Varying musicians find common ground in Citizen 5 

Sculpting crossover appeal isn't an easy task, but Citizen 5 is doing just that under the leadership of keyboardist Ricardo Sasaki. He reached the mainstream in Latin America in the Nineties with the Bolivian band Octavia and since has established his own recording studio in Norman.

Not wasting any time, Citizen 5 started recording almost as soon as they formed in spring 2006. Now the group is celebrating its first full-length album with a CD release party at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dan McGuinness Pub, 1003 S.W. 19th in Moore. Admission is $5.

INFLUENCES
"We have five different backgrounds in music," Sasaki said, noting influences from heavy metal, Colombian and Bolivian pop, alternative rock and country. "We've been in different bands in the past, so I think everyone is at that stage where we are beyond egos."

They met somewhere in the middle, with distinct pop structures that are guitar-driven, but readily accessible to mainstream radio audiences. The band is fronted by steamy country crooner Jimmilea Manley, who stashes away her Nashville drawl for a more sculpted Lilith Fair delivery that could find a home on a "Grey's Anatomy" soundtrack.

"We were all sick of being in bands where no one cared and it fell apart," guitarist Scott Sunderman said. "There might be fights, but in the end, Ricardo has the final say, so there isn't the same bickering. We all want to be successful, that's the bottom line." "Charles Martin

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