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They were called the most popular Christian music act of all time, and when they announced their hiatus in 2001, they left their fans in a state of shock. The trio of Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait and Kevin Max, together called dcTalk, had bridged the gap between pop, hard rock and rap long before mainstream bands like Linkin Park. Not only were they authentically groundbreaking, they were also tremendously well received — the rarests of species among musical groups. Twenty-eight years after dcTalk formed on the campus of Liberty University, the band continues to cast a longshadow¬†over the contemporary Christian music stars of 2015.


The pop genius: Toby McKeehan

Long before he was known as Christian music’s most prominent pop emcee, Tobymac, Toby McKeehan was just a blue-eyed, blonde-haired kid from Virginia that liked Jesus. McKeehan was also fascinated with hip-hop music (he has cited The Sugarhill Gang and Troublefunk as early influences), particularly the breed of hip-hop/funk born and cultivated in Washington, DC (now known as the “go-go” style)

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