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I confess I’m my happiest when I’m behind the scenes. I have spent my life in the background, but there I was, lit up onstage.
It was June 12, 2021, the night before the K-LOVE Fan Awards, at a special event entitled “An Evening with the Smallbones.”
There were a couple of thousand people in the audience (and more who would watch the filmed event later) who wanted an up-close look into our musical family, sometimes referred to as the “Australian von Trapps.” We have been a touring family for the past 27 years, with much of it in the spotlight in some way or another, including Grammy wins for three of our children.
It was a very sweet night, sharing a glimpse into our family dynamics. Then, when the cameras were turned off, our son Joel addressed the audience. He announced that he and Luke (their band is for KING & COUNTRY) had been writing a new album, and they wanted to premiere a song they had written for me: “Unsung Hero.”
The boys had first played the song for