DC Talk

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. 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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DC Talk Discography

Albums

FFD 01271 DC Talk DC Talk (Album) ForeFront Records FFD 01271 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CD02982 DC Talk Nu Thang (Album) ForeFront Records CD02982 US 1990 Sell This Version
FFD3002 DC Talk Free At Last (Album) ForeFront Records FFD3002 USA & Canada 1992 Sell This Version
7243 8 25140 2 2, FFD5140 DC Talk Jesus Freak (Album) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records 7243 8 25140 2 2, FFD5140 US 1995 Sell This Version
G2 7243 8 25100 2 4, FFD5100 DC Talk Free At Last Drum Tracks(CD) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records G2 7243 8 25100 2 4, FFD5100 US 1995 Sell This Version
724382518440 DC Talk Welcome To The Freakshow (Album) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records 724382518440 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
7 2439 72782 2 3 dc Talk Supernatural (Album) ForeFront Records, Virgin 7 2439 72782 2 3 Europe 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DNCS 2163 DCTalk* Jesus Is Just Alright (Single) Dino Music DNCS 2163 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
FFD3017 DC Talk Free At Last Extended Play Remixes (EP) ForeFront Records FFD3017 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8832392 5 DC Talk Jesus Freak (Single, Maxi) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records 7243 8832392 5 US 1995 Sell This Version
7087 6 12213 2 9, DPRO-12213 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
S7-724381956472 DC Talk Just Between You And Me (Maxi, Single) EMI S7-724381956472 US 1995 Sell This Version
FFD5160, G2 7243 8 25160 2 6 dc Talk In The Light - The Single(CD, Maxi) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records FFD5160, G2 7243 8 25160 2 6 USA & Canada 1996 Sell This Version
DPRO-13681, 7087 6 13681 2 3 DC Talk Consume Me (Single) ForeFront Records DPRO-13681, 7087 6 13681 2 3 US 1998 Sell This Version
VUSCDJ 140 DC Talk My Friend (So Long) (Maxi, Single) EMI VUSCDJ 140 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
DPR014954 DC Talk Godsend (Loop Mix)(CD, Single, Promo) ForeFront Records, Virgin DPR014954 US 2000 Sell This Version
FFD 5296, 7243 825296 2 0 dc Talk Solo (EP) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records FFD 5296, 7243 825296 2 0 US 2001 Sell This Version

Compilations

7243 8252742 8 DC Talk Intermission: The Greatest Hits (Comp) ForeFront Records 7243 8252742 8 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
7243 5 93845 2 8, FFD93845 dc Talk* 8 Great Hits(CD, Comp) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records 7243 5 93845 2 8, FFD93845 US 2003 Sell This Version
0946 3 88254 2 5, FFD 88254 DC Talk Greatest Hits(CD, Comp) EMI CMG, ForeFront Records 0946 3 88254 2 5, FFD 88254 UK 2007 Sell This Version
5099923717923 DC Talk Greatest Hits - 12 Songs(CD, Comp) EMI CMG Label Group 5099923717923 US 2008 Sell This Version
5099921380327 DC Talk DC Talk / Nu Thang(CD, Album + CD, Album + Comp) EMI CMG Label Group 5099921380327 US 2008 Sell This Version

Videos

FFDVD24512 dc Talk The Supernatural Experience(DVD-V, RM) ForeFront Records FFDVD24512 USA & Canada 2003 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

DPRO-13642 dc Talk* Rock Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Virgin Records America DPRO-13642 US 1998 Sell This Version
TKD 77957R, 7243 8 77957 0 9 dc Talk Open Mic Karaoke (dc Talk Volume 1)(CD+G) ForeFront Records, ForeFront Records TKD 77957R, 7243 8 77957 0 9 USA & Canada 2003 Sell This Version

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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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