Derri Daugherty is an record producer, songwriter, guitarist and singer, best known as the lead singer and guitarist for band The Choir. Daugherty is also one of the founding members of the Roots music super group The Lost Dogs with Terry Scott Taylor (Daniel Amos), Michael Roe (the 77s) and Steve Hindalong (The Choir).
Daugherty is working on his first ever solo album with fan support through crowd-funding site, Kickstarer. In celebration and in the spirit of giving back, Daugherty is giving away his entire ambient instrumental 8 song EP away for free here on Freeccm. While his new solo album will focus on his warm and inviting vocals through original pop, rock, alternative song crafting, we believe these free guitar driving ambient cool & chill instrumental songs are something you’ll be glad to add to your music collection.
About this free album: Clouds, Echo in Blue is a creative offering from The Choir’s Derri Daugherty. Daugherty performs ambient electric guitar driven instrumental music that showcase delicate & sparse soundscapes. These 8 songs course with melodic drive and whimsical passion.
When passion, talent and determination intersect, great things can happen. John Tibbs is a prime example. Before joining the FairTrade Services family and recording his auspicious label debut, Dead Man Walking, the singer/songwriter had already built a strong foundation for his quickly burgeoning career.
A critically acclaimed independent success story—his discography includes Swallowing Death, Breathing Life in 2012, as well as 2013’s Anchor—John’s heartland sound and honest lyrics have earned him a formidable touring platform and household recognition among Noisetrade consumers.
With an earnest, evocative voice and genuine songs that naturally connect with listeners, it’s an exciting time for the Kentucky-born artist. He has already toured with such leading names as Newsboys, Crowder, Tenth Avenue North, Unspoken, Gungor and Audrey Assad, and he’ll be joining Matt Maher on the road later this spring. John’s engaging live performances have more than whet fans’ appetites for his highly anticipated full-length debut.
One listen to the soulful, vulnerable title track (featuring Ellie Holcomb), the edgy truth of “Silver In Stone” or the shimmering buoyancy of “Hope,” it’s hard to imagine this pastor’s kid—who grew up immersed in a variety of musical influences—do anything but write songs and sing.
“There’s a lot of old school country and church hymn-influences in my music,” John says of his roots-rock orientation. “When I was about 6-years-old, my dad took a position at a church in Punxsutawney, in western Pennsylvania. Growing up there, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty became the soundtrack of my youth.”
As a teen, John began to feel the call to music ministry. “I was an athlete in high school and anytime I was outside the house that’s what I was doing,” he recalls. “Then I attended a Crowder concert in junior high and there was something very special about that experience. His music connected so many different types of people to each other and to Jesus. I thought, ‘I have to do this,’ although I didn’t fully understand at that time how it would come to be.”
After graduating from Anderson University in central Indiana, John spent a year as a worship leader at nearby Madison Park Church, where he began to truly understand his calling. “I had written songs that ministered to people at our church so I started wondering how I could share my music beyond our congregation,” he says. “I began to play at other churches, then camps and conferences—God continued to open door after door.” John also developed an online community of more than 100,000 supporters who helped crowd-fund some of his independent recordings, and it wasn’t long before he’d piqued the interest of FairTrade.
Produced by Ben Shive (Rend Collective, Colony House), John’s label debut— Dead Man Walking—is filled with hearty, ear-grabbing melodies and honest, autobiographical lyrics. His transparency is like an emotional magnet pulling the listener deeper into each song. “I didn’t want people to turn this record on and hear a cute or polished song,” he says. “I want people to listen to the record and hear heart.”
He succeeds in serving up his heart in a powerful way on such tracks as the infectious “Raining Pouring” and the potent truth of “Anchor.” The latter is particularly meaningful to John, chronicling his own journey from fear to faith. “I was trying to figure out how I was going to be able to do music full time, because my job at the church was our only income,” he says. “The song talks about going out into the ocean; I’m in the boat and I don’t know the places I’m headed or the people I’m going to see. I don’t know how it’s going to end up, but I just know God is on board too.”
John penned eight of the album’s 10 selections, including “Abraham,” a hopeful track inspired by Exodus. “I connect to the story of the Jewish people. It just paints a beautiful picture of God’s strength and consistency, yet He’s so gentle,” John says. “God went above and beyond to get His people out of Egypt, though they cursed Him and turned away. I do that daily, but God has shown me time and again how good He is in spite of me. It all comes back to Him.”
“Everything I Need” holds deep personal significance for John in light of his struggle with a lifelong speech impairment. “The song says, ‘Though my weakness ties my tongue, I sing of every good You’ve done.’ It is exhausting to try to hide something,” he shares of the issue he managed to conceal for many years. “Culture says you have to be perfect and have all the answers, but that isn’t a healthy attitude. I started being open about my speech difficulties in hopes that it would encourage other people. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ All of us have our struggles, but our God is active in everything.”
Dead Man Walking showcases John Tibbs’ heartfelt explorations of faith and his insightful revelations about what it means to be a child of God in a complicated world. “Everyone struggles and there are things in each of our lives that act as chains and keep us from being the people God has called us to be,” he says, “Christ came and threw those chains off and because of that there’s Hope and Peace. I want this to be an album that acknowledges our struggles and then points people to Jesus.”
This week we are so excited be able to offer you a FREE DOWNLOAD of John Tibbs’ song “Anchor” off his debut album. If you like what you hear then be sure to pick up your copy available everywhere! Happy listening!
Beautiful Eulogy is a Portland, Oregon-based group made up of artists Braille, Odd Thomas and Courtland Urbano. The group introduces a distinct and directive sound that’s driven by a desire to worship and glorify the God of the Bible, based in the context of its members’ hip-hop roots and shaped by influences like electronic music, folk songs and old hymns.
The natural way Beautiful Eulogy came together parallels its organic creative process. As its members cooperated on various musical and church-related projects, they realized their chemistry and the opportunity before them to form a completely collaborative group that would emphasize a new gestalt — one that would allow them to steer away from a pure hip-hop trajectory while holding onto its origins, and that would free them from the courses of their solo careers while applying their individual talents to a collective. “We’re reinventing ourselves together,” the group says. Its members enjoy their creative freedom within self-imposed boundaries, by predefining their work’s message, sound and purpose.
This type of intentionality is central to the way Beautiful Eulogy creates songs, settling on concepts and driving them through a process and reprocess of musical and lyrical shaping. The resulting tracks are lyric-driven, but contain an equally deliberate musical backdrop. This panorama enhances and clarifies the presentation of weighty spiritual and theological truths, inviting listeners into the artists’ ideas about and experiences of God. Listeners may have first heard Beautiful Eulogy on Rapzilla’s King Kulture compilation, or featured on “Misconceptions,” a track from Lecrae’s Church Clothes mixtape. This week we are excited to give you a little taste of Beautiful Eulogy’s music by offering you a FREE DOWNLOAD of their song Covet off their album Selected Songs. Enjoy!
My heart’s cry is that people feel empowered as a body of Christ. It’s just heavy on my heart for all of us to rise up in unity and recognize the goodness of God. My hope is that people are empowered by knowing who they belong to, knowing that they are the son or daughter of God, and in response to that being able to worship fully, worship with complete abandon.”
Life experience often serves to sharpen a songwriter’s edge and provide them with a more colorful palette to draw from when creating images with their music. Though she’s young, Lauren Daigle has lived a lot of life and those experiences—some challenging and others exhilarating—enrich her perspective and create her heartfelt worship music.
Blessed with a voice that is both smoky and sweet, Daigle has forged a unique sound that combines the soulful, heart-in-throat vulnerability of Adele, with the passionate fire to serve God that Daigle admires in Brooke Fraser. Her Centricity Music debut, How Can It Be, is ripe with the kind of compelling lyrics and engaging melodies that invite listeners to draw closer to their creator, and that’s just what Daigle had in mind.
“There’s a continuing theme on this record—trust,” says Daigle. “My heart’s cry is that people feel empowered as a body of Christ. It’s just heavy on my heart for all of us to rise up in unity and recognize the goodness of God. My hope is that people are empowered by knowing who they belong to, knowing that they are the son or daughter of God, and in response to that being able to worship fully, worship with complete abandon.”
Faith and music have been intertwined in the Louisiana native’s life since birth. Growing up in a region steeped in blues, country, zydeco and Cajun music has inspired her to frame her worship music in a unique light. But Daigle admits she almost pushed music to the backburner, unsure if it was her true calling, until a devastating illness brought her young life into sharper focus. “It honestly was one of the best things that had happened to me,” Daigle says of contracting a debilitating virus when she was 15 that kept her out of school for nearly two years. “I was a sophomore living life and having a blast. Then there was a big halt. Because my illness was an immune deficiency, anything that was airborne I’d catch it. If any friends were sick I couldn’t be around them, so going to school became off limits.”
In the quiet solitude forced upon her by this condition, God spoke. “The Lord began to just pour in passion for music, singing and writing songs,” says Daigle. “When I was six-years-old people would say, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ And I’d say, ‘I want to be a singer.’ My mom called the house, ‘The Music Box,’ because I’d walk around the house singing all the time. But when I got older I went to this college prep school and felt I needed to get serious, so I thought I’d go into the medical field and do mission work. Then when the Lord brought me into that solitude I was like, ‘How did I get distracted from what my true passion is? I NEED to be singing.’ He really brought me through all of that season to pour in a passion for ministry and a passion for music.”
Once she was well, Daigle attended a charter school and completed a year and a half of class work in six months and actually graduated early. She took a year off from school, traveling to Brazil to do mission work, before enrolling at Louisiana State University to pursue a degree in Child and Family Studies, but music was always on her agenda. She led worship at her church, became an American Idol contender and sang on an EP a local band was recording. It was that gig that led to an invitation from Centricity Music to attend a retreat in Washington State. When the lead singer of the band had an emergency appendectomy, Daigle stepped in and immediately impressed label execs that encouraged her to come to Nashville.
“After the first week of being in Music City I thought, ‘Ok, I’m moving to Nashville!’” Daigle says of her current home. She began collaborating with local songwriters, sang background vocals on Jason Gray’s hit “Nothing Is Wasted” and landed her own deal with Centricity Music. She made her debut with the beautiful Christmas anthem “Light of the World,” which served as an appetizer that left fans anxiously awaiting her first project.
Produced by Paul Mabury (Brooke Fraser, Hillsong, One Sonic Society), Daigle’s How Can It Be is a compelling collection of songs that celebrate God’s faithfulness with a sense of wonder and awe.
In a short time, Lauren Daigle has made an impressive mark on the Christian music scene. She appeared on Jason Gray’s Christmas tour and opened for Aaron Shust on the Morning Rises trek. She sang with Hillsong at a mega church in Birmingham, an experience she’ll always treasure, and leads worship three or four Sundays a month at Atlanta’s North Point Community Church, pastored by Andy Stanley. She has a heart for victims of human trafficking, a cause she has given her time and energy to since her college days.
Lauren Daigle has a passion to see lives changed and knows that music is a powerful vehicle. “I hope that as these songs hit peoples’ ears, they don’t hear my voice, they don’t hear really good production, so they can say, ‘Whoa Lord, I’m encountering YOU right now,’” says Daigle. “That’s my heart’s cry for How Can It Be. That people are moved and lives get changed because they get to encounter more about God and see His character.”
Lauren recently released a special deluxe edition of her album How Can It Be which features the hit songs “Trust In You,” “First,” & “How Can It Be” plus 2 brand new songs, 2 video session tracks, & How Can It Be (Live)! And this week we are so excited to be able to offer you a free download of her song “Come Alive (Dry Bones)” off that album. If you like what you hear then be sure to pick up your copy of the album available everywhere now! Enjoy!
Some years from now, the name Jordan Feliz might be the obvious answer to a trivia question that goes something like this:
What artist launched his career as a hard-touring heavy metal singer, then switched gears to become a church worship leader, before finally signing a Nashville record deal and emerging as a preeminent soulful-r&b-groove-pop artist in CCM?
Well, if the question comes up some day, you’ll already know the answer: Jordan Feliz.
Fronting the West Coast buzz band A Current Affair gave Jordan’s powerful vocals some major exposure right out of high school. The band performed on the Warped Tour and other high profile gigs before dissolving. But heavy metal was never Jordan’s passion; it was just a fun experience with his friends and a way to stretch musically. As a child, Jordan had grown up with R&B artists like Sam Cooke and Earth Wind & Fire providing the soundtrack to frequent family road trips. Artists from what his father called “the good music era.” Those were the sounds and stylings that stuck in Jordan’s musical memory and by the time he was old enough to realize that his own singing voice was a gift, it was those early groove-funk-soul singers that had shaped his personal aesthetic. If he was going to make records, those were the kind of influences he wanted to draw from. Which brings us back to that Nashville record deal he signed with Centricity Music.
Jordan Feliz’s first full-length project, The River, reinterprets the rich influence of 70’s sensibilities in a modern pop context. Tag-team produced by Colby Wedgeworth (Lincoln Brewster, The Main, Lydia) and Josh Silverberg (Newsboys, Jon Foreman, Plumb), The River is packed with radio-friendly pop melodies that manage to hit those marks without compromising Jordan’s unique musical personality. The best example of his singular vision is the record’s powerhouse title track and first single, “The River,” which has already spent ten weeks on the radio charts at #1. While it sounds like a pulse-quickening mega-hit from the first listen—instantly singable and repeatedly listenable—”The River” actually rides on a deep current of soul-driven funk influence that serves to set it apart from other contemporary radio fare.
“I’m a big melody guy,” Jordan admits, “and musically “The River” is my own personal happy place. It’s a great driving groove that just feels good to sing. The song itself is an invitation to anyone who hears it—whether they’re stuck in pride and legalism or wallowing down in the mess they’ve made of their lives—it’s an invitation to take whatever we have and to run to Jesus. It’s an invitation to go down in amazing grace and to rise up being made new.”
Having just navigated a long and stormy transition after leaving the security of local music connections and a church staff position in California in order to move to Tennessee, Jordan Feliz and his wife experienced firsthand what it means to learn to rest in the simplicity of faith in a Father who daily provides for the needs of His children. In fact, they set out from California without even enough money to make it past Phoenix. But along each leg of the journey some music gig opened up that provided enough funds to drive the next leg. By the time they reached their new home, Jordan had actually made several hundred dollars from the move.
“We believed God had made it clear from the beginning we should move to Nashville,” Jordan says, “but that didn’t mean it was easy. After we got here I couldn’t find a job. My wife and I were sharing one car. I was posting handyman ads on Craigslist and working as a valet downtown. I could hardly get any people to write songs with me.”
At that point Jordan and his wife found out they were pregnant. The uncertainties and pressures and responsibilities were quickly mounting. Their whole lives felt like they were up in the air. Jordan describes it as a frightening time, but one that drove them to prayer and dependence on God. And in amazing fashion, they saw those prayers begin to be answered.
“The last year has just been like a whirlwind of good things falling into place,” Jordan says. “I signed the record deal with Centricity in February of 2015 and I finished my EP July 5th. Then, I actually won a brand new car, completely out of the blue, right before my daughter was born July 20th. My first single went to radio July 31st and shot up to #1, and the love I’ve received from radio and from new fans has been an incredible blessing. I got a slot on the Big Daddy Weave Tour which has been an amazing experience as well. And then we went right back in the studio to finish the full-length project. My life feels like it’s gone from zero to one hundred miles per hour in a blink! After so much difficulty and uncertainty, God answered our prayers. He is there for all of us, and all we have to do is remain faithful.”
This week we are so excited to be able to offer you a FREE DOWNLOAD of Jordan Feliz’s song “Live It Out” off his album The River. If you like what you hear then be sure to pick up a copy of the album available everywhere now!
From the same soil that grew Jim Morrison, Tony Hawk, NWA, Snoop, & Kendrick Lamar, grows another LA native, Propaganda. What do you say about Propaganda? He’s a poet, political activist, husband, father, academic, & emcee. With LA flowing through his veins & armed with a bold message, Propaganda has assembled a body of work that challenges his listeners with every verse & reaches across the spectrum of pop culture. From aggressive battle raps to smooth introspective rhythms, Propaganda’s music will cause you to nod your head, but more importantly it will stretch your mind & heart. This week we are so excited to give you a little taste of Propaganda’s music by offering you a FREE DOWNLOAD of his song “Dig” off his album Selected Songs. Enjoy!
Legacy. It’s a word Adam Agee, Dave Stovall, Brandon Bagby and Jack Campbell are hearing a lot lately. Taking the reins of one of Christian music’s most beloved bands, Audio Adrenaline, from former members Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss—who together saw the group garner two GRAMMY® Awards (Best Rock Gospel Album for Worldwide and Until My Heart Caves In); five GMA Dove Awards; a GOLD®-certified recording (Bloom); and 14 #1 Christian radio singles, including such signature songs as “Big House,” “Get Down” and “Hands and Feet”—the new foursome may have some big shoes to fill, but they also have a new trail to blaze.
Audio Adrenaline’s tenth full-length album, Sound of the Saints, finds the band poised for a fresh season, ready to build upon a storied history with a reenergized passion to reach the next generation of fans. With the full support of founding members Stuart and McGinniss, the group honors its heritage—performing a string of Audio A’s biggest hits in concert—while also bringing their distinct personalities to the music.
“We are excited to inspire a new generation of fans the way Audio A inspired us,” says Agee, former lead singer of Dove Award-winning pop/punk act Stellar Kart, with whom he released five studio albums and garnered multiple hit singles. “These new songs carry on the message of Audio A—positive, encouraging and challenging. God can use all of us, even the underdogs.”
“Watching the guys practice for this tour and record has been such a joy,” Stuart affirms. “Hearing the old classics with the new Audio A message makes me proud to be part of a legacy that continues to focus on the Glory of Christ and the absolute joy of becoming His hands and feet.”
Bassist Stovall, originally signed to Flicker Records as part of the band Wavorly, cites Audio A among his leading musical influences. “These guys have been my heroes,” he says. “I was just a 12-year-old kid in a crowd, thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, these guys are excellent musicians; they’re making great music; and they’re Christians. They’re the coolest people I know.’ That inspired a career for me, so my personal goal with the band is to become what the older generation of Audio A was to me.”
Bagby, who was part of Know Hope Collective—an acclaimed worship ensemble birthed by Stuart and McGinniss which, among others, included David Leonard and Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters—is also an accomplished visual artist and was a sought-after session guitarist prior to joining the new Audio A lineup. Meanwhile, Campbell, the group’s youngest member, grew up listening to Christian rock in his native Australia. “I think I was 9 when my parents gave me a drum kit, and they regretted it,” he laughs, “but it’s the best thing they ever bought me.”
Produced by GRAMMY® winner Seth Mosley (Jeremy Camp, for KING & COUNTRY) and Joshua Silverberg (Newsboys, Michael W. Smith), Sound of the Saints offers something for a broad spectrum of tastes, while building on the pop/rock foundation laid by the numerous award-winning songs in the band’s large discography.
Agee wants the band’s music to energize listeners to put their faith into action as well. “Some of the last words of Jesus were, ‘…go and make disciples of all nations…’ That’s the mission we’re honored to keep—going into the world and taking care of people, taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves.”
United around a common goal, Audio Adrenaline hopes longtime fans will celebrate with them in this season. “They have always had such great, loyal fans, and that’s what’s so fun,” Agee says of the group’s iconic history. “When you can impact people like that and they stay with you and have your back for 25 years, it’s amazing.”
As for the big shoes this new foursome stands poised to fill? They’re more than ready, Agee assures. “I consider it a privilege to get to carry on this legacy and continue to play music and inspire a new generation the way Mark and Will and the others who built Audio Adrenaline inspired us.”
This week we are offering you a FREE DOWNLOAD of Audio Adrenaline’s song “World Changers” off their latest album Sound of the Saints. Enjoy!
In 2014, Phil Wickham didn’t know whether or not he’d ever be able to sing again.
He’d gone to the doctor, having canceled a string of concerts because his throat was bothering him. He could barely talk. The doctors ran a few tests and discovered a vocal polyp – a small lesion on his vocal cord. They could remove it, but the healing process would take time. Phil wouldn’t be able to speak for a month, and after that, there were no guarantees his voice would ever be the same. He might not even be able to sing professionally anymore.
“I was upset,” Phil says. “I was afraid for the future. It felt like my identity was being stripped away.”
All of this had come a few months into the process of writing his seventh album, but it was a struggle. “It’d become this mundane thing – more a job than a passion,” Phil says. “I didn’t know what to write. I’d sit down to write a song, and I’d think ‘What do I say?’ I could say the same stuff I’d already said on old albums over again, but I didn’t want to do that. I needed a personal awakening.”
Then came the vocal polyp, the doctors, and the month of silence. Very suddenly, Phil’s whole future was thrown into question. “I remember a few days after the diagnosis, I was on my knees asking God for some peace and clarity and a sense of Him in it all. All of the sudden I had this strong sense of Gods presence there with me. There have only been a few times in my life where I felt, undeniably, His voice speaking to me. This was one of them. I felt, undeniably, His voice speaking to me. He said my identity is not in what I do, but it’s in who He says I am. He said ‘I’m your father. You’re my child. Trust me.’”
That sensation of being near to God stayed with Phil. He still had damaged vocal cords and an uncertain future, but one thing he didn’t have anymore was the fear.
“I’ve been singing songs about being a child of God since I was three years old,” Phil says. “I know that phrase. But it went from a Sunday School idea to this massive, freeing truth. Maybe because I’m a dad now. I equated my love for my kids to the God who is love – who created love. He loves me like a father. I found so much freedom and hope and peace in this fresh realization of my standing with Him as a child.”
Given a new sense of passion and freedom, Phil sat down to do what had proven so difficult just a few months earlier. He sat down to write some songs.
“I started writing songs out of this reawakening in my heart,” he says. “I still didn’t know if I was going to be able to sing a whole record of them. But I had a freedom and a lightness in my heart. That’s why I called the record Children of God. The way I feel about the record, that excitement and freshness, I feel like it’s my first record all over again. I feel refreshed. I have a new sound and a new heart. I can’t wait to get on the road and play these songs.”
This week we are celebrating Phil’s album release by offering you a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD of the title track “Children Of God.” If you like what you hear then be sure to pick up your copy of the record available everywhere now. We’re loving Phil’s brand new album and we’re sure you will too!
A lifetime is a long time to do anything. Yet, the four members of the JJ Weeks Band are certain they’ll spend forever praising God with their lives and their music. On their seventh full-length project—and first for Centricity Music—the JJ Weeks Band musically commits to telling the world about Jesus for as long as they can breathe.
Comprised of lead singer/songwriter JJ Weeks, bassist David Hart, drummer Jon Poole and guitarist Cody Preston, the Macon, Ga., based band may be new to the Centricity roster, but they are far from a new act. The group originated when Weeks—then a worship leader at his hometown church—needed a band for a local worship night. Hitting the road, the group began amassing a loyal fanbase throughout the southeast. To date, they’ve opened for everyone from MercyMe and Casting Crowns to labelmates Unspoken. In addition, their music has been featured on the official soundtracks for high-profile films God’s Not Dead and Four Blood Moons.
For Weeks and his bandmates, the stories they hear from fans are the crowning achievement of their vocation. “Making a difference in people’s lives—that’s really why we do this, we want to be a vessel,” the frontman asserts. “We can sing for two hours, and it will not change anything, but God can move in a moment and change everything. That’s just how big our God is,” Weeks maintains. “Our central message is ‘Come to Jesus,’ because He loves us more than we can ever understand.”
It’s this core idea that floods As Long As We Can Breathe, a brand new collection of songs that remind listeners of God’s peace and presence through a thoughtful mix of lush balladry and groove-inducing hooks. Throughout 10 fresh tracks, the JJ Weeks Band reiterates their complete commitment to Christ. “I feel like a lot of times, as Christians—counting myself—we cower down and back away from just being who we are instead of saying, ‘This is who I am. This is who God’s created me to be,’” Weeks muses. “We’re going to sing; we’re going to worship; we’re going to be what God wants us to be ’til the day we don’t breathe anymore.”
For the JJ Weeks Band, the songs on As Long As We Breathe have set fresh wind to their sails, refreshing the four men in ways they didn’t even know they needed to be refueled. “After 12 years of being a band, we feel like it’s a brand new rebirthing of the JJ Weeks Band, and we couldn’t be more excited,” Weeks shares. “It’s the best album we’ve ever crafted, and we’re just thankful that God let us be a part of it.”
This week we are so excited to celebrate the release of JJ Weeks Band’s new album by offering you a FREE DOWNLOAD of their song “In The Name Of” off the album. If you like what you hear then be sure to pick up your copy available everywhere now! Enjoy!
What’s the 2.0 version of Citizen Way? That’s the question lead singer and songwriter Ben Calhoun found himself fielding after the band’s debut album Love is the Evidence gained them a devoted following and produced radio hits like “How Sweet The Sound” and “Should’ve Been Me.”
Calhoun heard the question so often, he decided to name the group’s highly-anticipated sophomore album just that, 2.0.
“Everyone kept asking, ‘What’s the next record going to be? What’s the 2.0 version? What does it sound like?’ That kind of stuck.” Calhoun says. “This is what it sounds like. This is who we are. This is the new and improved Citizen Way.”
The result is an 11-track record sporting pop-rock influences, infectious lyrics and a creatively ambitious new sound from the trio, composed of Ben and Josh Calhoun and David Blascoe. 2.0 sees the band pushing their artistic boundaries with songs like the funk-inspired “Bulletproof” and the soulful, stripped down ballad “I Will.” It also carries with it a decided level of maturity and vulnerability.
“I wanted to reach that little part in my heart and my soul that I haven’t reached yet, and I wanted to talk about it because it’s there to be explored.”
When Calhoun was just eight years old, the singer remembers seeing the Christian rock group Geoff Moore and the Distance live for the first time and feeling a seed being planted. He hopes Citizen Way can give that experience to the next generation.
“Knowing when we’re on stage and when we’re sharing the Gospel, we do the same thing and the Holy Spirit just waters those seeds and lets them grow just like he did for me, that’s everything,” the singer says.
The group prays their latest offering can meet people where they are, offering encouragement, uplifting their spirit and reminding them of the power of God’s promise.
“My goal is always to put a hook around God’s word and let people sing it,” Calhoun says. “I want people to fall in love with Jesus. If they come singing ‘Bulletproof’ or ‘I Will,’ then great. I just want them to know that the word of Jesus is something worth following and I’m going to spend my life and my energy on it because I believe in it that much.”
This week we are celebrating the release of Citizen Way’s new album 2.0 with a FREE DOWNLOAD of their song “On My Side.” Not only are we offering a free download but we are also giving a couple of lucky readers a chance to WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF 2.0. Want to be entered to win? All you have to do is leave a comment below with the song you’re most excited to hear off the album. Good luck!