TobyMac Gives Update on DC Talk Reunion, Jesus Freak Cruise 2017

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Tobymac holds the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for "This Is Not A Test" during the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016. |

Christian pioneer TobyMac addressed the highly anticipated upcoming dc Talk reunion and the Jesus Freak cruise next summer during Sunday's K-LOVE Fan Awards.

While Backstage in the media room of the 2016 K-LOVE Fan Awards, TobyMac talked about the reunion he and his former dc Talk bandmates Michael Tait and Kevin Max announced last month.

Sixteen years after the band dc Talk revolutionized the Christian market with their groundbreaking album Jesus Freak in 1995, the trio announced an upcoming a performance next year on the Jesus Freak Cruise to the Bahamas.

"The only thing we've done so far is we've said, yes," Toby is heard saying in a SnapChat video posted by the K-LOVE Fan Awards. "We texted each other, 'Would you do it?' 'Yeah' 'Would you do it?' 'Yeah'. OK, cool we going to do this!"

The "Lights Shine Bright" singer admitted that they haven't even thought everything through yet.

The members of dc Talk started a frenzy when they hinted at a reunion in a series of videos posted on their website in May that led many fans to believe the announcement would be about a new group album release and nationwide tour.

In statement shared with The Christian Post, dc Talk revealed that for now the reunion is going to be a cruise. "This is a give back that we wanted to do — we wanted it to be intimate and special. More intimate than an arena tour could ever be. It embraces what we are doing and what we did. We are excited about both. Who knows what the future holds," the statement noted.

The July 2017 cruise will include performances by the Grammy Award winning dc Talk — Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait and Kevin Max — along with the Diverse City Band, Newsboys, Kevin Max, Finding Favour, Capital Kings, Ryan Stevenson and Hollyn.

The rap/rock/pop trio with McKeehan, now commonly known as Christian pop solo artist TobyMac, Tait, lead singer of Christian contemporary band Newsboys, and Max, the former lead singer of Christian rock group Audio Adrenaline, have all led successful music careers after dc Talk went in hiatus in the early 2000s.

In an interview with Jesus freak Hideout in 2014, Tait spoke about the possibility of a dc Talk reunion and revealed that he and TobyMac have discussed it at length.

"It's gonna happen. ... Sooner or later? I'm not sure" he told JFH. "Toby and I have been talking, we talk about it pretty in-depth."

DC Talk is an acronym for "Decent Christian Talk." The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music named them "the most popular overtly Christian act of all time."

Fans who are interested in joining the cruise can purchase tickets here.

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