TobyMac’s latest project, Hits Deep Live, a beautifully shot concert film and live album of 16 of his biggest songs, releases Friday, Nov. 18. The album and DVD combo is the artist’s first live album in eight years and features his high-energy stage show and band performing some of his biggest songs such as “Steal My Show,” “Made To Love,” “Feel It” and “City On Our Knees.”
Toby’s joined onstage by special guests, including Hollyn on the danceable”Backseat Driver” and “Funky Jesus Music,” Colton Dixon on the worshipful “Undeniable,” Britt Nicole on the rock-fueled “Eye On It” and a special video performance from his longtime collaborators Michael Tait and Kevin Max on the hard-driving “Love Feels Like.”
This Is Not a Test, the American Music Award’s winner latest LP, continues to have an unstoppable year earning a GRAMMY® Award, a Billboard Music Award nod, a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and two back-to-back No. 1 hits at Christian radio, “Backseat Driver” and “Move (Keep Walkin’)” with tour dates across Europe, Canada and the U.S. According to Pollstar, TobyMac’s Hits Deep Tour was the top Christian tour of 2016 and ranked among the top 35 tours in the world.The production on Hits Deep Live is impressive, with brilliant colors and visuals in high definition showcasing the energized songs. As it is among TobyMac’s catalog, the music is power-packed yet and polished. Putting it all on film, however, takes it to another level, providing a bird’s eye view of one of the more electrifying performers in Christian music today. Today’s viewers want bigger, better and sharper and Hits Deep Live delivers on all ends and is truly a showstopper.
Prior to the Gospel Music Dove Awards, I chatted with Toby about the new album, the tour, his legacy and desire to share the spotlight with up-and-coming artists.