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About Citizen Way
Songs Heard on WGRC: Evidence / Should’ve Been Me / When I’m With You / How Sweet the Sound
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.”
The band recently went through a season of changes. Bass guitarist Ben Blascoe announced his departure from the band as Calhoun and his family made the move from their home base at Judson University in Illinois to Nashville, Tennessee so that the vocalist could focus and invest in the group’s new record. The singer and his wife also experienced devastating loss with the miscarriage of his son, Jeremiah.
Calhoun relied on his music and the band to get him through the tragedy, and from it was born the album’s first single, “When I’m With You.” “I wrote that after we lost Jeremiah,” Calhoun recalls. “So many things are wrapped up in this song. How death brought me closer to life. How losing a son made me love my little girls more when I didn’t know I could.” The lyrics, Anytime, Anywhere, Any heartache/ I’m there/There’s never too much/There’s only grace, describe the singer’s unwavering sense of faith in spite of his family’s incredible loss. “That’s how I feel about God’s word because that’s how it’s always been for me. It feels like I’m not alone in the foxhole. I’m getting shot at, but at least we’re together.” The song is already striking a chord with the band’s fans.
“I’ve been through spiritual warfare where the enemy attacks me because I’m sharing the Gospel with people,” Calhoun says, “But I’m just operating in the way God’s made me. I want others to feel comfortable doing that too.” Calhoun also wanted the album to show fans a more personal, intimate side of himself.
“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.”