15 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

D.C.'s Capital Kings use the language of EDM—exhilarating trance melodies, driving Dutch house kickdrums, trap and dubstep's bass weight—to give their Christian pop songs drama and thrust. On II, Jon White's teen-crushworthy croon and Cole Walowac's party raps are often drenched in hazy effects or draped over attention-demanding club beats, as on uplifting "Into Your Arms." The result is a collection of praise-giving (and praiseworthy) bangers that suggest it is indeed possible to "Live for the Drop" and live for the Lord at the same time.

EDITORS’ NOTES

D.C.'s Capital Kings use the language of EDM—exhilarating trance melodies, driving Dutch house kickdrums, trap and dubstep's bass weight—to give their Christian pop songs drama and thrust. On II, Jon White's teen-crushworthy croon and Cole Walowac's party raps are often drenched in hazy effects or draped over attention-demanding club beats, as on uplifting "Into Your Arms." The result is a collection of praise-giving (and praiseworthy) bangers that suggest it is indeed possible to "Live for the Drop" and live for the Lord at the same time.

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About Capital Kings

Washington, D.C.'s Capital Kings are a Christian duo known for their dynamic, electronic-based, dance-oriented pop. Formed in 2010, the group originally featured DJ, producer, and rapper Cole Walowac and singer Jon White. Life-long friends, the musicians met in a church nursery and started playing music together as kids. They gained notice in 2012 with a series of remixes for fellow Christian artists tobyMac (including "ShowStopper" and "Me Without You"), Britt Nicole ("Amazing Life"), Mandisa ("Good Morning"), and Group 1 Crew ("His Kind of Love"). By the end of that year, they released an EP, I Feel So Alive, and also made two contributions to the Gotee label's Christmas compilation 'Tis the Season to Be Gotee Too. Their self-titled debut album followed in January 2013 and entered Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart at number five.

In 2015, Capital Kings returned with their sophomore album, II, which featured appearances from singer Chris Tomlin, as well as rappers KB and tobyMac. As with their debut, the album fared well, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and reaching number three on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

By 2016, White had left the group and was replaced by singer Dylan Housewright. Housewright made his recorded debut with the band on the non-album single "I Can't Quit," which also featured a guest appearance by rapper Reconcile. A second non-album single, "Love Is on Our Side," appeared in 2017. ~ Andy Kellman

ORIGIN
Washington, D.C.
GENRE
Dance
FORMED
2010

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