All the way from Lynchburg, Virginia, Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith formed the group DC Talk. The first gospel act to incorporate hip-hop influences (though the trio rarely departs from standard pop/rock), DC Talk became one of the most popular groups in Christian contemporary music during the mid-‘90s.
With hit albums such as DC Talk, Nu Thang, Free at Last, Jesus Freak and Supernatural, they received a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 2002. DC Talk’s music has span across the genres of rap, hip hop, rock and even, pop rock. Since 2000, McKeehan, Tait and Smith have taken on solo careers although, they have performed together through the 2000s without being officially reunited.
The group is notable for its stances against racism (as evidenced by “Colored People”, the second track of Jesus Freak), as well as the uncompromising Christian message in its music. “We’re very open about our Christian faith,” says McKeehan, “but when we make our records we want to create a musical experience that anyone can immerse themselves in.”
In 1998, the group began the E.R.A.C.E. Foundation to combat racism. The foundation was started after four years of discussion and planning with manager Dan Pitts and Gotee Records President, Joey Elwood. The primary aim of the foundation is to educate and equip America’s youth with “an understanding of the importance of interracial unity”. The foundation works on healing historically divided groups and healing rifts within the society.
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