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Chart-topping Christian rock group headlines Breakthrough Tour at Sondheim Sunday

Apr 03, 2018

The Breakthrough Tour featuring Unspoken and Citizen Way hits the Sondheim center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the only Iowa stop on a 24-city tour.

With their current hit “Miracle” climbing the Christian music charts and several No. 1 and top 10 singles, Unspoken headlines the Breakthrough Tour with their hits, “The Cure,” “Good Fight,” “Who You Are,” “Start a Fire,” and “Call it Grace” for an night of music sponsored by ChildFund International.

“The opportunity to have current hitmakers in Christian pop and rock on our stage doesn’t happen on a regular basis when you are in small-town Iowa so when the band’s management contacts us, we get creative to make it work,” said Rustin Lippincott, director of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. “Music of redemption and encouragement is universal regardless of your religion so we are excited to add this to the list of variety that we work so hard to put forth in our programming.”

“I don’t think we ever expected we were going to reach as many people as we’ve been able to reach,” said Unspoken frontman Chad Matson. “The fact we’ve been able to speak into millions of people’s lives is crazy. Thinking back 13 years to when I was dealing with drugs and alcohol in a very serious way, to think I would one day have a wife and kids and a solid family and home life and then be playing music for a living — God is surely able to do more than we ask or imagine. Something we’ve often said to each other in the last few months is ‘Look what the Lord has done.’ He’s just opened doors we didn’t think could be opened.”

When you ask the guys in Unspoken what it is that their audience most connect with, they’ll bring it down to a single word. It’s a word that doesn’t have much to do with the unapologetically soulful pop sound they’ve built of skilled musicianship, adventurous production and complex vocal harmonies.

It has little to do with the international influences of the band (guitarist Mike Gomez hails from the Dominican Republic and drummer Ariel Munoz is from Puerto Rico). It isn’t a quality that’s anchored in the success of their first Centricity Music album which sold more than 100,000 physical copies and spawned four top 10 singles and a No. 1 as well. And it’s not even a byproduct of their recent success as a headlining act, or their pick for a slot (alongside David Crowder and Steven Curtis Chapman) on the 2016 K-Love Christmas Tour.

The strong bond that seems to turn Unspoken listeners into fans as it turns out, isn’t primarily about the music at all. Instead it’s about their willingness to take the stage together night after night and to put their hearts and lives on display with a raw and engaging honesty. In a word, the band says, the connection is about transparency.

“People just relate better to somebody who has been broken and redeemed than to someone who pretends to have it all together,” said Matson. “What we say from the stage and what we say in our songs, they’re not stories from somebody we heard about. Our songs are written out of places we’ve been and places we are.”

Joining Unspoken on the Breakthrough Tour is Citizen Way. The band’s debut album Love is the Evidence gained them a devoted following and produced radio hits like “How Sweet the Sound” and “Should’ve Been Me.” Their songs include No. 1 hit from last summer, “Bulletproof” and “I Will,” “When I’m With You.” They have a new album, Citizen Way 2.0.

Tickets are $25 for VIP which includes artist Q&A, early access and premium seating, $20 for general admission and $16 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center ticket office, 472-2787 and www.FairfieldACC.com.

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