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TobyMac's 'Eye on It' Wins DC Talk Alum 'Artist of the Year' at GMA Dove Awards

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By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
October 17, 2013|4:38 pm

TobyMac received the honor of being named "Artist of the Year" the 44th Annual Dove Awards this week. This is his second career win for "Artist of the Year" at the Dove Awards.

He also 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's is currently on a streak of winning at every major award show he has been nominated for this season: Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, Australian Music Awards and the KLOVE Fan Awards.

Last week, TobyMac was nominated for the 2013 American Music Awards in the category of "Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational."

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.

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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.

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