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March 13, 2010

Sidewalk Prophets looking for a Dove

Sidewalk Prophets know how to please a crowd when they sing Christian pop at concerts across the nation.

Now, they’d like fans to reciprocate to help the band win a Dove Award.

The group, including Anderson University grads Ben McDonald and Dave Frey, are vying for New Artist of the Year.

Fans can vote — twice — for the New Artist category, by texting or going online. Fans can text DOVE SIDEWALK to 72468 and then go to www.gmclife.com/fanvoting. Voting closes April 20.

The 41st annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards will be presented April 21 in Nashville. The show will air April 25 on GMC. Fans can vote in two categories: artist of the year and new artist of the year.

Sidewalk Prophets has also been nominated for best pop/contemporary album for their debut “These Simple Truths.”

Sidewalk Prophets sing of salvation through Jesus Christ. They take the message seriously but have a lot of fun in concert and through their use of Web site videos and other technology.

The band was started in 2001 by Ben McDonald, of Alma, Mich., and Dave Frey, of Terre Haute, who met at the fourth floor of Smith Hall at Anderson University. The two met began writing songs.

The band moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 2007 and signed its first major record deal with Word/Warner Bros. in 2009.

On Friday, Ben McDonald took a moment to answer questions about the band’s quest.

Q. Sidewalk Prophets effectively use all forms of technology. Do all bands need to do that now in order to stay in touch with fans?

McDonald: “Technology has been an awesome tool for bands. We’ve actually been fortunate enough to spend our entire eight years as a band in a time that social media has become essential.

“From the time we started at Anderson University we’ve been utilizing things like our Web site, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter to keep in touch with fans. For us, it gives us a platform to share our hearts but, more importantly, gives us a portal in which we can actively communicate with friends we have made over the year. The people we meet are what makes being a band worth all the work and having the internet just ensures that we can stay in touch.”

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