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Friday, August 7, 2015

Music Review + Giveaway: This Is Not a Test by TobyMac

Official Website: http://tobymac.com/

Toby McKeehan(known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman.  Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music.  While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk.  Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001.  Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight (2010), and Eye On It (2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008).  This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released.  Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and - perhaps most relevant of all - the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going.  "It's the truth," he says.  "I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart.  I believe God can use a song to open someone's mind and heart."   

This Is Not A Test  (Deluxe Edition) Songs: 
1. Like a Match
2. Backseat Driver (featuring Hollyn & TRU)
3. This Is Not a Test (featuring Capital Kings)
4. Lights Shine Bright (featuring Hollyn)
5. Til the Day I Die (featuring NF)
6. Feel It (featuring Mr. Talkbox)
7. Move (Keep Walkin')
8. Love Broke Thru
9. Beyond Me
10. Love Feels Like (featuring dc Talk)
11. Undeniable
12. Lift You Up (featuring Ryan Stevenson)
13. Fall
14. Beyond Me (Phenomenon Remix)
15. Like a Match (Garcia's Remix) 

My rating:
My thoughts:
I'm a huge fan of TobyMac's music and while I've only listened to this album a couple times, I can tell that I really like it! TobyMac's songs always have a unique flare/sound and I don't even know how to describe it, but I like it. I love the songs "Backseat Driver" (featuring TobyMac's son -- Tru [aka TruDog from previous albums]) and "This is Not a Test", but they are all catchy and have good/meaningful lyrics.

All in all, a great album. I recommend it if you like Christian pop and/or hip-hop music. It's really good!

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    HOW DID I NOT KNOW IT :O And how come this is the first time i'm hearing of TobyMac? Unbelievable.

    Naga Sanctuary

  2. I love TobyMac's music as well and have had all his albums at one point! Thanks for the giveaway and glad you liked this one as well as recommended it!

  3. Love many of his songs. They are edgy and fun and make me want to dance!

  4. Hey Melanie,
    Well I was a huge DC Talk fan before they split. I did not fallow TobyMac. If I win this I would give it to my daughter who is a huge TobyMac fan!
    I love way too many DC Talk songs to choose one - Jesus Freak, Into Jesus, Say the Words, just to name a few.

  5. I grew up on D.C. Talk. The first album I got was Nu Thang...They finally hit it really big with Jesus Freak, and then split to be solo after the next album. Their live show was really where it was at, and TobyMac has proved that with his live shows now. I have his first solo album.

  6. I love Toby Mac, I didn't know he had a new CD coming out, that's awesome, I can't wait to hear it!

  7. This is the first time I have heard of TobyMac. I'll definitely be listening to more of his work!!!

  8. I love Toby Mac! I've listened to This Is Not a Test and the song sounds very similar to Tonight.

  9. I have not heard any of TobyMac's music yet. Would love to check him out. Thank you

  10. I love Toby Mac's music! Would love to win this latest CD.

  11. We love his music and have been to a couple of his concerts. His song "Steal My Show" is the ring tone for my husband when he calls me! :-) I think we have all his CDS so far and can't wait to get this one. My daughter has already been listening to Backseat Driver A lot!

  12. Thank you!! I have been a huge TobyMac fan for as long as I can remember.

  13. His song I'm For You is a favorite because it reminds me of my sister.

  14. I listen to KLove Christian radio and Toby's songs are fan favorites!

  15. I love TobyMac. One of my favorite songs is Favorite Song.

  16. Not a huge fan of HipHop Music, but I LOVE TobyMac!! Thanks for the chance to win; this would make a great birthday present for my son who shares my birthday on the 24th!! :-)

  17. I too was a huge DCTalk fan and enjoy TobyMac's music. I think a Steal My Show is my favorite.

  18. I've listened to TobyMac's most recent three albums, and they just keep getting better. I particularly like "Unstoppable" and "Ignition".

  19. I have always loved TobMac's songs. Would love to win this!!!

  20. Yes! I love TobyMac so much!!! I have since dc Talk! I'm not ashamed to say I let out a squeal when I saw the featuring dc Talk song on this album! I can't pick a favorite song because I love them all!


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