Cole Walowac and Jon White began leading worship together at their home church in Washington D. C. in seventh grade. When they started writing songs and mixing beats in their parents' basements during high school, their music caught the attention of chart-topping artist TobyMac. During their junior year of high school, they decided to head to Nashville to pursue their dreams.
"God gave us a mission and a purpose, but we knew we had to finish high school first, so we finished our senior year, then it was off to the races," Cole says.
Today Cole and Jon have made a name for themselves as Capital Kings, an electronic-pop duo that has toured the world and is nominated for the Dove Awards' new artist of the year. When they're not on stage performing, they're two 22-year-old Millennials who desire to "bring light to where there's darkness" by spreading the gospel through their music and how they live. Here's what Cole had to say about keeping faith fresh in pop culture—along with offering a 24-hour free music Friday download offer of Capital Kings' single, "I Feel So Alive," at the end of this interview.
What themes do you focus on in your songs?
Cole: One of the major themes we focus on is just leaving the past behind. It doesn't matter what you've been through. A lot of people feel like, my past, you don't understand, no one could ever forgive what I've done, but we talk about that quite a bit on this album—that God doesn't care about the past. All he sees is the future, and he knows that if you want to give your life up to him, there's no telling what you can do—your future is bright.1