DC Talk

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Christian (R&B / Rap/ Rock) Gospel Group

DC Talk (styled as dc Talk), was a Christian rap and rock trio. The group was formed in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1987 by Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith. They have released five major studio albums together: DC Talk (1989), Nu Thang (1990), Free at Last (1992), Jesus Freak (1995), and Supernatural (1998). In 2002, the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music called DC Talk "the most popular overtly Christian act of all time."

In 2000, the group released an EP titled Solo which contained two solo songs from each member. Since that time, DC Talk has been on an indefinite hiatus, and the three band members have each led solo careers. They have performed and recorded individual songs together several times during the 2000s, although the group never officially reunited or disbanded.

The group's musical style evolved significantly throughout their career. Their first two releases, DC Talk and Nu Thang, were of the hip hop genre. DC Talk's third album, Free at Last, also mainly took influence from the hip hop style, although their music began taking on a rock sound. The trio's last two albums, Jesus Freak and Supernatural, were predominantly pop rock.
"DC Talk" was a nickname that Toby Michael McKeehan, later "TobyMac", (1964- ), who was born in Falls Church, Virginia, was given for being from the Washington D.C., area, and it also stands for Decent Christian Rap (talk). While attending Liberty University, McKeehan met Michael DeWayne Tait (1966- ), and the two began to perform together. Tait had been featured singing on Jerry Falwell’s The Old Time Gospel Hour and recorded with the Falwell Singers. He also performed solo, what TobyMac later described his "kind of an R&B / church-oriented music."

The two joined forces to record a song that McKeehan had written, "Heavenbound". They performed the song before an audience of 8,000 Liberty students with McKeehan rapping and Tait singing the chorus. The song was well received, selling out the approximately 3,000 copies of their demo tape, Christian Rhymes to a Rhythm. The tape included "Heavenbound" and was distributed by the group in the Washington D.C. area. The group’s demo tape eventually led to a recording contract with Forefront Records in 1988. Kevin Max Smith, later "Kevin Max", (1967- ) came from a campus rock band to join the group, and the trio called themselves "DC Talk and the One Way Crew". The name was later simplified to "DC Talk", which came to stand for "decent Christian talk".
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Albums

FFD5104 DC Talk - DC Talk album art DC Talk DC Talk (Album) ForeFront Records FFD5104 US 1989 Sell This Version
CD02682 DC Talk - Nu Thang album art DC Talk Nu Thang (Album) ForeFront Records CD02682 US 1990 Sell This Version
FFC5100, G4 7243 8 25100 4 8 DC Talk - Free At Last album art DC Talk Free At Last (Album) ForeFront Records FFC5100, G4 7243 8 25100 4 8 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
E1388 DC Talk - Jesus Freak album art DC Talk Jesus Freak (Album) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records E1388 Indonesia 1995 Sell This Version
724382518440 DC Talk - Welcome To The Freakshow album art DC Talk Welcome To The Freakshow (Album) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records 724382518440 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
7243 8 25195 2 2 FFD5195 DC Talk - Supernatural album art DC Talk Supernatural (Album) ForeFront Records, Virgin 7243 8 25195 2 2 FFD5195 US 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CM7 66 DC Talk - Christian Rhymes To A Rhythm album art DC Talk Christian Rhymes To A Rhythm(Cass, Single) Ministries Of Tait And McKeehan CM7 66 USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
SGD 4007 DC Talk - Lean On Me album art DC Talk Lean On Me(CD, Single, Promo) ForeFront Records SGD 4007 US 1993 Sell This Version
DNCS 2163 DC Talk - Jesus Is Just Alright album art DCTalk* Jesus Is Just Alright (Single) Dino Music DNCS 2163 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
FFD3017 DC Talk - Free At Last Extended Play Remixes album art DC Talk Free At Last Extended Play Remixes (EP) ForeFront Records FFD3017 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
7087 6 12213 2 9, DPRO-12213 DC Talk - Colored People album art DC Talk Colored People (Single) Virgin Records America, Inc., Virgin Records America, Inc. 7087 6 12213 2 9, DPRO-12213 US 1995 Sell This Version
DRPO-12218, none DC Talk - Jesus Freak album art DC Talk Jesus Freak (Single, Maxi) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records DRPO-12218, none US 1995 Sell This Version
none DC Talk - In The Light - The Single album art DC Talk In The Light - The Single (Maxi, Single) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records none US 1996 Sell This Version
S7-724381956472 DC Talk - Just Between You And Me album art DC Talk Just Between You And Me (Maxi, Single) EMI S7-724381956472 US 1995 Sell This Version
OPR010790 DC Talk - Limited Edition EP (Freak Show Bonus Disc) album art DC Talk Limited Edition EP (Freak Show Bonus Disc)(CD, EP) ForeFront Records OPR010790 US 1997 Sell This Version
none DC Talk - My Will  album art DC Talk My Will (CD, Advance, Single, Promo) ForeFront Records none US 1998 Sell This Version
DPRO-13541 DC Talk - Into Jesus album art DC Talk Into Jesus(CD, EP, Promo) ForeFront Records DPRO-13541 US 1998 Sell This Version
none DC Talk - My Friend (So Long) album art DC Talk My Friend (So Long) (Maxi, Single) EMI none US 1998 Sell This Version
DPRO14850 DC Talk - Godsend album art DC Talk Godsend (Single) ForeFront Records DPRO14850 US 1999 Sell This Version
DPRO-13681, 7087 6 13681 2 3 DC Talk - Consume Me album art DC Talk Consume Me (Single) ForeFront Records DPRO-13681, 7087 6 13681 2 3 US 1998 Sell This Version
DPRO14531 DC Talk - Wanna Be Loved / Supernatural  album art DC Talk Wanna Be Loved / Supernatural (CD, Single, Promo) ForeFront Records DPRO14531 US 1999 Sell This Version
DPRO15818 DC Talk - Say The Words (Now) album art DC Talk Say The Words (Now)(CD, Single, Promo) ForeFront Records DPRO15818 US 2000 Sell This Version
33061 DC Talk - Solo album art Dc Talk Solo (EP) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records 33061 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version

Compilations

none DC Talk - US ChildShare Radio Special album art Rebecca St. James, Geoff Moore, Audio Adrenaline, DC Talk Rebecca St. James, Geoff Moore, Audio Adrenaline, DC Talk - US ChildShare Radio Special(CD, Comp, Mono, Promo) High Altitude Communications, Compassion International none US 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8252742 8, 8252742 DC Talk - Intermission: The Greatest Hits album art DC Talk Intermission: The Greatest Hits (Comp) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records 7243 8252742 8, 8252742 Europe 2000 Sell This Version

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sailorallen77

sailorallen77

July 21, 2017
dc Talk has been my favorite band of all time for years. Even though my favorite album is still Jesus Freak, I'm still partial to their rap and hip-hop sound of DC Talk, Nu Thang, and Free at Last.
killingtheteratoma

killingtheteratoma

March 28, 2015
jlrake - Please go in the shed so the rest of us can hear this song you speak of here and post it in youtube. Thank you in advance and Godspeed. Blessings to you and yours, my friend in Christ Jesus.
jlrake

jlrake

February 5, 2013
Before their first album, they released an indie cassette single with "Heavenbound," which may be the same version heard on the album and a song released nowhere else to my knowledge, "Always Leaning." I've it somewhere in my storage shed.

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