Fresh off an RIAA Gold certification of “The Words I Would Say,” Dove Award-winning band Sidewalk Prophets returns with a new song, “Smile,” which is available at all streaming services and digital retailers today.
“Our song, ‘Smile,’ is an anthem of joy and a reminder to hold on to God’s promises through thick and thin,” frontman Dave Frey said. “Over the past few years, we’ve been through some pretty awesome experiences, as well as some very terrifying ones. … When you start to pay close attention, you begin to see that how you respond to these experiences is actually a choice. In the tough times, we can either wither away in fear and doubt, or we can go confidently into each new challenge knowing that, when we hold on to Christ and his promises, there is always a reason to smile.”
Frey has seen his share of highs and lows since the band’s last album, the critically acclaimed “Something Different.” He’s felt the high of getting married and experienced the low of loss after the band’s bus broke down, resulting in a catastrophic trailer fire that destroyed the majority of the group’s gear. Whether on a mountaintop or in a valley, Frey and his bandmates have learned to “smile,” even through the pain – a sentiment they share on their new song the lead singer wrote alongside band co-founder and manager Ben McDonald and songwriters Hannah Ellis and Josh Bronleewe.
Sidewalk Prophets will preview “Smile” and other new music on the “These Simple Truths Tour” this fall. On this special acoustic run, the band is celebrating 10 years and a million miles traveled since the release of its debut album featuring the first radio single, the Gold-certified “The Words I Would Say.” The tour kicked off last night in Auburn and will conclude Nov. 10 in Moore, Oklahoma, showcasing intimate stripped-down sets in cities across the country.
As previously announced, the band will also reprise its “Great Big Family Christmas Tour” for a second consecutive year this December. Moreover, later this year they’ll drop “Merry Christmas To You: Great Big Family Edition,” a deluxe version of their original holiday LP that released in 2013.