“It’s very exciting to return to Alma. The stories, the life experiences and the people here have played a huge part in what has made Sidewalk Prophets a success.” — Ben McDonald
Sidewalk Prophets, the popular contemporary Christian music band co-founded by Alma native Ben McDonald, will visit mid-Michigan for a concert at Alma College.
The group performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up and youth 18 and under, and free for Alma College faculty, staff and students. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The band’s popular songs, performed nationally on Christian radio, include “These Simple Truths,” “The Words I Would Say” and “Live Like That.” The band has toured with groups such as Tenth Avenue North and Jeremy Camp. The song “You Love Me Anyway” reached #1 on the Billboard Christian Single chart.
The group was founded in 2003 by lead singer Dave Frey and rhythm guitarist McDonald, who were both college students in Indiana at the time.
“It’s very exciting to return to Alma,” says McDonald. “I have a lot of love and pride for the town that I grew up in. I believe that the stories, the life experiences, and the people here have played a huge part in what has made Sidewalk Prophets a success.
“I get excited every time I drive down Superior Street on my way to visit my parents,” he says. “Almost every time I visit, I make a point to drive by the house I grew up in, the neighborhoods I spent time in because these are a places I learned to succeed, the places I learned to fail, and the places that have made me who I am today. Alma is home. It’s a part of me, and it is a part of the story of Sidewalk Prophets.”
The band brings an impressive resume to the show.
The group won the 2010 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. The band’s 2014 single, “Help Me Find It,” was a Billboard Music Awards nominee for best Christian song. The Sidewalk Prophets also have enjoyed more than 11 million views on their YouTube channel.
The concert is supported in part by Central Michigan Youth for Christ.