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TobyMac discusses writing music about his faith and performing at the Greeley Stampede’s first Family & Faith night

Kelly Ragan
kragan@greeleytribune.com

TobyMac performs at the Stampede’s first Family & Faith night.

TobyMac doesn't set out to write Christian worship music. Instead, he writes about what he's going through in his own life.

Sometimes that means he writes about the struggle to be a man of his word or do the right thing, or sometimes that means he writes about beautiful relationships with people.

That kind of honesty can be difficult. His songs reflect times in his life when he feels he's on track and times when he feels he's failed. But those honest songs are the ones that resonate with people, he said.

"I think it's relieving to put all your junk out there," TobyMac said in a phone interview. "It might be intimidating or daunting at first, but it ultimately becomes a therapy."

TobyMac will perform at the Greeley Stampede's first ever Faith & Family Night on Sunday. The concert will offer a family-oriented opportunity to enjoy music, said Trent Johnson, night show chairman with the Stampede.

TobyMac said he's excited to be part of the first Faith & Family night. He hopes folks leave the show wanting to love people well and love God a little more passionately, he said. That's what his music is all about.

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TobyMac fuses rock, pop and soul while incorporating nods to hip hop. It's a sound that stands out against other contemporary Christian music because it can be edgier and has bigger beats, he said.

He's been in the music business for more than 20 years, but he works to create contemporary material.

He likes the challenge of creating new material, he said. It's a way for him to connect with people by sharing his own stories and help people in his own way.

He goes to hospitals to visit kids when they're going through cancer treatments, he said. They'll tell him his music is in their headphones and encouraging them even through hard times. Other fans will tell him a song of his came on the radio and they made a better decision for their life.

Those are the moments that have kept him going.

"There are so many jobs that can offer people so much," TobyMac said. "I think about how doctors help people. Music is a passion of mine. When you watch a song affect someone's life in such a special way, it's like some sort of medicine for their soul."

— Kelly Ragan writes features and covers health for The Greeley Tribune. Have a tip? Want to share your story? Call (970) 392-4424, email kragan@greeleytribune.com or connect on Twitter @kelly_raygun.

Family & Faith night at the Greeley Stampede

What: TobyMac will perform at the Greeley Stampede’s first ever Faith & Family night.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Island Grove Arena, 600 14th Ave.

Cost: Tickets for the Faith & Family Night featuring TobyMac are now on sale for $30 & $40. Guests can “Stampede Size” the SuperStars Concert Package by adding the TobyMac concert for a discounted rate of only $20 or $30 (price depends on ticket location and must be purchased at time of order to receive discount).

For more information or to buy tickets, go to http://www.greeleystampede.org/ or call (970) 356-7787.

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