Dove Award-winning Christian music 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 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.
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.”
As previously announced, the band will launch the Smile Tour in support of their current radio single in the spring of 2020.