With three back-to-back RIAA Gold-certified records under his belt, five GRAMMYÂ® Awards, and now his fourth solo GRAMMYÂ® nomination as well, GMAâ€™s 2008 Artist of the Year, TobyMac, will release his fourth studio project, â€œTONIGHTâ€ on February 9th.
â€œTONIGHTâ€ is getting a great head start this fall with TobyMacâ€™s hit single, â€œCity On Our Knees,â€ the fastest charting and selling track in his career. The single has already sold over 133,000 copies and has hit No. 1 on the top 100 Hot Digital Tracks chart as well as on the Billboard Top Singles chart. In addition, it held the No. 1 spot on both the National Christian Audience chart for 9 weeks as well as SoundScanâ€™s Christian Digital Track chart for eleven weeks.
â€œCity On Our Kneesâ€ was fervently embraced at radio with 96 stations adding it to their playlist in the first three weeks, and sped to No.1 on AC Monitored and at CHR, while currently No.3 at AC Indicator.
Produced by TobyMac along with Chris Stevens (Portable Sounds), Jamie Moore (Ayiesha Smith, Stephanie Woods) and Dave Wyatt (a.k.a. â€œD-dub) also his musical director, TobyMac has spent the last two and a half years creating â€œTONIGHT,â€ in a recording process that he doesnâ€™t take lightly:
â€œThe recording process means a lot to me, and I donâ€™t approach what I do haphazardlyâ€ he says. â€œI have a lot of passion when it comes to my records. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s good or bad, but thereâ€™s this range of emotions that come with making a record. Music is something that can actually open peopleâ€™s minds to who God is. Music will never change the world, but God can choose to use music, and thatâ€™s what I count on. I want my songs to be said in a way that anyone can relate to them. I want them to move peopleâ€™s lives forward; move people toward God, and if Iâ€™m accomplishing that, whether or not anyone loves this record, as long as I feel like that is what Iâ€™m doing, then I feel like my job is done.â€
As with previous TobyMac projects, â€œTONIGHTâ€ also features special guest collaborations and a diversity of musical styles. The title track brings in John Cooper of Skillet, while â€œWonderinâ€™â€ features Matthew Thiessen of Relient K, and Nirva Ready belts her vocals on â€œChanged Forever.â€ A true highlight, and one of the most anticipated moments is with TruDog, TobyMacâ€™s 10 year old son Truettâ€™s, full song debut with the track â€œLoudNClear.â€
In an effort to offer only the best variety to TobyMacâ€™s audience, â€œTONIGHTâ€ will be available as a physical CD and in digital form, both of which will feature bonus remixes and behind the scenes video.
TobyMac is currently on the road on his annual Winter Wonder Slam tour and will announce exciting 2010 tour plans soon.
With all three of TobyMacâ€™s solo projects receiving GRAMMYÂ® nominations, his live CD/DVD taking home a GRAMMYÂ® award, and receiving 4 win as a member of legendary group dctalk, the much-celebrated and acclaimed artist is now celebrating his fifth consecutive nomination with his new single, â€œCity On Our Kneesâ€ receiving a nod for Best Gospel song. The track will be included on TobyMacâ€™s February 24th release, â€œTONIGHT,” and has topped the sales and radio charts faster than any of his previous singles, spending 8 weeks at #1 on the Christian Audience Chart.
Each of TobyMacâ€™s studio releases, “Momentum” (2001),”Welcome to Diverse City” (2004), and â€œPortable Sounds (2007),â€ were awarded RIAA Gold Certification, with “Portable Soundsâ€ making his highest solo debut ever on the Billboard Top 200 chart (No. 10), and hitting No. 1 on SoundScanâ€™s Contemporary Christian Overall chart in its first week. Along with sold out tour dates, back-to-back radio hits, being named the GMA Dove Awardâ€™s 2008 Artist of the Year, and R&Râ€™s Christian CHR Artist of the Year in 2007, TobyMac was nominated for a 2007 American Music Award as Favorite Inspirational Artist. His song â€œIgnitionâ€ was also chosen to play during the 2009 Superbowl as The Arizona Cardinals entered the stadium in Tampa, FL.