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Citizens Release Second Acoustic Single

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Citizens release their second acoustic single, “when we pray.” The new stripped-back, piano-led version highlights lead singer Zach Bolen’s raw and emotive vocals. Co- written with Canadian singer-songwriter Ben Cantelon, “when we pray” emerged from a conversation expressing thoughts around the phrase “in Jesus’ name.”

With simple honesty, Zach says that his “first instinct was to push against the idea of writing a song with that phrase because of how often it has been used as a cliche, or even worse, as some sort of magical saying.” Yet, the song seeks to bring something new to the conversation around the significance of praying in the name of Jesus. Citizens embrace the tension, encouraging listeners that it’s often in that place of uncertainty that our faith becomes tangible. “Let’s consider what it would look like to spend more time together as a church praying in the name of Jesus for the good of those who don’t dress like us, talk like us, look like us, believe like us, or agree with us,” Zach concludes.

 

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