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"We love performing," Dave Frey says simply and you get the impression that is the simple truth. "But we also love the people we perform for," he adds, injecting a layer of complexity to the equation.
"One of the first things we ever did as a band was to lead worship at chapel in college," Dave's music colleague, Ben McDonald interjects. "That was the connect point for us.
Integrating worship with real life - that is one of the simple truths Sidewalk Prophets has learned to live by.
The two friends had no idea what was in store for them when their paths crossed at Anderson University eight years ago, but one listen to their hugely anticipated major label debut, These Simple Truths, confirms the band's undeniable talent. The fact that they have been on the road for 150+ dates per year for the past half-decade and show no signs of slowing down attests to their tenacious work ethic. But while there are tons of bands with talent and tenacity who never progress beyond the garage, Sidewalk Prophets insist it is the ever-present hand of the Lord that has lifted them to the next level of their career.
Ben points to a demo he and Dave recorded while they were still in college that found its way, unbeknown to them, into a local campus recording contest.
Giving them a shot to perform, their winning show put them on the radar of radio program directors and record labels. A chance encounter with Audio Adrenaline's Will McGinniss evolved into an opportunity for Dave to sing on the stage with Audio A in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Some cynics might chalk up these events to luck. Sidewalk Prophets view them as divine appointments.
Then again, leaving family and friends to live on the road for half of each year, sleeping in the janitor's closet at some venues, and making due with beans and cornbread while constantly honing their triplet calling of songwriting, performing, and ministering to the kind of kids that never got picked first for kickball sounds like the 'tenacious work ethic' needed to capitalize on those 'divine appointments.' While the Prophets don't discount the value of approaching every show with the utmost professionalism, they are much more interested in the ministry value they will leave behind.
"There was always a prevalent hope," Ben says as the two friends relate stories from the road. There was the show where they played to an audience of three. And then there was the opportunity to join with dozens of their musical heroes on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium. There were all those times leading worship at church camps, and that special time in Germany serving at a missionary retreat. And the kids who feel left out, who relate to Sidewalk Prophets because they don't fit the 'rock star' mold. "That's where our heart is, reaching out to those kids and letting them know they do matter," Dave insists.
"It literally took stepping out on a ledge to get us where we are today," Dave declares. "We moved to Nashville with nothing but an EP and a determination to play anywhere and everywhere we could. It was not safety that we were looking for, but i'd be lying if I said there weren't nights when I would lie awake and wonder what God was up to."
A chance, or divine, encounter with a label exec led to an impromptu showcase at a local school, and the rest, as they say, is history or perhaps history in the making.
With three major studio albums, five #1 hits, and eight top 5 songs under their belt Sidewalk Prophets has solidified their place among the elite artists in Christian music.
The band has undergone some changes while preparing for their fourth studio release (due in 2019). In 2016 Ben stepped off of stage but continues to be a driving force behind the bands songwriting, creativity and success. In his new roll, he now serves as the manager for the band.
The excitement level is high, and the trajectory remains upward for this Indiana native band.
Authentically sharing Christ. Creatively inspiring Hope. Joyfully making everyone feel like someone.