Students hold “Burn the Ships” Release Party

By JESSE SHEPPARD, reporter
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

On Friday, October 12th at 9 P.M., The SC For King and Country Ambassadors held an event to celebrate the release of a popular Christian band’s latest album.

For King and Country is the two-time Grammy winning Christian Duo composed of Joel and Luke Smallbone, the brothers of the notable singer and author, Rebecca St. James. Their new album, “Burn the Ships” was released on Friday, October 5th.

Jase Brandt, a sophomore at Sterling, volunteered to be For King and Country’s ambassador at Sterling College based on the impact their music and movie have made on his life.

“I’ve liked For King and Country for a long time. They helped shine a light into my life, maybe I can help them shine into other people’s,” he said.

This event was hosted by Brandt along with a team of students, and together, they hosted an event unlike any other. Instead of going through a club or student organization, the team worked closely with SGA (the Student Government Association) and CAB (the Campus Activities Board) to obtain supplies as well as access to Cornerstone.

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“It’s not an on-campus club, it’s kind of a ‘here-and-gone’ type of thing. Student Life approved of it, because it is a Christian band, and a Christian movie. It was kinda cool to see everything come together,” Brandt said.

The event went from 9 P.M. until 12 A.M. and included an album listening party, where students gathered around to enjoy food and camaraderie as the album played through the soundsystem in Cornerstone.

This was followed by a showing of “Priceless”, a movie inspired by For King and Country’s hit song from their 2014 album, “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.”

The movie portrays a truck driver who discovers that he is involved in a sex-trafficking operation and who finds his redemption by saving sexual abuse survivors and survivors of trafficking.

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The event gained the attention of many students, and several were in attendance to enjoy nachos and fellowship while listening to the influential band.

“It was very unique, and I would like to be part of something like this again,” Brandt said.