MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING DUO APPEAR ON LEGENDARY STAGE AHEAD OF DEC. 18TH SOLD-OUT “A DRUMMER BOY CHRISTMAS | THE 2022 TOUR EXPERIENCE” GLOBAL LIVESTREAM CONCERT EVENT AT THE OPRY
TWO-TIME DEFENDING DOVE AWARD WINNING ARTIST OF THE YEAR AMONG THIS YEAR’S TOP NOMINEES SCORING SIX 2022 DOVE AWARD NOMINATIONS
NASHVILLE, TENN. (Aug. 17, 2022) — Multi-GRAMMY® Award winning duo and Curb | Word Entertainment recording artist FOR KING + COUNTRY made their Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday, Aug. 12. Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone stepped onto the world renowned stage to perform songs from their second Top 10 album on the Billboard 200, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?
Says FOR KING + COUNTRY, “It’s not every day you connect so intimately with a group of people. Many thanks to the marvelous @opry team for extending the invitation, the video crew for capturing all the magic this evening, and to each of you in the room and listening online for welcoming us with open arms (and a standing ovation!). Honored to share our Opry debut with YOU! A night we won’t soon forget.”
The historic performance serves a precursor to FOR KING + COUNTRY’s global livestream “A DRUMMER BOY CHRISTMAS | The 2022 TOUR Experience” concert event that will bring the duo back to Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry House on Dec. 18. The SOLD-OUT event will be one of two hometown concerts with a second Opry show recently announced to take place on Dec. 19.
In addition to their Opry debut, the two-time defending Dove Award winning Artist of the Year is among this year’s top nominees. Recently scoring six 2022 Dove Award nominations, the powerhouse duo is up for Artist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year (“RELATE”), Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (“What Are We Waiting For?”), Short Form Music Video of the Year/Concept (“RELATE), Short Form Music Video of the Year/Performance (“For God Is With Us”), and Long Form Video of the Year (“What Are We Waiting For? | The Worldwide Special”). The Dove Awards take place Oct. 18 on Lipscomb University campus in Nashville, Tenn. The show airs Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. CST via TBN and the TBN streaming app. An encore performance airs Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. CST.
ABOUT FOR KING + COUNTRY
FOR KING + COUNTRY is one of the music industry’s most respected and decorated duos. Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone have been awarded four GRAMMY® Awards, seven GMA Dove Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and 16 K-LOVE Fan Awards; and their 11 No. 1 songs have produced an astonishing 1.8 billion career streams. The RIAA Platinum-selling act’s live show has been hailed as a must-see concert event that continues to wow sold-out crowds whether in the U.S., Australia, Germany, Netherlands, or New Zealand. FOR KING + COUNTRY’s WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? released this year, became the duo’s second Top 10 album on the Billboard 200; following their RIAA Gold certified album, BURN THE SHIPS, which also debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The duo has had seven consecutive No. 1 songs including “For God Is With Us,” “joy.,” “TOGETHER” (feat. Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly),” and the 11-week Platinum smash, “God Only Knows.” The global hitmakers have collaborated with a diverse list of artists including Hillary Scott, Dolly Parton, NEEDTOBREATHE and Timbaland, amongst others. Joel and Luke Smallbone are committed to numerous philanthropic efforts focused on human trafficking, children in need, as well as numerous programs in support of the arts. For more information about FOR KING + COUNTRY visit: www.forkingandcountry.com
ABOUT CURB | WORD ENTERTAINMENT
In 2016, Curb Records acquired Word Entertainment, combining two of the music industry’s most respected brands, and more than a century of collective experience. Today, Curb and Word are two of the world’s leading independent music companies. Owned and operated by Mike Curb, the Curb | Word family includes the labels: Curb, Word, Squint, Fervent, Sidewalk, MCC and IVAV, as well as Curb Publishing, Word Publishing, 25 Live, Curb Films, Word Films, Word Entertainment, and Curb Sports, representing top artists and entertainers in Country, Christian, Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop. For more information visit www.curb.com.
ABOUT GRAND OLE OPRY
Grand Ole Opry is a property of Gaylord Entertainment Company (NYSE: GET), a diversified entertainment company whose business operates in two groups: hospitality and attractions, and music, media and entertainment. Gaylord Entertainment is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.