“I was living for a dead man.” That’s what Deacon Zach Bolen realized one day at age 14 when he visited his dad’s grave. It was a profound moment, and one in which God met him and totally changed his life—and his music. Today, Zach leads Citizens, a band from our U-District church whose new EP, “Already / Not Yet,” comes out today, May 8.
In this clip, Zach explains how the band approaches song-writing and arranging: we are in the midst of a war, but one that’s already been won, so we can sing songs celebrating this victory that we have in Christ. “It’s really created this unique battle cry and just every song is just literally shouting these praises to God,” says Zach.
The clip finishes with Zach and Citizens leading a U-District evening service in the song “In Tenderness”—and you can see that he wasn’t kidding about the shouting part.
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