Today’s Night of Joy artist profile focuses on a virtual veteran of the Christian Music industry, Grammy-and-Dove-Award winner TobyMac. From his early days with the group dcTalk to his phenomenal success as a solo artist to the creation of his record label, Gotee Records, Toby has been a major force on the Christian Music scene for more than two decades.
Countless performers cite Toby as an influence on their music and their lives; and with each new record, including his newest smash “Tonight,” he continues a seemingly-endless quest to bring hip-hop, funk and soul to mainstream Christian Music. Together with the DiverseCity band, Toby transitions easily from high-energy hits like “Funky Jesus Music” to soulful ballads like the GMA-Dove-Award-Nominated “City On Our Knees.”
In his non-music life, Toby is an avid golfer and runner. He participates in various charity golf tournaments and has hosted a charity tournament with fellow Christian Music performer Michael W. Smith. Toby and wife Amanda have combined their love of running and their heart for others into an annual charity event where they host fans to pre-event race activities before the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville, with proceeds benefiting the New Hope Academy, a community school in Franklin, TN. This year, “Team TobyMac” raised more than $100,000 for the Academy.
On a break from touring earlier in the year, Toby stopped by the Magic Kingdom and talked with us about what the past year has been like for him and the DiverseCity crew and what fans can expect from their Night of Joy performance.
Toby will be performing at Disney’s Night of Joy on Saturday, Sept. 10. Here’s the rest of the line-up:
- Friday, Sept. 9, 2011: Skillet, newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, Francesca Battistelli, Group 1 Crew, Sidewalk Prophets and Disciple.
- Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011: mercyme, Jars of Clay, Sanctus Real, Kutless, Marvin Sapp, Chris August and Vashawn Mitchell.
Night of Joy is an after-hours event, held Sept. 9 and 10, 2011, at the Magic Kingdom that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists are performing at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom attractions also are available for Night of Joy guests. Tickets are on sale now. One-night tickets are $51.95 plus tax in advance, $59.95 plus tax day of. Two-night tickets are $92.95. Groups of 10 or more can purchase one-night tickets in advance for $46.95 plus tax each and two-night tickets for $87.95. Additional information is available at www.nightofjoy.com.