In 2011, they released For King & Country: The EP. Their song "Busted Heart (Hold On To Me)" was released as a single and peaked at #3 on Billboard's Christian Songs chart. "Busted Heart" was the fastest-rising single of 2011 in their genre, climbing the Top 10 for weeks.
Their debut album Crave was released on 28 February 2012. The album hit #2 on the iTunes top Christian & Gospel albums on its day of release and #42 on the overall chart. It peaked at #4 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart, and remained on the chart for 41 weeks.
It also reached #128 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album has received rave reviews from critics. Shortly after Crave's release, they released "The Proof of Your Love" as a single, remixed and titled "The Proof of Your Love: The Monologue Mix".
The single differs from the album version with a monologue spoken by Joel from 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (The Message) as the bridge instead of the guitar riff on the album version. The single reached #8 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart and spent 29 weeks on the chart.
The band toured on the 2012 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. In May 2012, they appeared on the Huckabee show on Fox News Channel. Their debut hit song, "Busted Heart (Hold on to Me)" was featured on an October 2012 episode of VH1's Rehab with Dr Drew.
Among other television placements, their songs "People Change" and "Love's To Blame" have been featured The CW's Vampire Diaries, and "Light It Up" and "Sane" have been featured on the Lifetime show Drop Dead Diva.
In July 2012, they announced The Proof of Your Love Tour with Jason Castro and Dara Maclean to visit 30 cities from September through November 2012. In October 2012, they released an original Christmas song entitled "Baby Boy"; it reached #20 on the Hot Christian Songs chart.
During the summer of 2013, the band was forced to take time off when the 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Luke dropped to 125 pounds (57 kg) due to an attack of ulcerative colitis. In June 2013, Joel Smallbone appeared in a non-singing role as King Xerxes in the film, The Book of Esther from Pure Flix Entertainment.
In August 2013, the band released Hope Is What We Crave: Live, a live album and DVD, both recorded at The Factory in Nashville on the last night of the band's first headlining tour. They also released "Hope Is What We Crave" as a single.
It is a reworked version of "Crave" from their album. The band toured with Casting Crowns starting in February 2014. For King and Country released their new album Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. on 16 September 2014.
The album spent 17 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at #13, and reached #12 on the Digital Albums Chart. The band performed their songs "Run Wild" and "Fix My Eyes" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 25 March 2015.
They were part of the Winter Jam Tour 2015 in the central and eastern parts of the United States and part of Winter Jam 2016. The duo released a deluxe anniversary edition of the album on 23 October 2015 including three new songs: "Priceless", "Ceasefire" and "Wholehearted", as well as a reworked version of "It's Not Over Yet", called "The Encore".
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