From the moment the doors of the OKC Chesapeake Energy Arena opened, there was a mixture of anticipation and excitement in the air for what was about to be a four-hour show filled with music from the top bands in Christian music.
The evening started around 6:45 with a short set from up-and-coming husband and wife duo Cochran & Co. From there, the night moved quickly and efficiently as We are Messengers, Aaron Cole, Jordan Feliz, Ryan Stevenson and Tauren Wells each took the stage and played to the audience’s delight.
Finally, the moment everyone was waiting for was about to happen. At 9:09 p.m., TobyMac took the stage, but not with a full band playing loud, high-energy music as he has done since the beginning of his career. Instead, he walked on stage solo, with nothing but honesty and a microphone. He was simply there as a dad who had recently lost his son.
On Oct. 23, 2019, the oldest son of TobyMac and his wife Amanda, Truett McKeehan, passed away. Many remember Truett for his frequent appearance as “Trudog” on many of Tobymac’s albums in the early 2000s. In recent years, Truett had stopped using this name as he began creating his own music under the stage name “TRU.”
TobyMac thanked the crowd for their love, prayers and condolences, saying, “God never promised us [that] no suffering, pain or loss would come in this life. But he did promise us that he would never forsake us.”
People responded with shouts of “We love you, Toby!”
This launched what would be an hour and a half show filled with high energy beats and thought-provoking lyrics. Smoke and snow machines rained snow from the ceiling.
The most moving moment of the entire show happened after the fourth song.
“I have a song I wrote not so long ago, and I have a feeling there are people in here who are going through situations like mine, or even worse than mine. So, this song is for you,” TobyMac said.
This led him to play the song he wrote for Truett called “21 years.” This is the power of TobyMac’s music — it’s not about him, it’s about the fans and, most importantly, Jesus Christ.
The Hits Deep Tour comes to the BOK Center in Downtown Tulsa on March 21.
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