When reflecting on the inspiration behind his album This Is Not A Test (August 2015), TobyMac shared "I still dare to believe that God can use a song to awaken someone to love. I still dare to believe that with every song I write and every concert I play."
Toby's life is a testimony to this belief...
After making up one third of the band dc Talk for the better part of ten years, Toby forged ahead with a solo career that’s been equally successful and innovative, thanks to hit singles like “Gone,” “Made to Love,” “Lose My Soul,” "City On Our Knees," "Speak Life" and "Eye On It."
Fusing pop, rock, soul and hip-hop into what he calls a “musical gumbo,” TobyMac’s solo debut, Momentum released in 2001. It featured popular tracks “Extreme Days,” “Get This Party Started” and “Yours,” which were all spotlighted in TV shows and video games.
Then with his 2004 album Welcome to Diverse City, TobyMac upped the creative ante with tracks such as “Burn For You” and “Atmosphere.” Those songs were also used in promos for hit television shows, movies, sports programming and commercials. Welcome to Diverse City received the Dove Award for “Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year.”
Continuing to make music that reflects a blatant focus on faith in God, TobyMac has released several more successful studio albums, two of which are Portable Sounds and Tonight which features the song “City on our Knees.” His single "Steal My Show," off his fifth studio album Eye On It (2012), is a song about giving your life over to God. His son asked about what it meant one day:
“I was putting my five-year-old to bed one night and he said, ‘Daddy, how can you steal a show?’ I said, ‘Well if like four bands play one night and they just kill it, they stole the show,” Toby shares. “So he said, ‘Why would you be asking someone to steal your show?’ and I explained to him, ‘Dad’s asking God to take his show and do something bigger. Dad’s asking God to steal his show.’”
He continues,“No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you have a life, and you can take it and make it yours, or you can give it away to God.”
TobyMac also appears in the DVD and CD Thank You Billy Graham (2012)- a project paying homage to famed preacher Billy Graham. Part of the proceeds from Thank You, Billy Graham will be donated to Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse and Mercy Corps.
When honored at the 55th annual Grammy Awards with the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Eye On It, a visibly emotional Toby said: "As a teenager writing songs, I never imagined winning a GRAMMY," Toby continued. "It is an honor every artist dreams of! I'm truly humbled and so grateful for the amazing talent that surrounds me."
TobyMac took home the award for "Artist of the Year," at the 2013 K-LOVE Fan Awards and was nominated for "Male Artist of the Year," and "Song of the Year" for his single, "Me Without You." In addition, Toby also won the award for "Best Live Show" at the 2014 K-LOVE Fan Awards.
Toby and his wife, Amanda, live in Franklin, Tennessee with their five children.
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