by Kim Jones
Toby Kevin Michael McKeehan, professionally known as tobyMac, is a 5 time Grammy nominated musician, producer, and songwriter. He was first known for being one-third of the Christian music group dc Talk, staying with them from 1989 until 2000. He has since continued a successful solo career, recently winning Dove Awards Artist of the Year. Read More
Growing up in the VA suburbs adjacent to DC, tobyMac recalls immediately being attracted to the beats, rhymes and production of early rap. "I remember hearing a Kurtis Blow/Trouble Funk song on the radio and going to a local record store, and they didn't have it. Since I couldn't drive yet, I took the Metrorail into downtown DC and found a store that had that song; I bought the Sugarhill Gang's Rappers Delight that day as well. From there, it just caught fire. I fell in love with hip-hop music."
Whether it's as a husband, father, performer, song-writer and producer, businessman or President of Gotee Records, tobyMac has always been a man driven and committed in every area of his life. That has served to make him one of the most successful artists in Christian music history in terms of radio success, sales power and critical acclaim.
tobyMac Dove Awards:
- 2002: Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year – Momentum
- 2002: Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year – "Somebody's Watching"
- 2003: Short Form Music Video of the Year – "Irene"
- 2005: Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year – Welcome to Diverse City
- 2006: Rock Recorded Song of the Year – "The Slam"
- 2008: Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year – Portable Sounds
- 2008: Short Form Music Video of the Year – "Boomin'"
- 2008: Artist of the Year
As a member of dcTalk, Toby won:
- 2001 - Modern Rock Recorded Song of the Year for Dive
- 2000 - Long Form Music Video of the Year for The Supernatural
- 1999 - Special Event Album of the Year for Exodus
- 1998 - Short Form Music Video of the Year for Colored People
- 1997 - Short Form Music Video of the Year for Jesus Freak, Rock Recorded Song of the Year for Like It, Love It, Need It, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for Between You and Me
- 1996 - Rock Recorded Song of the Year for Jesus Freak, Artist of the Year
- 1995 - Rap Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year for Luv is a Verb
- 1994 - Rap Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year for Socially Acceptable, Rock Recorded Song of the Year for Jesus is Just Alright
- 1993 - Rap Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year for Can I Get A Witness?
- 1992 - Long Form Music Video of the Year for Rap, Rock & Soul, Rap Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year for I Love Rap Music
- 1991 - Rap Hip Hop Album of the Year for Nu Thang
dcTalk also won four Grammy's - all for Best Rock Gospel Album - in 1993, 1996, 1997 & 2001.
Learn more about tobyMac by visiting his web site.
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