• Story behind the song: "War Cry" by Social Club Misfits

    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Heartbroken by the string of shootings across America, Miami hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits aimed to write an anthem that would inspire people to stand up for what they believe in, regardless of the consequences. That's when “War Cry” was born.

    “Anything that happens to our generation, we take it personally,” attests Fern, one-half of the duo. “This song really came from a place of just wanting to rally a generation around this message of Jesus Christ, the hope of the world. So we incorporated parts of our testimony into the song.”

    His fellow Misfit, Marty, says it's important that they create songs like “War Cry.” Songs people can relate to - not just lyrically, but sonically as well. “We are just so happy to make music that impacts the culture and to be able to rap and intertwine it with worship, to be able to praise God,” says Marty. “We feel so honored and privileged to be able to touch the people in a way that's relevant and in a way that's cool to us.” 

    Regardless of who connects with their music, their goal is to make sure their art has no borders, as evidenced by the diversity showcased on their full-length debut. “We're Latin; we're from South Florida, so we love music that crosses different cultures,” shares Fern.

    Yet, Marty is quick to add, “We only do it for an audience of One.”

    War Cry” features guest vocals from Tauren Wells and can be found on Social Club Misfits' debut album, Into The Night.

     

    The brave and inspiring story behind for KING & COUNTRY'S new album!

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Luke Smallbone, one-half of the brotherly duo for KING & COUNTRY, was in Austin, Texas, preparing for a show when he received a call from his wife. Desperate and near tears, Courtney asked him to come home, immediately. It was the first time she had ever called with this type of urgent request.

    Without even stopping to tell his brother Joel goodbye, Luke booked a flight and headed back to Nashville. He soon learned his wife was struggling with an addiction to pills. Having recently given birth to another son, Courtney had been taking medicine under a doctor's care while she was battling intense morning sickness. Although she initially started taking the pills to ease her nausea, she gradually became dependent on them, even after the baby was born.

    When he got home, Luke found his wife in the bathroom. She was flushing all the pills in their house-even down to bottles of Aspirin. “It's a new day,” she said, noting that she had to get help and live differently.

    “The next day we went to a mental hospital, and we walked that journey together,” Luke reveals. Luke took some time off the road to be at home with Courtney and their sons. For two weeks, every morning, he drove his wife to an outpatient rehab facility that helped her learn to cope without medication.

    This season of addiction - something the couple had never experienced before - birthed the title track to for KING & COUNTRY's album, Burn The Ships. As Joel and Luke began writing for the record, they were moved by Courtney's bravery and also reminded of an old story about an explorer who led a group of soldiers to a new land. Soon after realizing the soldiers weren't progressing because they wanted to go back to where they came from - a place of comfort and familiarity - he gave the orders: “Burn the ships! We're not going back!”  

    For Luke and Courtney, flushing those pills and admitting that help was required was an act of burning the ships. In order to move forward, they had to let go of the past.  

    “I really wanted my wife to know that your past doesn't have to consume your future,” Luke says in reference to telling her story in “Burn The Ships.” “That song kind of embodies hope for a lot of people these days. We've all made mistakes in life. For a lot of us, we need to burn the ships. We need to burn a lot of things that are in our past.”

    Burn The Ships is for KING & COUNTRY's third studio album and also features the No. 1 hit, “joy.” 

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    Tauren Wells: The story behind his new song "Known"

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    To be fully known and loved by God is a sentiment we all desire, if we're honest. For Tauren Wells, it's a reality he writes about in his song, “Known.”

    “It's probably the most important song that I've ever been a part of,” Tauren reveals. “For me, it's just been a doorway for God teaching me some really important things that I need to learn. And one of those is that image is overrated.”

    Image is a hard thing for a Christian artist to grapple with. How does one glorify God with their art when people want to glorify you? When Tauren was originally part of vocal group Royal Tailor, he asked this question, and decided he was better suited to serving full-time in his church back home in Texas. “Honestly, I just love the local church,” he says. “I love serving in the local church, and that is a worthwhile cause to give your life to. And so I was pretty content with that.”

    That's when God decided to jump-start his solo career...

    “It's been cool to see that once I got to a place where I was willing to lay it down - what I had been holding so tightly to - that God really blessed me with opportunities I never thought possible,” Tauren shares.

    Those opportunities include multiple hit singles at radio and four GMA Dove Awards, including the coveted trophy for New Artist of the Year. Yet, like the message behind his song, “Known,” Tauren knows the accolades don't mean much if he's not following God's call.

    “As grateful as I am for the pictures and all of these trophies, this doesn't matter as much as what's happening inside of my heart,” Tauren asserts. “God knows those things, and in the midst of all of my brokenness and imperfection, in the midst of all of His knowledge of me, He still loves me. That is the heart of 'Known,' and I think that's why it's connected with so many people.”

    Known” is found on Tauren's full-length debut album, Hills and Valleys.