When you typically hear the words “for king and country” you don’t think about a Christian rock-pop duo bearing that name, but there is such a group and the Grammy-award winning brothers are performing for free on Sunday at the 2015 Elkhart County 4-H Fair in Goshen, IN.
According to the Elkhart Truth on July 26, the free Gospel Day concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Grandstand, so be prepared for a large crowd, as these two handsome brothers tend to draw lots of fans, especially the female kind–even though they are both married. But it is not just due to their good looks that their concerts do so well; these brothers know how to deliver a music hit that drives fans out of their seats and onto the concert hall floor.
The most recent “for King and Country” tour dates for the Christian rock-pop duo shows the brothers will be all over the country this year and will not make it to Georgia until Dec. 29, when they will be performing at the Macon Centreplex. It is still early days to get your tickets for that event, but if you want to see the duo in concert on Sunday night in Indiana, you only have a couple of hours left to get to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
If you can’t make the concert, be sure to check out the latest videos of “For King and Country” on their website or listen to one of this Examiner’s favorites by clicking on the video link above this article. The song is titled “Fix My Eyes” and the back story for the song is quite interesting. According to Luke Smallbone, one of the two brothers who make up For King and Country, the band was embarking upon its first national headlining tour–the “Proof of Your Love” tour–when he became diagnosed with a digestive illness. His wife, who was also along for the tour, was seven months pregnant. He and her, along with his brother and about 10 more band members and associates were traveling together in the 15-seat tour bus, which he says presented its own obstacles due to the lack of privacy and space.
We found ourselves exhausted but needing to write a song,” Luke said.
That song was “Fix My Eyes,” and the lyrics say it best: “I live like I’m not scared. Give when it’s not fair. Live life for another. Take time for a brother. Fight for the week ones. Speak out for freedom. Find faith in the battle. Stand tall, but above it all…Fix my eyes on you.”
Luke says that at that point in their career they began asking themselves these questions: “Who are we as a band? What do we stand for? And what do we want to say?” And his brother and fellow band frontman, Joel Smallbone, says, “Fix My Eyes is now an anchor for us as a band. It’s a mantra. Lyrically, it carries, really a ‘built in fight,’ if you will, for us as a band. It carries the cause.”
If you could take all of King and Country songs to date and you ask Luke or I ‘Hey, what is the song that really represents you?’ Honestly, I think I would have to pick ‘Fix My Eyes,’ because, in the end, when you look at Fix My Eyes and you look at For King and Country, and look at the family, that hope is what we do. That hope is why we do what we do. To carry that into any situation, any environment we are allowed to, to offer people, not just a temporary fix, but God willing, offer them a changed eternity.”