Publisher: First concert - TobyMac

By BRIAN WHITMORE/Publisher
 
My daughter, Lydia, 8, attended her first concert last week – TobyMac in Greenville.
 
The family had a blast.
 
TobyMac (Toby McKeehan) is a Christian hip-hop artist. With Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith, DC Talk was formed in 1987. TobyMac has been turning out hits ever since and now is a driving force behind new Christian acts, like Hollyn.
TobyMac could be Christian Entertainer of the Year, every year. He puts on a high-energy show, which could easily rank among the top Pop acts.
 
In October of 2019, tragedy struck, as TobyMac lost his 21-year-old son, Truett, who was starting a solo career of his own. His father wrote “21 Years” as a tribute to his son.
 
Losing a child, could have put anyone on the shelf or sideline for good, but TobyMac continues to serve the Lord. His concerts focus on God. In 2012 he released “Steal My Show,” which asks God to take the spotlight at his shows.
 
TobyMac has charted 20 solo Christian Billboard hits. Everybody has their favorite.
 
Lydia’s new favorite is “Hello Future.” The light show was spectacular.
Well, hello future
Goodbye yesterday
Your grass is greener
Than anywhere I've lived
You turn these troubled eyes
To watchin' all my troubles wash away
Hello, future (hey)
We gon' be okay
 
My wife, Jane, loves “I just need U.”
When I'm up when I'm down (uh, huh)
When the wolves come around (tell me)
When my feet hit the ground
I just need, I just need You
On my darkest days (uh, huh)
When I'm losing faith (tell me)
No, it ain't gon' change
I just need, I just need You
Lord, I need You
Yeah, I just need You
 
And my favorite, “Speak Life.”
Lift your head a little higher
Spread the love like fire
Hope will fall like rain
When you speak life with the words you say
Raise your thoughts a little higher
Use your words to inspire
Joy will fall like rain when you speak life with the things you say
 
Lydia’s first two albums were TobyMac’s The Elements and Newsboys’ “United.” Granted Mom and Dad have a big influence over her music now, although she’s not as big on country and bluegrass as Daddy. Still, with MTV basically becoming a sex channel, it’s good we have Christian acts to turn to.
 
You have to hunt for the Christian artists on YouTube, but that’s OK. They are accessible.
 
All in all, a great first concert for Lydia. Tauren Wells and We Are Messengers also performed and were great.
 
The concert was a little different with masks and social distancing pods, lots of seats in between people. That just gave Lydia more room to dance. Bon Secours sold out, well at least the limited allotment of tickets, and that was on a Wednesday night.
 
People getting saved and believers getting revived is the best part of a Christian concert. Praise Jesus!
 
Brian Whitmore is the publisher of The Chronicle. 

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