For country music fans, there are as few events more eagerly anticipated as the Country Music Awards Country Christmas special. One of the most anticipated events of the season, the Christmas special is a good time featuring the best musicians in the country music world singing classic Christmas tunes.
A perennial Christmas favorite, "The Little Drummer Boy" has been covered by everyone from Kenny G to Bob Dylan to Pentatonix to punk rock icons Bad Religion. Originally titled "Carol of the Drum," the song was originally based on a Czech folk song before being recorded for American audiences. Brought to wider awareness by the Austrian Trapp Family Singers, the song has been a favorite for generations. It has been a big favorite for artists but few performances are as memorable as For King and Country.
A Christian music group formed by two Australian brothers living in Nashville, For King and Country has been described as "Australia's answer to Coldplay" by American Songwriter (which sounds kinda passive aggressive to me) and their group name comes from a British battle cry. Luke Smallbone, one of the brothers who started the band, said about the name:
"We wanted a band name that carried more meaning. We were in the studio recording our debut record that Joel had the idea of All The King's Men, like the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme. Our producer overheard our conversation and swung around in his chair and said, 'What about For King & Country?' And we all felt a sense of providence in that moment. "For King and Country" was the battle cry of English soldiers willing to lay down their lives for their king and their country. And now it has become our mission, to lay down our lives for our King and our country."
They describe their philosophy as:
"The power of music can impact our mood, emotions, our day. But when you merge the strength of music with the heart, hope and passion of the Gospel... it has the ultimate power not only to change someone's day, but to impact them for eternity. This is why we write music and sing songs - we hope that people will be moved, encouraged and stirred to live a life for Someone greater than themselves."
Check out their Christmas special here: