"When somebody has to walk through a desert or storm, they are fighting the elements, fighting things that aren't natural to themselves. Our lives are much the same. We're fighting against these things every day trying to remain true to who we are called to be." - TobyMac
Trusting his instincts and leaning into his faith spurred this veteran artist to make the most personal album of his career with The Elements
. "I let go of worrying about the charts and if I'm od enough - things that come along with the business of artistry," TobyMac says of his new approach. "The most important thing to me now is when I walk into a studio to record a song 'does it make you feel something?' And, is there a reason for it to exist in this world?"
Processing life as an artist, husband and father of five has continually fueled his work and made TobyMac one of the most successful innovators in any genre of music with 7 GRAMMY Awards, 6 Gold Records from his solo career, an American Music award, twice named Artist of the Year at the Dove awards, BMI songwriter of the year and numerous other accolades to his credit. "I just need U.," the lead single from The Elements,
spent 12 weeks at the top of the charts making it the fastest charting single of his career. "I knew it was something fresh for me from a lyrical standpoint," he says. "I knew it was intriguing and said exactly what I wanted to say. There's depth and maturity to it. At some point, you have to look up and say, 'If I'm not offering people some wisdom from the journey I've been on, then I might as well hang up the cleats.' It's my responsibility to offer people wisdom from the road I've traveled. That's what I'm supposed to do. I have depth to offer right now."
For everyone out there in the world braving the elements, TobyMac has served up a musical invitation to stand firm and let go of the worry that can beat a soul down. To find strength and love in his family. "I want to write songs that move people toward each other, out of isolation and into dialog, I want to encourage people to rise up against the elements."
See TobyMac LIVE at the Greeley Stampede on Sunday, June 27th!