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DC Talk

About DC Talk

DC Talk (stylized as dc Talk) was a hip-hop/rock trio from 1987-2000 founded at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA consisting of Toby McKeehan (tobyMac), Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith. The name “DC Talk” was given to McKeehan for being from the Washington D.C. area. While attending Liberty University, he met Michael Tait, who had performed for college founder Jerry Falwell’s The Old Time Gospel Hour and recorded with the Falwell Singers. Both Toby & Michael started writing music together starting with ‘Heavenbound’. Forefront Records eventually found their mixtape, which led to a contract in 1988. Shortly after, Kevin Max moved from another campus rock band and joined the two. The group had called themselves DC Talk and the One Way Crew, but was then shortened to ‘dc Talk’, for “decent Christian talk”. The trio went on to release five major studio albums, a live album, an EP, and several compilation albums.

In 2000, the band decided to go their separate ways and pursue their solo careers in an event known as “The Intermission,” named after the collaboration album of the same name. Toby kept his stage name tobyMac and is currently active. Michael Tait started his own band, Tait, from 2001-2007, and later replaced Peter Furler as the lead singer of Newsboys in 2009. Kevin Max had a solo career before becoming the lead singer of Audio Adrenaline from 2012-2014. He then left the band to again pursue his solo career. The trio has since collaborated on a few songs and performances since the trio’s breakup but has refrained from being considered active.