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About 25 years ago, my best friend Suzanne and I drove to Lancaster, PA to see the Newsboys and DC Talk in concert. I was a huge DC Talk fan. (If you ask me today, I’ll tell you that I like almost any music except rap music. However, if you put in an old DC Talk album, you’ll probably find me rapping along!)
It’s been fun to follow the journeys of those 3 young men who made up DC Talk. After DC Talk, Kevin Max went on to a solo career and then served as the lead singer of Audio Adrenaline for a few years. Michael Tait also pursued a solo career before becoming the lead singer for the Newsboys. And, of course, Toby McKeehan took the stage name TobyMac and has been making music ever since.
Recently I was offered the opportunity to preview his latest CD – “This Is Not A Test”.
This Is Not A Test (Deluxe Edition) Songs:
- Like a Match
- Backseat Driver (featuring Hollyn & TRU)
- This Is Not a Test (featuring Capital Kings)
- Lights Shine Bright (featuring Hollyn)
- Til the Day I Die (featuring NF)
- Feel It (featuring Mr. Talkbox)
- Move (Keep Walkin’)
- Love Broke Thru
- Beyond Me
- Love Feels Like (featuring dc Talk)
- Lift You Up (featuring Ryan Stevenson)
- Beyond Me (Phenomenon Remix)
- Like a Match (Garcia’s Remix)
ALBUM RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 7th!
Toby McKeehan(known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman. Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music. While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk. Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001. Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight (2010), and Eye On It (2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008). This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released. Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and – perhaps most relevant of all – the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going. “It’s the truth,” he says. “I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart. I believe God can use a song to open someone’s mind and heart.”
Heidi Says . . .
The DC Talk fan in me was SUPER excited to see a song on this album “featuring DC talk”! And it’s a fun song too! (A little birdy told me there is a reunion album in the future – that would be fun!)
There are a lot of collaborations on this album, which I always think is a neat addition to an album. Other than DC Talk, I’m not familiar with any of the other artists, but I really enjoyed the songs.
As you would expect from Toby, all the songs on this album are super catchy. I’ve only been able to listen to it a few times so far, but the songs definitely make me “bee-bop” at my computer and there are some of them that I’m already finding myself singing along to! I love that!
I love the title track and Light a Match. Oh, who am I kidding? I pretty much love the whole thing.
And, truth be told, I’m pretty amazed that Toby still sounds and acts like a kid! (I saw him a few years ago at Winter Jam.)
Click on the links below to read, hear, and SEE more about TobyMac and “This Is Not a Test.”
- OFFICIAL WEBSITE
- YOUTUBE CHANNEL – Includes a 3 part video series for the song Feel It (see link on the Feel It giveaway below)
- FEEL IT GIVEAWAY (Feel It will be the 2nd single released from the new album.)
I’ve got one copy of this cd up for grabs! Simply retweet the following tweet for your chance to win! I’ll select a winner on Friday, August 14th.
***This post made possible by FlyBy Promotions and Capitol CMG Label Group / ForeFront Records. ***