If you listen to contemporary Christian music at all, chances are you've heard of TobyMac. His unique sound is hard to miss...and hard not to love too!
I first fell in love with TobyMac as a teenager at church camp. Before each worship service, they would always have some sort of music playing- Christian rock, Christian Hip Hop...you name it, we heard it. On this day, a song came on that I had to stop and listen to:
Hush little baby baby don't you cry
Daddy's gonna sing you a lullaby
Everything's gonna be alright
The Lord's gonna answer your prayer tonight
Now, I tend to like a pretty broad variety of music- oldies, pop, rock, country... pretty much everything. Except rap or hip hop. Typically speaking, I could not stand it. And yet here was this song that I found myself having to know more about. That song was Irene by TobyMac.
Once I returned home from camp, I had to go out and buy the album. Given the style of music, I thought I'd probably only ever listen to that one song, but I had to have it. Imagine my surprise when I realized I loved every single song! I even introduced his music to some of my friends who didn't typically listen to Christian music and found that they too were loving it. This is NOT your grandma's gospel music! The music and performances were amazing, and the lyrics and messages behind them were even better.
At almost 28 years old, I am STILL a TobyMac fan. Throughout the years, he has continued to impress with his catchy songs and touching lyrics. I always recommend his music first to those looking to get their preteens and teenagers into Christian music, but he really does have music that the whole family can enjoy! Needless to say, I could not wait for the chance to experience his 6th studio album, 'This Is Not a Test'.
Six albums later, and he's still rocking!! Rather you are a longtime TobyMac fan or just being introduced, this album will not disappoint.I enjoyed every song, but there were certainly a few that stuck out to me. First up, if you're one who likes to hear a familiar tune, you might recognize the first single from the album, Beyond Me. This song has a great message and is one I have come to enjoy listening to on KLove! The true 'Jesus Freaks' will love the inclusion of DCTalk on Love Feels Like. I love the beautiful messages behind by Move (Keep Walkin') and Love Broke Thru. And you cannot help but get up and move when Feel It (the next single to be released) comes on. (Check out this link to listen and find out how you can win #FeelIt merchandise in the Feel It Giveaway!)
I've said before that when it comes to Christian music, I feel like there are two different groups that I enjoy. Those songs with beautiful words that make me want to stop and listen and just enjoy the quietness...and those songs that lift your spirit and make you want to celebrate. This album certainly fits into the second group! I love it, and I truly hope you all will too!
This Is Not A Test will be available on August 7, but you can preorder now on iTunes and receive 4 songs instantly!!
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