Opry – supporting The Salvation Army, who said they could see increased demand for support this Christmas up by 155 per cent.
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With the current pandemic presenting unique challenges to touring musicians, A Drummer Boy Drive-In: The Christmas Tour sees for KING & COUNTRY performing in drive-in settings across the United States, with safe, socially distanced concerts under the stars.
“It’s been a difficult year for so many,” vocalist Joel Smallbone said.
“Now more than ever, we felt compelled to get out on the road in a safe and socially distanced way to spread the joy and spirit of Christmas in the best way we know – by sharing a night of music celebrating the greatest hope the world has ever known. But we didn’t want the night to end after the last car leaves the parking lot, so we chose to support The Salvation Army and their Rescue Christmas campaign – to bring toys to families unable to afford them.”
A Drummer Boy Christmas features thirteen tracks, two of which are original compositions; Heavenly Hosts, and A Carol of Joseph, a ballad sung from the perspective of Joseph. The album has been produced by long-time collaborator Tedd T (Mutemath, Newsboys, We Are Messengers) and features string arrangements courtesy of Davide Rossi (Coldplay, The Verve).
The band has also released some beautifully animated picture story videos to accompany the album, including the first single Heavenly Hosts.
The Christmas album and tour will close out what’s been a massive year for the Aussie brothers, despite the global coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this year, they debuted their single Together (feat. Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly) on Good Morning America. Together is about the strength of unity in the face of adversity, went on to become a multi-week No. 1 hit single.
In March, the duo hosted the critically acclaimed livestream event Together: A Night of Hope to over 2.5 million viewers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After collaborating with renowned entertainer Dolly Parton to release a version of the duo’s 11-week No. 1 hit God Only Knows in 2019, the duo won two 2020 Grammy awards. God Only Knows won in the Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category, and their third studio album, Burn the Ships, won a Grammy in the Contemporary Christian Music Album category.
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About the author: Justin Rouillon is a senior producer and content creator who works in broadcast radio.