Sidewalk Prophets

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Sidewalk Prophets
Sidewalk Prophets.jpg
Sidewalk Prophets Performing on The Rock and Worship Roadshow
Background information
Origin Anderson, Indiana, United States
Genres Contemporary Christian music, pop rock, indie rock
Years active 2003-present[1]
Labels Word
  • David Frey
  • Ben McDonald
  • Cal Joslin
  • Justin Nace
  • Daniel Macal

Sidewalk Prophets is a contemporary Christian music band from Nashville, Tennessee. Their album These Simple Truths contained the single "The Words I Would Say", which is also featured on WOW Hits 2010 and WOW Hits 2011. The group has won the 2010 GMA Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.


The band was formed by lead singer Dave Frey and rhythm guitarist Ben McDonald when the two were attending Indiana's Anderson University. A demo they recorded was taken without their knowledge to a campus recording contest, which earned them a performance slot. That, in turn, led to radio program directors and record labels, and a chance encounter with Audio Adrenaline's Will McGinnis gave Dave the chance to sing in front of 20,000. Meeting with a major label exec led to an impromptu showcase at Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna, Tennessee, and a deal with Word Records.[citation needed] It also features lead guitarist Shaun Tomczak, bassist Cal Joslin and drummer Justin Nace. Tomczak left the band in January 2014 to spend time with his family, and Daniel Macal joined the band to take his place.[2] The other past member of the group was guitarist Chris Jordan.

They have toured with Jeremy Camp and Audio Adrenaline on the strength of independent albums, then rode the popularity of their first Word Records release, These Simple Truths, to a Dove Award for Best New Artist and a nomination for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. "The Words I Would Say" reached No. 3, "You Can Have Me" entered the Top 20, a Christmas single, "Hope Was Born This Night", reached the Top 10, and "You Love Me Anyway" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Singles chart.[citation needed] The band has also toured in the Rock and Worship Roadshow with MercyMe and Francesca Battistelli, among others,[citation needed] and received another Dove nomination for Group of the Year in 2011.[citation needed]

Their next album is titled Live Like That and is produced by Ian Eskelin who also produced "The Words I Would Say." The record is also a tribute to the band's fans some of whom were selected through a contest to sing background vocals.[citation needed] The band also solicited photos of people their fans admire, and want to be like, for use on the cover.[citation needed]




Year Single Peak Album
2009 "The Words I Would Say"[3] 3 33 These Simple Truths
2010 "You Can Have Me"[4] 16
"Hope Was Born This Night"[5] 8 Come Now Our King[6]
2011 "You Love Me Anyway"[7] 1 These Simple Truths
2012 "Live Like That"[8] 2 Live Like That
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards and nominations[edit]

GMA Dove Awards
Year Award Result
2010 New Artist of the Year Won
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (These Simple Truths) Nominated
2011 Group of the Year Nominated
2013 Song of the Year ("Live Like That") Nominated[9]


Sidewalk Prophets on Matthew West's Into the Light tour

The Sidewalk Prophets have toured the United States and other countries with many famous acts, including Jeremy Camp, Stellar Kart, and Audio Adrenaline[10] before being signed to Word Records and appeared on the 2010 and 2011 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular sharing the stage alongside Tenth Avenue North, Newsboys, and Third Day.

They also toured on the Rock and Worship Roadshow 2010 with MercyMe, Francesca Battistelli, David Crowder Band, Remedy Drive, Fee, and Family Force 5. In 2013, They toured along with TobyMac and Red in the Winter Jam Spectacular.

The 2013 tour included many dates with Matthew West. The tour concluded on November 18, 2013. Also, on the tour was American Idol alum Jason Castro.


  1. ^ a b c "Sidewalk Prophets". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Sidewalk Prophets Chart History". Billboard magazine. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Yates, Kyle. "SWP YCHM Chart History". Chart History. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ Christian, Songs. "Top Christian Songs". Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Come Now Our King". Christmas EP. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ Yates, Kyle. "SWP YLMA Chart History". 
  8. ^ "Sidewalk Prophets Chart History". Billboard magazine. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ Fryberger, Scott (August 22, 2009). "These Simple Truths review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 

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Preceded by
Tenth Avenue North
GMA's New Artist of the Year
Succeeded by
Chris August