Frey thinks of himself as 'Just Dave from Indiana'
He's just Dave from Indiana.
David Frey, lead singer for Christian pop-rockers Sidewalk Prophets, has stood on stage in an arena full of thousands of people singing along with a song that he wrote.
A payoff for years of hard work and an early commitment to give a music career a go (exemplified by an early move from Anderson University in Indiana to Nashville), you'd think such a moment would be an opportunity to bask in the glory.
But instead Frey remembers he's "just Dave from Indiana."
"I just think to myself 'How blessed am I?' " Frey told The Beat. "Stuff like that doesn't give me a big head, but reminds me how small I am."
Sidewalk Prophets has scored two giant hits in You Love Me Anyway and, more recently, Live Like That, the title track from the band's second album.
Not bad for a band that started while Frey and guitarist Ben McDonald met playing video games in a college dorm room.
"He said 'I hear you sing' and I told him I'd been in a band before. We just started writing and recording stuff almost right away," Frey recalled.
There was never any question that the band's music would be of a spiritual nature.
"That's always what came out, every song just leaned that way," Frey said.
"We write what's in our hearts. We can't deny it."
The transition from college students to touring band proved to be a circuitous route, one that was almost derailed when it was suggested Frey and McDonald write songs to be recorded by other artists.
"We were poor, so we thought it might be a good idea," Frey said with a chuckle.
He said they were mentored by members of MercyMe, who encouraged Frey and his mates to keep their songs and stick it out as a band.
It turned out to be good advice. Sidewalk Prophets has been on the road pretty much ever since.
"We love getting out there to meet people who are listening to our songs and who, hopefully, God is speaking to through our songs," Frey said.
Which is one of the reasons he loves the Winter Jam format, touring with a bunch of artists at once (this year's lineup includes Toby Mac, Matthew West, Jamie Grace and more) and meeting and "singing in front of huge crowds and seeing what God's doing all over the country."
"We're honored to be a part of it," Frey said.
Sidewalk Prophets will be part of Winter Jam 2013, which stops at the Schottenstein Center Saturday, Jan. 19. Admission is $10 at the door. Visit schottensteincenter.com for more information.