TobyMac is a contemporary gospel inspirational artist/musician. He was one of the first Christian rappers and one of the few musicians that combine biblical words with music. He has an interesting life history and family. Read on to find out more about his personal, professional, and family life
Toby Mckeehen was born Kevin Micheal Mckeehen on October 22, 1964, in Fairfax, Virginia and is best known by his stage name which is TobyMac. He attended elementary school at the Prime Ridge Elementary school and in his fourth grade, he attended Luther Jackson Intermediate for some months. He also attended Liberty University, where he met Kevin Max and Micheal Tait. Toby discovered his love for music at an early stage in life especially since he loved listening to everything from rap to hip-hop to rock music.
The artist said he drew his inspiration from Sting, an English songwriter cum singer, whom he happened to see one day leading his band with the song The Police in 1983 and that was how Toby instantly fell in love with music. After he had graduated from high school, he decided to pick up a career in music which was what drove him to start looking for like-minded individuals with whom he could share ideas and start an actual music career.
TobyMac is a Christian and is also a Christian hip-hop recording artist, music producer, songwriter, and author. He was once a member of the Christian vocal trio dubbed DC Talk which he formed with Kevin Max Smith and Micheal Taitin in 1987 while in college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was with them (the group – DC Talk) from 1987 to 2001 when they went on a hiatus. The group produced good music together and released many successful albums. TobyMac decided to start his solo music career when the group went on a break.
His first solo album was released on November 6, 2001, and it was titled Momentum and it was a hit which was a good start for Toby who since then has had about six successful albums. His first live album as a solo artist was titled Alive and Transported. Most of his songs have appeared on both Christian and mainstream media. One of his songs titled Get This Party Started was used in an episode of the television series Roswell. TobyMac was the founder of the music label, Gotee Records which he created with Todd Collins and Joey Elwood and together they produced some good songs.
TobyMac’s career has not been a dull one. He has won awards, including seven Grammies. He won a Grammy in 2009 for Best Rock Gospel Album and in 2011, he won the Top Christian Artist in the Billboard Music award and also won Top Christian Album award. Also in 2002, he won the Favourite Contemporary Inspirational Artist award in the American Music Awards.