As young children, Joel and Luke Smallbone from the Christian group For King & Country never heard of Thanksgiving, the Tennessean reports.
There weren’t stories of Pilgrims and traditions with turkey or pumpkin pie where the brothers were raised in Australia. But when their dad got a job in Nashville in 1991, the family moved to Middle Tennessee and, through twists of fate and hard luck, their first Thanksgiving became a pivotal moment.
The artistic Smallbone family is best known today for Christian rock. Oldest sister Rebecca Smallbone changed her name professionally to Rebecca St. James and became one of the genre’s best-known female artists. Brothers Joel and Luke formed what is now Christian pop rock duo For King & Country in 2011, and now the Dove Award-winners are following in her footsteps.
But life didn’t always have such an even tempo.
“We were all young enough to not feel the gravity of the situation,” St. James said of life when the family first moved to the U.S. “We were on the other side of the world and didn’t know much of anybody and were sleeping on the floor and didn’t know where our income was coming from.