Christian music band Citizen Way just announced their highly-anticipated sophomore album, 2.0, will be available March 11.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting new music from the group since their 2013 debut, Love Is The Evidence, which produced radio hits such as “How Sweet The Sound,” “Should’ve Been Me,” “Nothing Ever” and “Evidence.” Tireless road warriors, Citizen Way has toured with MercyMe, Big Daddy Weave and Sanctus Real among others. 2.0 is the byproduct of the change, growth and transitions the band has since experienced.
“Sharing this record with a friend is an easy way to share the gospel,” Citizen Way members shared. “These songs are anthems for reigniting your faith in Jesus by equipping you with His Word. We pray that it moves you to walk with Him in a new way. This record sounds best when you sing along loudly!”
Fans can get a taste of what to expect from the album with the first single “When I’m With You” already on almost 40 stations, including K-LOVE, SiriusXM, WCSG in Grand Rapids and KJNW in Kansas City.
“‘When I’m With You’ for me is the song about how I coped with the miscarriage of our son Jeremiah,” lead singer Ben Calhoun shared. “Psalm 34:18 says ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’ I am living proof that that verse is absolutely true. Jesus met us where we were, and He hurt and healed with us. I know He will use this song to do the same for you.”
Citizen Way is currently out on The Rock & Worship Roadshow alongside Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa and more. The tour will run through March, hitting almost 30 cities across the US.
2.0 Track Listing
3. When I’m With You
4. I Will
7. Set It On Fire
8. On My Side
9. Just Hold On
10. All My Cares
Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys celebrated a career defining moment this week, picking up 64 adds at Christian radio for their single “We Believe” off of Restart. This is the biggest add week ever in the band’s history, who already boast an impressive track record with 16 albums, five RIAA Gold certifications, 30 No. 1 radio hits and over 8 million units sold over their multi-decade career, including nearly 1 million records since Michael Tait joined the band. This strong radio exposure also led to a major spike in digital track sales for the single, which is featured on the Restart album, the band’s third studio album with Tait as lead.
“We are beyond excited to see radio’s enthusiasm with our new single,” remarked Tait. “This song is a testament and a definite creed for what we as Christians believe; Our hope and eternal salvation! There is nothing more igniting than to watch from our stage nightly, as listeners hold fast to these beliefs along with their families and friends!”
As the Newsboys wind down the final dates of their headlining slot on the internationally top-ranked Winter Jam 2014 Tour spectacular, the band is now gearing up for their headlining “We Believe Tour,” which will hit select cities this April and May. Keeping to tradition for the tour heavy veterans, the Newsboys will hit several music festivals and international dates over the summer. For more information and tickets, visit http://newsboys.com/tour/.
Fuzed Worship, a progressive worship band formed out of Joyce Meyer Ministries to unite and inspire a generation of young people to serve Christ and demonstrate His love, releases its highly anticipated By Your Blood EP today with distribution through Central South Distribution, Inc. and Joyce Meyer Ministries. Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning Tedd T (Newsboys, Mutemath, Rebecca St. James), the band’s third recording emphasizes a life centered around worship, passion for the work of the cross and all that Christ has done.
I grew up on popular music– I did not grow up on Christian music. It wasn’t until college, when my InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff worker, Dale Young, put a pile of Christian music CDs on a table and told us to take whatever we wanted that I first really, truly heard “Christian music.” Sure, I heard and sang songs in church before that, and I did know a band named the Newsboys and a country girl named Amy Grant existed, but “Rebecca St. James,” with her declarative “Here I Am” CD, was something new for me!
Fast forward to 2012, and Christian music is past its peak– somewhere in the mid-1990s, Christian music was all the rage within Christian churchgoing circles, but then the world changed– Obama got elected, everyone got free downloads of songs instead of buying “old-fashioned” CDs, and CCM magazine went from print to digital only…and right now, people are STILL having the conversation in their youth groups and around their dinner tables: “Is that band Christian?” Or a variation: “I ONLY listen to CHRISTIAN music.” Well, Blimey Cow has made a GREAT video about this whole subject, and you’re welcome to leave a comment after watching it: