The BREAKTHROUGH TOUR featuring UNSPOKEN and CITIZEN WAY hits the Sondheim Theater, Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
With their current hit "Miracle" climbing the Christian music charts, UNSPOKEN leads the BREAKTHROUGH TOUR with their hits, "The Cure," "Good Fight," "Who You Are," "Start a Fire," and "Call it Grace" for an incredible night of music, sponsored by ChildFund International. Joining the BREAKTHROUGH TOUR is CITIZEN WAY and their number one hit from last summer, "Bulletproof" and songs, "I Will," "When I'm With You," "How Sweet the Sound," and "Should Have Been Me," as well as their new album, Citizen Way 2.0.
When you ask the guys in Unspoken what it is that their audience most connect with, they'll bring it down to a single word. It's a word that doesn't have much to do with the unapologetically soulful pop sound they've built of skilled musicianship, adventurous production and complex vocal harmonies. It has little to do with the international influences of the band (guitarist Mike Gomez hails from the Dominican Republic and drummer Ariel Munoz is from Puerto Rico). It isn't a quality that's anchored in the success of their first Centricity Music album which sold more than 100,000 physical copies and spawned four top ten singles and a number one as well. And it's not even a byproduct of their recent success as a headlining act, or their pick for a slot (alongside David Crowder and Steven Curtis Chapman) on the 2016 K-Love Christmas Tour.
The strong bond that seems to turn Unspoken listeners into fans as it turns out, isn't primarily about the music at all. Instead it's about their willingness to take the stage together night after night and to put their hearts and lives on display with a raw and engaging honesty. In a word, the band says, the connection is about transparency.
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."