Dad of Divas' Reviews: CD Review - Tobymac - Christmas in Diverse City

Monday, October 31, 2011

CD Review - Tobymac - Christmas in Diverse City

About the CD

Throughout the course of his extensive career, five-time GRAMMY ® award-winning artist TobyMac has yet to release a Christmas record. This week, that changed as the multi-platinum selling artist released Christmas in Diverse City (Forefront Records) Christmas in Diverse City is available wherever music is sold, including iTunesAmazon MP3,Family Christian StoresLifeWayParable, and Mardel.

The unique project showcases TobyMac at his best-mixing pop, rock, soul, hip-hop and urban flavors into irresistible songs with a distinctive Christmas spirit. Featuring memorable collaborations with the industry’s finest such as Owl City, Sixpence None the Richer’s Leigh Nash and rising star Jamie Grace, the album's track listing also spotlights performances and songs from TobyMac’s long-time touring band, Diverse City.
“I just tried to think outside the box,” commented TobyMac on the creative process behind the project. “It’s difficult at first to imagine some of these songs with a modern beat, but I think Christmas is about celebration and come on, on the inside everyone wants to dance. It has a bit of everything- six songs are my artistry: an eclectic blend of Christmas classics and originals. The other seven tracks are my amazing band’s (Diverse City) individual artistic efforts. I love it.”
Christmas in Diverse City also features the No. 1 radio hit "Christmas This Year," which was released as a single track last year and features the talents of Leigh Nash.

In addition to his holiday release, this fall TobyMac will embark on a tour unlike any he has done before. TobyMac will get personal with his fans and reveal a different side of his music on “UNPLUGGED A Night of Stories and Songs” tour. Joined by special guest Jamie Grace for this “storyteller’s night,” TobyMac will open up about the inspiration behind the songs of his 10 year solo career and more.  See full list of tour dates below.
For more information on TobyMacChristmas in Diverse City and “UNPLUGGED A Night of Stories and Songs” tour, please visit

Christmas in Diverse City Track Listing:
1) Christmas This Year (Featuring Leigh Nash)- TobyMac
TobyMac2) The First Noel (Featuring Owl City)- TobyMac
3) Mary’s Boy Child (Featuring Jamie Grace)- TobyMac
4) O Come All Ye Faithful-TobyMac
5) Little Drummer Boy-TobyMac
6) This Christmas (Father of the Fatherless)-TobyMac
7) Carol of the Kings (Featuring Gabe Real & Liquid) –Maj
8) Birthoflove-Superherose
9) What Child Is This? - Arch Nemesiz 
10) It Snowed- Tim Rosenau
11) Angels We Have Heard on High- Nirva Ready
12) Santa’s Comin’ Back ‘Round- Toddie Funk
13) ChristmasTime- Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers
TobyMac“UNPLUGGED A Night of Stories and Songs” Tour Dates:
Nov. 3 – Huntsville, Alabama
Nov. 4 – Marietta, Georgia
Nov. 5 – Fayetteville, Georgia
Nov. 6 – Columbus, Indiana
Nov.10 – Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Nov.11 – Fayetteville, North Carolina
Nov.12 – Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov.13 – Evansville, Indiana
Nov.17 – Dothan, Alabama
Nov.18 – Tallahassee, Florida
Nov.19 – Aiken, South Carolina
Nov.20 – Mobile, AL

My Take on the CD
Tobymac has created a Christmas CD like no other CD I have listened to.

He used many familiar songs and included some new Christmas songs. The songs are upbeat and often have a rap rhythm to them. The arrangements are creatively done with excellent vocalists and instrumental support.
My favorite song on this CD was the arrangement of ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH. This traditional song was done beautifully with a different twist to it.

If you are looking for a Christmas CD that has a different flair and very contemporary, I am confident you will find this one by Tobymac a good inclusion to your collection.

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