This week, I’m talking with Ben McDonald of the band Sidewalk Prophets in my first ever live recording with an audience at Lifest music festival in Osh Kosh, WI. With three major studio albums, five #1 hits, and eight top 5 songs under their belt, Sidewalk Prophets has solidified their place among the elite artists in Christian music. As a founding member, Ben has been one of the leading songwriters and guitar players in the band. We are discussing how to handle the hardships and successes of getting a band off the ground as well and the ever-changing involvement Ben has in the band as he has recently stepped off the stage but continues to be a driving force behind the band’s songwriting, creativity and success as the band’s manager. Plus, we talk about the importance of being resilient in this industry to be successful.
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In this episode we talk about:
*You have to write a lot of bad songs to find the good ones.
*The importance of choosing a band name.
*When starting out, play where you can as much as you can.
*It’s a long term commitment.
*How to contact artists to play your venue.
*Working your way up the rung in the industry.
*When things are hard, you can choose to quit or choose to go forward.
*Practice your craft.
*Write with people who are better than you.
*Learn how to take criticism.
Sidewalk Prophets is more than just music, and more than just entertainment we are family. The band has a strong desire to make everyone feel loved and valued and the goal of this new on-line store is to make sure each person feels special. Dave Frey and Ben McDonald had no idea what was in store for them when their paths crossed at Anderson University years ago, but one listen to their hugely anticipated major label debut, These Simple Truths, confirms the band’s undeniable talent. The fact that they have been on the road for 150+ dates per year for the years and show no signs of slowing down attests to their tenacious work ethic.
But while there are tons of bands with talent and tenacity who never progress beyond the garage, Sidewalk Prophets insist it is the ever-present hand of the Lord that has lifted them to the next level of their career.
With three major studio albums, five #1 hits, and eight top 5 songs under their belt Sidewalk Prophets has solidified their place among the elite artists in Christian music. Their goal is simple: Authentically sharing Christ. Creatively inspiring Hope. Joyfully making everyone feel like someone.