Citizen Way at the K-LOVE Fan Awards

Citizen Way performed at the K-LOVE Fan Awards this year.  Many of you friends have been asking about the experience and asking for photos… well today is finally the day!  Sorry for the hold up 😉

Josh, my mom, and I devoted the whole week to Nashville exploits.  The first couple of days we all paraded aroud together but before long Josh got busy with various K-LOVE Fan Awards related activities so my mom and I continued the fun just the two of us (for the full week of fun in photos and story CLICK HERE).

Time flew and suddenly we were standing outside the Ryman Auditorium.  The guys were immediately sent down the red carpet.  Though wives are welcome to walk down it was recommended we let the guys fly solo to better enhance the two sets of brothers dynamic.  So Alison and I skirted up the sidelines and waited for them at the end.  They guys were naturals – easy talkers with ready smiles.  I was a grinning fool at the back just gushing over with pride for my hardworking and completely adorable husband.  I watched as they were dragged through all the interview lines; they never missed a beat even though microphones were continuously shoved in their faces and cameras and lights constantly lingered overhead (Josh was featured on a video, CLICK HERE to see it).

I finally got to lace fingers with my hubs again and we slowly filed inside to find our seats.  We, and all the artists and their peeps, were seated on the main floor of the auditorium while all the fans packed the balcony seats – there were 1,200 seats filled by the artists, label representatives, managers, and the artists various family members and the remaining 1,800 seats were filled by all the fans.

The festivities started with a hoppin’ performance put on by Toby Mac and then the Duck Dynasty stars took the stage as our emcee’s for the evening.  The ceremony was a sort of rotation going from Ducky Dynasty, to award presenters, to interviews, to videos, to live performances and on.

Citizen Way‘s performance slot was near the beginning of the evening.  I have never been so proud in my whole life as when I watched my starry-eyed husband take the stage.  There was a moment in the show when he backed away from his microphone just to listen as the whole audience sang along – I can’t imagine how incredible it would be to not only see that load of fans but also his favorite artists singing along to their song.

Other moments in the ceremony that stand out are when For King and Country had a party on stage as they ran around crashing cymbals and jumping off pianos, when Natalie Grant brought Kari Jobe on stage with her and rocked our hearts out in worship, when K-LOVE presented an award to the brother of a crippled little girl for loving on his sister with such devotion (CLICK HERE for a highlight about that), and when they closed the night by bringing all the artists on stage to lead us in worship.

After all four hours of visual and emotional stimulation my belly was so empty my strapless dress threatened to fall down, my feet so sore I couldn’t feel my toes, and I was simply ready to crumple up and sleep but the night wasn’t over, we still had an after party to attend to.  The after party was a mingling event for the artists where there was food and live jazz music.  We made it long enough to satiate our hunger and meet a few more of Josh’s musician friends but then we snuck out and made for our sheets.

Below are some photos from Citizen Way‘s sound check at the Ryman and I included the collection of images I grabbed with my iPhone of the actual awards ceremony too.

What was one of the proudest moments in your life?

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Citizen Way at Christ Community Church

Last week Citizen Way played for Christ Community Church‘s senior graduation party.  All the students came clad in fancy gowns escorted by various family members.  They spent an hour enjoying hors d’oeuvres and jazz music.  Then they were ushered into this auditorium for a graduation speech and the Citizen Way concert.

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Citizen Way at Cup O’ Joy

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Cup O’ Joy, Green Bay, WI

Citizen Way held their second CD release party at Cup O’ Joy in Green Bay, Wisconsin last week.  Their first one was held at Judson University the day of the release and their third one, for the Chicagoland area, will be held tomorrow at Harvest Bible Chapel in Naperville.  If you don’t have the album yet you need to buy it (CLICK HERE if you’re on the hunt).

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for these guys as they rose in popularity insanely fast.  They just got of a national tour with Big Daddy Weave, Chris August, and MIKESCHAIR.  For the summer they get to spend a little more time at home with “one offs” beckoning them out for a show here and a festival there.

Anyway, back to last week, Citizen Way piled in their new van and made out for Green Bay.  The venue piled over with people!  This is was the first show they performed their whole album and boy did they knock it out of the park!  Such a cool venue with such sweet and loving people.

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Citizen Way: we had a single released today

Last night we did not sleep well.  Just when I have the lights out and I’m snuggled in and just about drifted off to wonderful dreamy land my eyelids start glowing a bluish white.  I pop them open and find Josh working on creating a Facebook post for their single release today.

At 5 am I wake up to yet another bluish white haze interfering with my black eyelids.  I pop them open to find Josh sitting at my desk on the laptop again.  And now that I mention it, I’m not sure what he was doing that time.

At 8:30 am I wake up and stroll out to the kitchen for some peanut butter toast and coffee when I discover, from Josh, that so many encouraging friends have already added the song into their collection.

30 minutes later he states they are at the 40 something place on the iTunes Christian charts.

30 minutes later he states they are at the 30 something place on the iTunes Christian charts.

30 minutes later he states they are crossing the 30 threshold.

30 minutes later he states they are officially across the 30 threshold and I ask if he will get anything else done today.  He said he might not.

30 minutes ago he got home from teaching some guitar lessons and I find out they are teetering on spot 26, competing with Jamie Grace’s “Hold Me.”

This is what marked the progress in our day today.  And now he’s making us some banana bread.