Christian music pioneer TobyMac received his ninth solo career GRAMMY nomination last week, already coming off of winning the "Artist of the Year" (Dove Awards).
The nomination is for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for single "Speak Life." The song has been at No. 1 for three weeks on the AC Indicator was written Billboard 200 No. 1 record and last year's GRAMMY winning, EYE ON IT.
According to a press release TobyMac will release a music video for "Speak Life" in January 2014.
TobyMac has been touring on his "Hits Deep Tour" with friends Chris August, Colton Dixon, Jamie Grace, Brandon Heath, Mandisa and Capital Kings for the last few months. The second leg of the tour begins February 2014, TobyMac will go out on the road once again for the second leg of the "Hits Deep Tour." The 2014 line-up will include Brandon Heath, Matt Maher, Mandisa, Matthew West and Capital Kings.
"Hits Deep Tour" 2014
2/13 Sioux Falls, SD
2/14 Minneapolis, MN
2/15 Duluth, MN
2/16 Fargo, ND
2/18 Missoula, MT
2/19 Kennewick, WA
2/21 Abbotsford, BC
2/22 Kent, WA
2/23 Portland, OR
2/24 Sacramento, CA
2/25 San Jose, CA
2/28 Phoenix, AZ
3/1 Los Angeles, CA
3/2 San Jose, CA
In addition to winning his second Dove Award for Artist of the Year, TobyMac won awards for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year for his hit album Eye On It as well as Short Form Video of the Year for the music video "Eye On It" featuring Britt Nicole.
TobyMac now has 38 Dove Awards and six Grammys between his time in DC Talk and as a solo artist.
"Writing songs that connect with people's lives is my heart. I always want to push musical boundaries but a song offering someone hope or understanding in struggle is my creative bulls eye. I am honored to be called 'Artist of the Year' and can only hope that it's an indication that my songs are hitting that mark," he said in a press release.
TobyMac began his career in 1987 with DC Talk along with Newsboys current vocalist, Michael Tait, and Audio Adrenaline current vocalist Kevin Max. Together, these three were among the most successful gospel acts of all time, making albums that mixed genres such as hip-hop, soul, and gospel. They later on experimented with grunge, alternative, and contemporary music until their hiatus in 2000.
"I think music is what you choose to make it. You can bring any message you want in music, and everyone is bringing some message in music. There's something being said whether it's love people well, or whether it's be angry, and I think it's natural to me to choose to tell people about Jesus with my music because that's the most important thing to me," he told CP about doing Christian music.