Tonight (TobyMac album)

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Studio album by TobyMac
Released February 9, 2010 (2010-02-09)
Recorded 2009–10
Genre Christian rock, pop, rap rock
Length 47:40
Label ForeFront
Producer Toby McKeehan, Christopher Stevens, Jamie Moore, David Wyatt
TobyMac chronology
Alive and Transported
Christmas in Diverse City
Singles from Tonight
  1. "City on Our Knees"
    Released: August 14, 2009
  2. "Get Back Up"
    Released: January 26, 2010
  3. "Hold On"
    Released: October 19, 2010
  4. "Tonight"
    Released: March 21, 2011
  5. "Start Somewhere"
    Released: October 10, 2011
  6. "Changed Forever"
    Released: October 10, 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christianity Today 4/5 stars[2]
The Washington Post unfavorable[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[4]

Tonight is the fourth full-length solo album by Christian hip hop artist TobyMac. It is the follow-up album to his 2007 release Portable Sounds, and was released on February 9, 2010.[5] The Deluxe Version of the album will contain a DVD containing interviews with Toby about the songs on the record, the making of this record and an inside look at the Diverse City Band.[6] The album debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, selling 79,000 units in its first week.[7] As of early November 2010, the album has sold over 315,000 copies.[8]


When asked about the album by Toby had the following to say about the emotions that went into producing it; "The recording process means a lot to me, and I don't approach what I do haphazardly. I have a lot of passion when it comes to my records. I don't know if it's good or bad, but there's this range of emotions that come with making a record. Music is something that can actually open people’s minds to who God is. Music will never change the world, but God can choose to use music, and that's what I count on. I want my songs to be said in a way that anyone can relate to them. I want them to move people's lives forward; move people toward God, and if I'm accomplishing that, whether or not anyone loves this record, as long as I feel like that is what I’m doing, then I feel like my job is done."[6]


"City on Our Knees" was released as the lead single from the album on August 14, 2009. It peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart.

On January 26, 2010, "Get Back Up" was released as the album's second single. The song also peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart. He donated 100% of his artist royalties from first week sales of the single to relief efforts for Haiti after the earthquake that devastated the country.[9]

The third single from the album, "Hold On", was released on October 19, 2010.

"Tonight" was released as the fourth single on March 21, 2011.[10] It was used as the theme for MLB Network's spring training team preview show, 30 Clubs in 30 Days, as well as being used in a commercial for America's Got Talent.[citation needed] A music video for the song was released on February 8, 2010.[11]

Both "Start Somewhere" and "Changed Forever" impacted Christian radio as the fifth and sixth singles from the album on October 10, 2011.[12]

Other songs[edit]

"Showstopper" was used as a part of the NFL Thursday Night Football promotional material, and the 2009 World Series.[13] It also has been the official theme song for the WWE Fatal 4-Way Pay-Per View event, and the song was also promoted for ESPY's Best US Male Olympian.[citation needed] "Showstopper" and "Funky Jesus Music" were both premiered at the Winter Wonder Slam 09 Tour.


The album won a Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards. The songs "Get Back Up", "Tonight" and "Showstopper" were also nominated.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[15]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Tonight" (featuring John Cooper) Toby McKeehan, Christopher Stevens, Cary Barlowe McKeehan, Stevens 4:19
2. "Get Back Up" McKeehan, Barlowe, Jamie Moore, Aaron Rice McKeehan, Stevens 3:14
3. "Funky Jesus Music" (featuring Beckah Shae and Siti Monroe) McKeehan, Dave Wyatt, Brian Haley, Byron Chambers McKeehan, Wyatt 3:19
4. "City on Our Knees" McKeehan, Moore, Barlowe McKeehan, Moore 4:26
5. "ShowStopper" McKeehan, Stevens McKeehan, Stevens 2:50
6. "Changed Forever" (featuring Nirva Ready) McKeehan, Stevens McKeehan, Stevens 3:36
7. "Hold On" McKeehan, Barlowe, Jesse Frasure McKeehan, Stevens 4:00
8. "LoudNClear" (TruDog 10) McKeehan, Stevens McKeehan, Stevens 1:34
9. "Hey Devil" McKeehan, Tim Rosenau, Stevens McKeehan, Stevens 3:15
10. "Wonderin'" (featuring Matthew Thiessen) McKeehan, Stevens McKeehan, Stevens 3:40
11. "Captured" McKeehan, Rosenau, Stevens McKeehan, Stevens 3:37
12. "Start Somewhere" McKeehan, Moore, Stevens McKeehan, Stevens 3:36
13. "Break Open the Sky" (featuring Israel Houghton) McKeehan, Mark Stuart, Ed Cash McKeehan, Stevens 4:21
Total length: 45:49


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  • Toby McKeehan - vocals, programming
  • Christopher Stevens - guitars, programming, keys, drums, background vocals
  • David Wyatt - programming, keys
  • Cary Barlowe - guitars, acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Tim Rosenau - guitars, trumpet
  • Jesse Frasure - programming, keys, background vocals
  • Brian Haley - drums
  • Justin York - guitars
  • Tony Lucido - bass
  • Byron "Mr.Talkbox" Chambers - talkbox
  • Jamie Moore - programming
  • Wendell Henry - drums
  • John Cooper - background vocals on "Tonight"
  • Paul Moak - electric guitar
  • Michael Ripoll - guitars
  • Mike Payne - guitar, banjo, electric guitar
  • Israel Houghton - background vocals on "Break Open the Sky"
  • Taylor Stevens - piano
  • Adam Nitti - bass
  • DJ Maj - dj
  • Sammy Sylvester - bass, electric guitar
  • Leif Shires - trumpet
  • Craig Swift - saxophone
  • Kenn Hughes - trombone
  • Nirva Dorsaint-Ready - background vocals
  • Gabriel Patillo - background vocals
  • Jason Eskridge - background vocals
  • Siti Monroe - background vocals
  • Matthew Thiessen - background vocals on "Wonderin'"
  • Ayiesha Woods - background vocals
  • Jovaun Woods - background vocals


Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard 200[19] 6
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[20] 6
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[21] 1
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[22] 3


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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