Friday, November 13, 2015

tobyMac at the Theater at Madison Square Garden

DC Talk was the hugely successful rap-rocking Christian equivalent of the Beastie Boys from 1987 to 2001. Between five DC Talk albums and six solo albums, Kevin Michael McKeehan, better known by his stage name tobyMac, has sold more than 10 million albums. His sixth studio album, This Is Not a Test, (stylized as ***This Is Not a Test***) was released on August 7, 2015. Originally from Virginia, tobyMac is presently based in Franklin, Tennessee.

TobyMac and his band, Diverse City, brought their signature mix of pop, rock, hip hop, Latin, and funk to the Theater at Madison Square Garden tonight. Utilizing a video backdrop and a stage that projected into the audience in a T shape, tobyMac opened with a new song, "Til The Day I Die," and finished the electrifying set 20 songs later. Looking and sounding at times like Justin Timberlake, tobyMac rapped, crooned, danced and even prayed to jumping, good-timey pop music. Each of the three opening acts (Hollyn, Colton Dixon and Britt Nicole) joined tobyMac on stage at various points, and one song, "Love Feels Like," reunited tobyMac via lyric video with Michael Tait and Kevin Max of DC Talk. Not only did tobyMac sing well, but each song was built colorfully and intriguingly around a thick and clever arrangement. This performance proved that if tobyMac could ever break through to the mainstream, he would amaze pop, rock and hip hop audiences.

Visit tobyMac at www.tobymac.com.