“Love like I’m not scared, give when it’s not fair…” are some of the lyrics to Christian-rock duo For KING & COUNTRY’s latest hit song, “Fix My Eyes“– the first song they sang when they took the stage at Edmonton’s Rexall Place last Sunday, May 24th.
The GRAMMY award-winning group, consisting of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, were just one of the acts scheduled to perform at YC Alberta, Canada’s largest Christian Youth Conference, this past weekend. They came onto the music scene in 2012 with the release of their debut album, Crave, and are best known for writing and singing inspiring songs that praise God and touch the hearts of people across the world.
I was blessed with the opportunity to see them in concert for the second time at YC, and I wasn’t disappointed one bit. The amount of talent that these guys have is incredible (not only can they sing, but they know how to play several instruments), their stage presence is unbelievable, and they brought tears to some of my friends’ eyes with the personal stories in some of their songs. It would be an understatement to say the stage effects were good.
Not even a minor setback could stand in the way of their performance.
“Please forgive me,” Joel said before the band’s performance of “It’s Not Over Yet,” a track off their latest album, Run Wild. “but I’m kinda sick, so I’m gonna need your help singing this next song.”
Luke started singing the first verse, and by the end of that approximately four-minute song, the audience was very involved. The refrain, “out of the dark, into the light, it’s not over…” literally shook the stadium as more than 10,000 youth sang along. And connecting to this year’s YC theme, UNSTOPPABLE, it was obvious that Joel wasn’t going to let a cold stop him– he still sounded amazing.
There was even a little moment of worship when Joel lead the crowd in singing “Amazing Grace,” a performance that has happened at many For KING & COUNTRY concerts in the past. Everyone turned their cellphones on and waved them in the air, and I could feel God’s presence in the room right then and there. It was such a beautiful moment that I wish I had gotten a picture.
Other highlights of the night include:
– When Luke sang “Without You,” a very personal song depicting his struggle with a life-threatening illness. That was the first song that stood out to me from their performance at YC last year, and I spent the following 6 months looking for it… until they released the studio version in September 2014.
– Earlier in the concert, the guys sang one of their older songs, “Fine Fine Life.” They changed the lyrics of the second verse, “I fell asleep in a casino, you should’ve seen her face…” to “I fell asleep in EDMONTON…” There’s just something about one of your favorite bands mentioning the city/town you live in, in one of their songs. I love it. 🙂
– When they sang “It’s Not Over Yet,” the band all took their instruments and went into the audience and played. I was busy trying to take some pictures of the concert, but let me tell you, when I realized they were right in front of the audience like that, I screamed with excitement.
If you ever get the chance to see For KING & COUNTRY in concert, I would recommend going. They’re seriously so talented, and I’m so grateful that God has given me the opportunity to see them not just once, but twice, in concert. 🙂
Set List: “Fix My Eyes,” “Fine Fine Life,” “Light It Up,” “To The Dreamers,” “It’s Not Over Yet,” “Amazing Grace,” “No Turning Back,” “Run Wild,” “Without You,” “Shoulders,” “The Proof of Your Love“