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6.21.2017

Citizen Føur - "Want you back"

Placed together by Island Records, Carson Boatman, 23, Austin Percario, 21, Conner Boatman, 20, and Josh Levi, 18, don't want to get boxed in by other people's perceptions. They're goofy and professional, diverse and authentic, with killer harmonies and a laid-back vibe that are sure to help them step outside -and change- the boyband model. "I have three other really talented dudes I can rely on", said Austin about his band mates. "We're like a bunch of brothers". For actual brothers Carson and Conner, the sentiment is literal. "It's so cool going through this experience with someone I've known since birth, said Conner. Carson agreed, laughing : "I get to keep tabs on my younger bro". Coming together from Iowa, Texas, Los Angeles, and New York, the banders are as dissimilar as their backgrounds. Carson is an actor and adventure junkie. Austin is an outspoken and spiritual songwriter. Conner loves riding horses, swimming and camping. And Josh is a Texan social media superstar with an "old soul". Austin and Josh were finalists on seasons one and three of The X Factor respectively, with Austin also competing on American Idol. Their influences are diverse too, from Beyoncé and Years and Years to Michael Jackson and Tim McGraw. The sultry vocal stylings on the group's cover of Rihanna's "Needed me" are reminiscent of Usher or Zayn, another major inspiration. "We want to push people's expectations; to be honest and up front about our individuality", said Austin, who is openly gay. Each dude shares Austin's refreshing commitment to inclusivity, highlighting music's unique capability to impact all kinds of people. "We're all excited to see who we can reach both individually and together", said Conner. With robust social media followings, the boys of Citizen Føur certainly know how to reach fans. As a group, they bring out one another's best qualities -from a particular vocal tone to a new level of confidence. Ultimately, they want to shift perceptions, develop connections, and, most of all, make music that means something. And "Want you back" is the title of their début video directed by Chandler Lass.


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