Integrity Music’s and Running Club Records’ Citizens has reimagined their GMA Dove nominated album, The Joy of Being, as a live recorded album with today’s release, The Joy of Being Together. The new album features the original tracks as well as six additional tracks from previously released songs recorded live. Celebrating a decade together, Citizens recorded the album in a church near the University of Washington. See the video below for the “Only Jesus Christ” live performance from their colorful and creative recording.
“Ten years ago we all met in Seattle in an old church building near the University of Washington,” recalls Zach Bolen frontman for Citizens. “Now a decade later we’re back in that same place to film and record The Joy of Being Together. A lot has happened since we first met there, namely Citizens forming, but even bigger has been the gift of lifelong friendship. This project is a celebration of being loved by God and being loved by one another. The Joy of Being Together is about living-fully alive in the body of Christ; being known by one another and receiving the benefits and challenges of vulnerability in stride. The pandemic created a physical barrier that made for a lot of time apart so, in a practical sense, this record really is a lot about coming together again to do something we love.”