The band set out to make a record of songs for the church to sing, without music and production overcoming the lyrics. To accomplish this goal, Citizens recorded this project on iPhones acoustically in an empty church. The Joy of Being (Phone Demos) features a collection of songs with lyric, melody and basic instrumentation that anyone could connect with and lead. As worship is moving from the sanctuary to the living room in this quarantine season, songs of substance and simple arrangements are more and more vital.
Citizens will be following up the Phone Demos' release with their own musical interpretations of the songs in September with the studio release of The Joy of Being. For a copy of one of the Phone Demos' videos, you can text Citizens' Zach Bolen directly at 206-488-9089, and you can send back your own phone arrangement of the song.
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