Band Makes History Gifting Free Album Preview Concert To Fans At Nashville’s Ryman
Dove Award-winning band Sidewalk Prophets knows that sometimes you have to look back before you can move forward. That’s why as they step into a fresh chapter of music, the beloved band is taking time to reflect on all The Things That Got Us Here, the title of their fourth studio album set for a spring arrival on May 22, 2020. Two months prior to the record’s release, fans across the country are invited to experience the gift of an exclusive free album preview and live performance with Sidewalk Prophets at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., on March 22, 2020. Presented by WayFM (www.wayfm.com), the special event marks the first time an artist has gifted fans a free public concert at the iconic venue.
Although the concert is free to all attendees, a ticket is required. Tickets will be released via Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform, which was created specifically to prevent scalpers from reselling tickets. Fans can join the queue starting Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. CST with an official on-sale date of Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. CST. Group tickets are available through the Ryman box office. In addition, fans can also pre-order the new album beginning Jan. 9.
Sidewalk Prophets began writing for The Things That Got Us Here two years ago. The band took a grassroots approach to recording and spent ample time together in the studio demoing songs, experimenting with different sounds and incorporating unusual instruments. They intentionally attempted to capture a sound that was both authentic and organic. “Smile” serves as the record’s lead single, offering the first glimpse of new music. Taking its name from a line in a new song titled “Real To Me,” the album as a whole tackles universal topics
like identity, forgiveness, doubt, worry, comparison, mental health and finding joy in the mundane. Like three-minute love letters to their fans—the Great Big Family—the project’s 13 tracks radiate hope in the midst of life’s peaks and valleys. The band is simply speaking from experience—bringing their most authentic selves to a project that encapsulates all the dots on the map that have connected them to this moment in time.
“You think of all those things that fell apart in life, all the days you had doubts and fears, and the many miles you traveled to get where you think you’re supposed to be going; and you realize that all of that stuff—the good, the bad and the ugly—has brought you to where you are today,” Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey reflects. “It’s really the things that got the band to this point. It’s the things that got our fans to this point right now. When they come to a show that we center around this new album, we hope they realize all the stories in their life have brought them to that very moment and that very night.”
Sidewalk Prophets wraps their 2nd annual “Great Big Family Christmas Tour” this week with a final stop tomorrow night in Glasgow, KY (12/20). Their expanded holiday collection, Merry Christmas To You (Great Big Family Edition), is available now. As previously announced, the band will launch the “Smile Tour” in support of their current radio single in the spring of 2020.
For more information and all tour dates, visit www.sidewalkprophets.com.
The Things That Got Us Here Track Listing:
3. Where Forgiveness Is
4. Real To Me
5. Don’t You Think It’s Time
6. I Believe It Now
7. You Were There
8. Let Go Your Troubles
9. There’s A Way
10. Thank You Jesus
11. Don’t Sweat It
12. The Comment Section
13. The Light
About Sidewalk Prophets:
With a career spanning three major label studio releases—These Simple Truths (2009), Live Like That (2012) and Something Different (2015), plus 2013’s celebrated holiday offering, Merry Christmas To You—and multiple hits, including Gold-certified “The Words I Would Say,” “You Love Me Anyway” and “Live Like That,” among others, Sidewalk Prophets remains a mainstay at Christian radio. The Dove Award-winning band has sold more than 740,000 albums and 1.8 million digital tracks. In addition, the group has garnered five No. 1 songs, nine Top 5 radio singles and more than 39 million views on YouTube. The band originally formed at Indiana’s Anderson University, and since signing with Curb | Word Entertainment, they’ve been nominated for a Billboard Music Award, multiple K-LOVE Fan Awards and four Dove Awards, taking home the New Artist of the Year Dove in 2010. Over the course of their career, they’ve played for more than 2.5 million fans, and counting. Known for spending more days on the road than anywhere else, Sidewalk Prophets’ most recent tours have morphed into interactive experiences for their fans, whom they affectionally call “The Great Big Family.” The band is set to headline Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for the first time on Mar. 22, 2020, previewing new music from their highly-anticipated album, The Things That Got Us Here, bowing May 22, 2020.