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TobyMac coming to Puyallup Fair Sept. 13

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
March 14, 2012 1:29 pm

TobyMac
Christian Music Performer TobyMac will play the Puyallup Fair on September 13. Tickets go on sale on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Now a solo artist, TobyMac’s career first took off as one of three founding members of dc Talk. His hit songs include “City On Our Knees,” “Made to Love,” “Lose My Soul,” and “Gone.”

TobyMac will perform in a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets can be found on the Fair website, www.thefair.com/concerts or by phone 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. To save the convenience charges, purchase tickets in person at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center box office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Ticket prices are $50 for Golden Circle, $40, $30 and $25. All seats are reserved and include Fair gate admission.

From the press release:

TobyMac is no stranger to success in the Christian music world. He first gained fame as one of three founding members of popular group, dcTalk, receiving four Grammy Awards and selling more than eight million albums. Since he launched his successful solo career, he has released four studio albums: Momentum (2001), Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight (2010), as well as two remixed albums of the first two albums titled Re: Mix Momentum and Renovating Diverse City, respectively. He also has a full-length Christmas album Christmas in Diverse City (2011).

TobyMac has had six No. 1 hit CHR singles, including “Gone,” “Made to Love,” and “Lose My Soul.” His live concert CD+DVD combo album, Alive and Transported was released in 2008 and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. Between dcTalk and his own solo career, he has sold more than 10 million albums.

He has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and received one Grammy. He has also been nominated for 11 Dove Awards, becoming “Artist of the Year” in 2008, and his song, “City On Our Knees” brought him Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year in 2010. Since he started his solo career, he has two gold albums and widespread critical acclaim.

With over eight million career scans, album Portable Sounds was certified gold by the RIAA, and has the distinction of having the highest solo debut ever on the Billboard Top 200 chart, debuting at No. 10. It also hit No. 1 on SoundScan’s “Contemporary Christian Overall” chart in its first week.

Kevin Michael “Toby” McKeehan was born and raised in Virginia. His older brother nicknamed him Toby since he was born in October. While attending Liberty University at Lynchburg, VA in the mid-1980s, he met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith, and the three friends formed the highly influential Christian pop group, dcTalk, which mixed elements of gospel, grunge and hip hop into an immensely successful hybrid. He stayed with the band throughout its run, from 1989 – 2000.

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