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Toby Mac excels at making Christian music with pop elements

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The veteran musician releases his first single in 5 years.

When I’m up when I’m down
When the wolves come around
When my feet hit the ground
I just need, I just need You

Seven-time Grammy winner Toby Mac dropped this single earlier this year. His first release in five years, “I Just Need U” was an all around success, reaching number 1 on the Christian Music charts, and its music video hit 17 on YouTube.

The tune was originally meant for the band Finding Favour, but they decided it didn’t suit their sound and offered it to Mac, who turned it into a hit. He explained to Billboard that he chose the song based on the lyrics and the meaning he found in them:

“I thought about [it] and began plowing through my feelings. The world tricks us into thinking certain things will fulfill us, [but] time and again I end up hungry. But when I look to my faith, I begin to find a permanent fulfillment.”

The multi-platinum selling artist has not been idle in the last five years. He has been organizing the HITS DEEP Tour, which gathers Christian artists to play in a traveling festival annually. This year, the concert series will feature Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson and Finding Favour.

As for how it feels to be back in the studio, Mac says on his website:

“It feels so great to be back in the studio again working passionately on songs that will hopefully meet people right where they are. ‘I Just Need U’ is where I land time and again after my futile attempts to handle life on my own. I AM a born defector learning every day that the sweetest place and the only RIGHT place for me, is turning back and falling into the arms of a loving God.”

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