Toby Mac, "Tonight" (Forefront)
Release Date: February 9, 2010
From his early days with groundbreaking rap/rock trio dc Talk to his Grammy-winning solo career, tobyMac has long been one of the Christian music community's most innovative artists. Winner of the Gospel Music Assn.'s 2008 Dove Award for artist of the year, he has also seen all three of his solo albums certified gold. Fans are already preordering his new set, "Tonight." Lead single "City on Our Knees" is nominated for a Grammy for best gospel song and has sold more than 133,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, hitting No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart. Never one to rush the creative process, tobyMac has been working on the new release with co-producers Chris Stevens, Jamie Moore and Dave Wyatt for two-and-a-half years. "I try to write records that take a snapshot of what I'm living, the things that I'm struggling with, whether it be my relationship with God or my relationship with friends," he says. "It's not about putting a neat little bow on everything." "Tonight" features a guest appearance from Skillet frontman John Cooper on the title track as well as collaborations with Israel Houghton and Relient K's Matt Thiessen. "Matt is on a song called 'Wonderin'," he says. "It's sort of reminiscing about dcTalk." The release will include bonus remixes and behind-the-scenes video. "Musically it's still that same big pot of gumbo-what I call hip-rock, funk and soul," says tobyMac, who has recruited 12 young directors to create clips for the new tunes.