Somehow, he said, the group manages to work in everything from Legos to Darth Vader and Chuck Norris.
“We want to have a good time, a fun time, but always bringing it back to worshiping Christ and giving glory to God,” said Frey, the lead singer and guitarist for the Nashville, Tenn.-based band. “We pour our heart into it.”
The Sidewalk Prophets will perform at Grace Baptist Church in Evans on Friday.
The concert will feature songs from the group’s latest album, Live Like That, which was released in March. Their previous album, These Simple Truths, helped the group win the 2010 Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.
Everything about the new album, from the title track to the themes woven throughout many of the songs, “hopefully reflects our hearts,” Frey said. “The entire album is about trying to live how Christ lived. It’s really hard to do. This was a perfect man. He came and laid down his life for us.”
Hebrews 12:1 inspired much of Live Like That, Frey said. The verse reads, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Sidewalk Prophets knows something about perseverance. The group, formed in 2003, has toured in a 15-passenger van.
In January, Sidewalk Prophets fans raised $60,000 on Kickstarter, a popular Web site that allows people to invest money in creative projects and start-ups. The group used the money for a touring bus.
“We’re blessed because of our fans. We actually get to sleep before we sing now,” Frey said. “It’s tough being on the road so much and being away from family, but we’re getting to do what we’ve always dreamed of. We’re blessed to be able to sing and travel the country and do what we do.”
After concerts, Sidewalk Prophets members sign autographs for an hour or more.
“We try to stay until the last person leaves,” Frey said. “We hope they realize God loves them. Hopefully, as we grow as a band, we don’t lose track of that. It always comes back to sharing the love of Jesus.”