KAMB Artist Citizens is back with new music in 2022! The Seattle group, formerly known as Citizens and Saints, has been making music since 2011. They got their start as a church worship band. Their lineup has changed a few times over the years, but the musicians currently in the band are Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger, Connor Hedge, Adam Skatula, and Dan Folgado.
Citizens are known for their unique sound, influenced by indie and alternative rock. According to Zach Bolen, who sings and writes for the band, the group likes to experiment with sounds and styles not often found in “church music”: “If you really want to write songs for the church, then don’t write songs just for the church. Just write songs.” The group hopes their music is approachable and allows individuals to meet God wherever they are.
Their newest single, “Everything and More” (written by Zach Bolen, Brian Eichelberger, and Taylor Leonhardt from Mission House) is about experiencing God in new ways.
“Imaginations are crazy, but they give us something to aspire to, and in this case for me, it was expanding the walls that I’ve boxed God into. For me, this song is about my own deeper discovery of God, but I want the listener to hear it through their own perspective.”Zach Bolen
The song is upbeat, with layered sounds, instruments, and lyrics encouraging listeners to think about God’s limitlessness. Watch the music video here:
You can hear “Everything and More” on KAMB. Click here to see a list of all top songs.
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KAMB artist Elle Limebear is the daughter of Martin Smith from the Christian band Delirious?. Elle spent her youth traveling around the world with the band. On these trips, she gained a sense of the Global Church, as she met Christ followers everywhere. She invited the Holy Spirit into her life during one of her dad’s performances at around 13.
After college, she often led worship with her dad at church services and other events. She said, “Singing and leading worship with my dad is my favorite thing. I’ve watched and learned from him since I was a little girl – my whole life he has let me fly.”
Elle is still featured on some of her father’s new songs, including “Our Eyes Are on You,” released in January 2022.
Elle is passionate about making music for the next generation, and presenting the message that we belong to no one but Christ:
“My hope is for my friends that don’t know Jesus to still identify with these songs. That they’re on their party playlists, spreading hope, drawing them into truth, and then seeing it spread out to their friends, colleges, clubs, through their cities and wider.”Elle Limebear
Her newest single, “Rest On Us,” is a cover of a popular worship song written by Brandon Lake, Elyssa Smith, Harvest Bashta, Jonathan Jay, Rebekah White, and Tony Brown. The lyrics ask God to surround believers with His Spirit and to let His Spirit rest on them.
At its release, Elle wrote on her Facebook page:
“He (the Holy Spirit) is alive. Dwelling, helping, guiding, teaching, shaping, working, and pouring the love of God into our hearts. There is nothing to be scared of — May the Holy Spirit rest on you right now, in Jesus’ name! AMEN.”Elle Limebear, Facebook
A New Generation
Elle, her husband Tom, and their baby son live in the UK, where she serves as a youth pastor and worship leader.
She is one of six siblings, but also wants to be an older sister figure to the youth at her church, and to her listeners:
“I want my music to make them feel valued and included. I want them to feel like they have a seat at the table.”Elle Limebear
You can hear her latest song, “Rest On Us” on KAMB. Click here to see a list of all top songs.
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