dc TalkBack to Top
One of the most influential and groundbreaking acts in Christian music, dc Talk officially got its start in the late ‘80s when Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait and Kevin Max met at Liberty University.
Before dc Talk (which stands for “decent Christian talk”) was dc Talk, however, Toby and Michael began performing together while Michael also worked as a singer for Jerry Falwell’s “The Old Time Gospel Hour.” Meanwhile, Kevin Max was playing in another band altogether.
Sensing something special whenever they collaborated, Toby and Michael eventually began writing new material with their peers in mind. Instead of merely serving up Gospel music as usual, they wrote songs with a distinct urban/hip-hop flavor.
After writing “Heavenbound,” which would eventually serve as dc Talk’s introduction to the music scene, the group eventually recorded a demo and recruited Kevin, a powerhouse vocalist, to round out their sound.
A record deal and a move to Nashville would soon follow. Once dc Talk’s self-titled debut album released in 1989, the buzz about the band’s diverse sound, not to mention its faith-filled message (a rarity in hip-hop music), was significant. A mere year later, the hullabaloo continued with the release of Nu Thang, which featured significant social commentary on everything from racism to abortion to the best way of dealing with parent/child conflicts.
As it turns out, that was only the proverbial tip of the iceberg success-wise. In 1992, the album that’s often considered one of Christian music’s best of all time, Free At Last, was released. Securing a gig on “The Tonight Show,” a first for a Christian artist, the album produced six Christian radio hits including “In the Light” and “Jesus is Just Alright.”
A documentary-style film was made of the “Free At Last” tour and a buzz worthy new single was used for the movie’s trailer: “Jesus Freak.” The grunge rock sound of “Jesus Freak” quickly became a favorite of Christian music fans. When the album by the same name released in 1995, dc Talk achieved another first for Christian music, the highest spot (#16) on the Billboard 200 chart.
“Jesus Freak” also broke new ground when it was the first non-adult contemporary song to win “Song of the Year” at the annual Dove Awards. The song was also played on a few mainstream stations, a phenomenon that would eventually help dc Talk cross over into pop music.
Three years after the Jesus Freak album, the band released Supernatural. Not only did it debut at #4 on the Billboard charts, a new first for Christian music, but singles “Consume Me,” “Into Jesus” and “My Friend (So Long)” were favorites on both Christian and mainstream radio.
Then, with the release of a greatest hits package in 2000, the band announced they were taking a break from dc Talk to pursue solo endeavors. Aside from a few joint collaborations over the years, the band has never reunited as dc Talk, until now!
Get Connected with dc Talk
NewsboysBack to Top
How many groups boast a discography with 16 albums and five gold records? And since the arrival of dc Talk alum Michael Tait as lead singer, things have only gotten better: 2010’s “Born Again” spawned three No. 1 radio hits, and 2012’s “God’s Not Dead” sold more than 300,000 copies. So yes, fans keep choosing the Newsboys—which makes Restart all the more remarkable, because it dares to put so much of that loyalty to the test.
With all the fervor of rookies seeking their first record deal, Tait and his bandmates—Jody Davis (guitars), Duncan Phillips (drums), and Jeff Frankenstein (keyboards)—combed through reams and reams of demos and song ideas. Their goal? To compile a stellar collection of tracks into an album like no other…not just in the band’s history, but in Christian music history itself as well.
Get Connected with Newsboys
TobyMac and DiverseCityBack to Top
With over 11 million units in career sales and seven GRAMMY® awards, TobyMac shows no signs of slowing down as he delivers a deeply personal record that celebrates the richness that comes from collaboration, diversity and vulnerability. Drawing directly from his faith in God and personal experience, This Is Not A Test is an essential reminder that we only have one shot at life.
“What hits me now more than ever is that you really don’t get a practice run at life,” explains Toby. “This is it. In my friendships, raising my children, loving my wife, loving people, performing with my band and stepping on stage at arenas, I want to make every moment count.”
For Toby, making every moment count is about more than just saying it out loud. Whether he’s at home with his wife and five children, mentoring new artists, recording in the studio or on the road with his band Diverse City, Toby’s heart for collaboration is rooted in his belief that no matter where we’ve come from, we are better together then we are alone.
“Collaboration takes us deeper,” said Toby. “There is a profound richness that happens when we come together and take the time to learn from each other’s perspectives—the diversity of our upbringing, the color of our skin and the things we are drawn to. If you can work through the differences you enter into a world of richness that is unparalleled. It’s helped me recognize that someone is not wrong just because they don’t think the same way I do. Our life experiences cause scars. Getting to know each other helps heal and soften some of those scars and makes us more receptive to each other. At the end of the day that equals loving each other well.”
The power of collaboration and power of diversity is poured out in every facet of this 13-track record produced by Toby, David Garcia, Chris Stevens and Brian Fowler. The perfect blend of rock, pop, hip-hop and soul, This Is Not A Test, is the follow-up to his No. 1 Billboard debut Eye On It. The record features diverse group of artists, including for the first time in a decade, his DC Talk band-mates Kevin Max and Michael Tait, and newer artists like Capital Kings, Ryan Stevenson, and Hollyn.
But loving each other well isn’t always easy. Whether taking care of a sick parent (Toby lost his father in the spring of 2015), mending a broken relationship, or just raising a family, real love pushes us out of our comfort zone. It can heal us, transform us, empower us and stretch us to our limits. But it’s in those moments when we feel like we have nothing left that we discover the richest blessings. It’s this picture of love that Toby describes in the line “empty never felt so full” in “Love Feels Like.”
“Love Feels Like” has a deeper meaning for me personally,” said Toby. “I didn’t try to write a song about how love can be beautiful, hard and fulfilling, but it just poured out of me.”
Featuring Kevin and Michael of DC Talk, the song relates to the universal theme of loving others and the power of being loved when you are in the trenches.
“I thought, who could help me tell this story,” Toby shared. “Michael, Kevin and I lived together in the trenches for so long and have this beautiful history. They are two of the best singers and understand my heart as well as anyone else in the world. I thought I would lean into them and make it a moment for this song. It could just as easily be about what we went through together as it could be about anything. I love music that has dimension to it.”
Grounded in that same message of loving God and loving people well, songs like “Lights Shine Bright” and “Feel It” showcase the musical diversity that makes Toby and Diverse City so unique. “Lights Shine Bright” is beautifully laid back and ethereal while “Feel It” is a driving mix of funk and soul—the music is complex but the message is simple and powerful.
“I really got into live horns on this record with “Feel It”,” said Toby. “We were vibing off my favorite Michael Jackson record Off The Wall. We tried to capture a little bit of that in the track. I don’t want to overthink faith because I want to know God’s work. I want it to be passion and spirit more than knowledge, so the lyric is really simple ‘I feel it in my heart, I feel it in my soul. You take our brokenness and make us beautiful.’ That’s how I know. Let’s just focus the fact that we are broken and somehow He puts us together and makes us beautiful.”
With many years in the business and so much success, one might think that Toby has his life and career all figured out, but it’s his unmistakable vulnerability and the realization that he didn’t have to be perfect that led to the overarching theme of the album and the single “Beyond Me.”
“I’m a perfectionist by nature. Growing up I was taught that we should be able to look in the mirror and say “I got this. Give me the ball and I’ll shoot the three,” said Toby. “But I’m learning like never before that I have to be brave enough to look in the mirror and say “God, I don’t have this. I’m in over my head. I desperately need you. So take me to a place where I know I need you because that’s when I’m at my best.”
It’s with the same vulnerability that he fights the urge to become jaded.
“I beg God,” Toby says laughing. “When I walk into write a song with other people we open with a prayer. I ask God to hollow me out so that He can breathe something in me that is beyond me. Something I’m not poetic enough to write, not smart enough to pen, but something that will turn eyes to Him. I still dare to believe that God can use a song to awaken someone to love. I still dare to believe that with every song I write and every concert I play. When you recognize your need for God—that is the sweet spot—that’s where I want to be. When you know you are in over your head and you know you can’t control the situation—that’s when God does something glorious.”
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if it’s a song, a show or a 30 second preview on iTunes, Toby hopes that through the messages of collaboration, diversity and love that are the cornerstone of This Is Not A Test, people will feel like they can tackle this thing called life.
“I want them to walk away saying “I feel good. I feel like I can love my spouse well. I can love my friends. I feel like I’m even open to having a conversation about who God is. I want them to know love is worth everything you put in. If that happens, then I’ve done what I wanted to do.”
Get Connected with TobyMac
Kevin MaxBack to Top
“Kevin Max’s voice is like nothing else on the planet. A mixture of enigmatic presence and haunting romance. The vibrato, the texture, tone and phrasing have drawn early comparisons to a younger Bryan Ferry or Bono. But after two and a half decades in the studio and on the road, Kevin’s overall range and creativity have widened and arced to create something truly unique.
From 1988 to 2000, he was the voice behind Dctalk and massive songs such as ‘Jesus Freak’ and ‘Just Between You And Me.’ Dctalk quickly became the biggest selling CCM act in history, claiming four Grammy awards and selling millions of albums worldwide. In 2001 Max made his first solo album ‘Stereotype Be’ on EMI records and continued to make a string of critically acclaimed and successful albums until 2012 when he joined Audio Adrenaline. The Album ‘Kings And Queens’ became the top selling album of Audio Adrenaline’s career with the hit single of the same name. After 2 years with the band, Kevin left to pursue his solo career once again, with the album ‘Broken Temples.’ Hailed as one of the most enigmatic and unforgettable voices in CCM, Max has blazed a trail through many genres, including rock, pop, electronica, jazz and alternative. Follow his journey through the landscape of modern music on his personal website.”
Get Connected with Kevin Max
Finding FavourBack to Top
United by a distinct sense of purpose and bonded by passionate creative spirit, the members of Finding Favour have discovered music and friendship can be powerful tools for change. “We definitely love to share the message that God is walking with us,” says lead singer Blake NeeSmith. “We’re going to go through hard times. Bad things are going to happen. But God has a moving plan for us and we just have to know that we have to strive to move forward that His plan will unfold. We want to connect with people in a way that people would say, ‘All right, I’m not alone. God is with me.’ That’s what we want to do. That’s what our message is.”
On the heels of the band’s acclaimed debut self-titled EP, the momentum continues with their first full-length album titled Reborn. It’s a collection of potent anthems and insightful ballads that leave an imprint on the listener like a soul tattoo, colorfully enhancing the view of God’s mercy and grace.
Skillfully and enthusiastically sharing that message has garnered Finding Favour a devoted legion of fans, including Grammy winning and five time RIAA Gold Certified selling solo artist and record label president TobyMac, who signed the foursome to his label Gotee Records in 2012. The band, consisting of NeeSmith, bassist Dustin Daniels, guitarist Allen Dukes and drummer Josh Duckworth, can trace their roots to Vidalia, Georgia. One night NeeSmith and Dukes were performing at a local hang out when they noticed an enthusiastic audience member who was really getting into the band’s music. “This guy was in front of the stage jumping up and down,” NeeSmith recalls. “After the show, he came up and said, ‘That was awesome man! My name’s Dustin. I’m up from South America. I just moved here.’ After that we got to hang out with him a little bit.”
The members of Finding Favour draw on a diverse array of musical influences that have helped shape the group’s sound. “I listen to all kinds of music and many different things move me,” NeeSmith says. “Anything that moves me, anything that I can feel in my bones, that’s what I listen to. Honestly, our whole team’s like that. We’re not just like, ‘Well, we only like this kind of music,’ or ‘We’re only inspired by this type of music.’ I remember listening to an R&B group called K-Ci & JoJo. I love listening to Jason Crabb and Third Day. I’ve always been more inspired by great songs, no matter what the genre of music.”
Growing up in South America, Daniels was influenced by Latin sounds and was also an avid fan of dcTalk. Then after moving to Georgia, he admits there was a little musical culture shock. “Everything was country music! I’m like, ‘What is this music? I like that too.’ In our band there are so many influences. We’ve got country, rock ‘n roll and R&B. We all grew up with all genres of music that we definitely apply to what we do today.”
Produced by Casey Brown (Love & the Outcome, Building 429, Blanca), Reborn is a compelling collection of well-written songs, performed with unbridled strength and conviction. “We have songs with a country flavor like “Tiny Town” and “Feels Like the First Time,” and then we have songs like ‘Refuge’ that really reach out to a younger crowd,” says Daniels. “We feel like there’s a great message in this album and it’s going to touch a lot of people. We share a message of hope to people who struggle, people who grew up feeling not worthy, not pretty or not loved. These songs tell them we havea savior who has taught us we are worthy of love, mercy and salvation.”
NeeSmith’s lead vocals have a buoyant passion that draws the listeners into the lyrics as the music washes over them like a sea of encouragement. The lead single, “Cast My Cares,” acknowledges the challenges in life, but reminds us of God’s grace and sovereignty. “We wanted to connect with people in a way that people would say, ‘I’m not alone. God is with me.’ It speaks louder than the music,” NeeSmith says.
“That’s what we want to say. That’s what our message is. He holds our future.”
NeeSmith says the message of the song resonates strongly with him. “To be honest, this hits my life right now,” he sighs. “It’s been weighing on my shoulders for the last two years. My wife and I just had our first child, a girl named Harper. The unknown haunts me every day, like where will I be next year? Will I provide for my family? I tell you right now that’s no way to live. God has a purpose and a plan, but so often we try to do things our own way. We have the best of intentions, but we need to trust Him with our lives.”
One of the things that makes Reborn such a powerful album is that the songs are so very personal to the band, yet the concerns, prayers and emotions they share are universal to us all. “Be Like You” is a poignant ballad that will touch the heart of every parent. “I actually wrote that song for my little girl,” NeeSmith says. “I was scared to death. There’s a lot of things I messed up in my life. There are a lot of mistakes and I said, ‘This is not going to be one of those things.’ This song is a prayer for me that I can sing every night.”
“After people listen to this album, I want people to feel like they serve an Almighty God that can heal, that can love, that can give them everything that they desire in that moment,” NeeSmith says. “I want them to go on the rollercoaster ride of their life and just really experience God in an incredible way.”
Get Connected with Finding Favour
Capital KingsBack to Top
A hypnotic sound swells from the distance, building in emotion, frequency, and momentum. A mechanical voice whispers syncopated inspiration. Rhythms begin to build as you start to decipher what that pixilated voice is communicating….this is the afterlight. Then, the world is consumed with boom, bounce, and energy, on a heavenly scale.
These words do not describe the sounds of a literal childbirth, nor the passing of a physical life into the heavenly realm. But they might as well. These are the sounds of “Afterlight,” one of many undeniable EDM tracks on Capital Kings’ sophomore
release, II. And it is an individual, solitary experience in electronic music, along with a major step forward for the already accomplished Gotee Records duo.
“II is the result of many collaborations, two and one-half years of painstaking effort, and very much intention,” explains Capital Kings. “Our goal with this record is to bring an alternative to this established genre while offering something the kids can connect with in a spiritual way.”
Let’s face it, we live in an Electronic Dance Music landscape. This genre, of which Capital Kings resides, is a legitimate phenomenon in current culture. And they sit nicely among its main protagonists. While their debut, self-titled release dabbled in several schools of sound, including hip-hop and pop, II is an all-in EDM onslaught with unlimited potential. The result is more than satisfying. You will move and be moved. You will attach to lyrics and melodies. And perhaps most importantly, you will dance for all the right reasons.
But this is not your average dance record, hence the time, which was devoted to its genesis. II is as diverse as one can imagine, while still retaining its obvious EDM quality; the listener never gets numb to the driving rhythms. The fact is, Capital Kings know how to craft electronic dance that is accessible and universal. And II is a body of work that demonstrates it.
“We started out as producers, so we try to understand diversity in songwriting,” says Capital Kings. “We’ve worked hard on this album trying to create a body of work where each song feels different but collectively feels like it all belongs together. We’ve
been working on this album the past two years day in and day out. The fun thing about the music we do is you can be inspired by different cities and places you’re in and work on tracks and ideas on our computer. We don’t need a big studio to make our music, that is the fun part.”
“We’re going to celebrate life to the fullest cause we’ve been blessed to be put on this earth. We just want people to connect with the music and be taken on a journey.
We want people to share it with their friends. We think if you were to come out to a show it might not be what you are used to…but you can walk away with some something fresh, along with something that has substance to it.”
Get Connected with Capital Kings
Ryan StevensonBack to Top
It’s impossible to fully appreciate life apart from mortality. Likewise, it’s impossible to comprehend grace apart from our shortcomings. On his full-length Gotee Records debut, Fresh Start, GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Ryan Stevenson declares he has a firm grasp on both. Produced by Bryan Fowler (TobyMac) and Chuck Butler (Jamie Grace), the album is a candid and hopeful glimpse at the heart of a man living in the midst of Christ’s unmerited affection and grace.
“He gives us a clean slate,” says Ryan. “He lets us start over unconditionally. Every day, He gives us a fresh start.”
The highly anticipated project comes on the heels of a slew of awards few artists achieve in their entire career, much less before their first release. With two #1 singles (one as an artist and one as a co-writer), a GRAMMY® nomination, ASCAP honors and major tour bills with the likes of TobyMac, Newsboys and Matt Maher, among others, Ryan has already distinguished himself as a rare talent whose unique perspective guides his honest lyrics and sonic sensibilities.
Initially, his songwriting abilities caught the ear of one of Christian music’s most influential artists, TobyMac. The multi-Platinum-selling co-founder of Gotee Records discovered the power of Ryan’s pen through “Speak Life,” a track he co-wrote with Ryan and Jamie Moore. The song became a multi-week radio smash for Toby in 2012 and was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award, ultimately paving the way for a life-changing invitation for Ryan to join the Gotee family.
In addition to Toby’s recording of “Speak Life”—Ryan’s own acoustic rendition of the song was part of his 2014 Gotee EP, Holding Nothing Back—the mentor and friend has continued to champion Ryan’s talents, giving him a platform on several of his blockbuster tours. He also lent his voice to Ryan’s recent #1 hit, “Not Forgotten,” a cornerstone of the long-awaited album, Fresh Start.
Track-by-track, Fresh Start unveils Ryan’s story and his purpose, acoustic guitar-driven roots and driving pop beats propelling the transparency of his testimony. “My heart is so about revival,” he shares. “I hope and pray this record, these songs and my testimony can lead people to be awakened and have an encounter with God.”
The deeply personal “From The Ground Up (Bonanza)” is a musical visit—complete with laid-back snaps and whistles—home to the dairy farm where Ryan grew up in southern Oregon. Cows, early mornings, dirty hands and diligence were the making of a childhood that prepared him for a life he could never have imagined, while giving him strength to stand firm in life’s battles and trust in God’s presence.
“We’re all just people and we all face storms,” says Ryan. “Even when it feels like we are lost at sea for months at a time, we’re never forgotten. God is inside every storm we face.”
That confidence inspired “Eye of the Storm,” or as he says, “the hymn of the record.” An ode to the tangible evidence of God at work in the midst of darkness, the gospel-tinged songs features Gabe Real of Diverse City. A fitting album closer, it also brings to mind one of the most powerful and life-altering moments Ryan ever experienced.
As a child, he always held a fascination with the medical field. Following college, he earned his paramedic license, never dreaming that life as a paramedic could have led him straight back to his true passion— music. “As soon as I started the paramedic phase of life the Lord began conditioning me, opening up my eyes to the reality and fragility of humanity,” says Ryan. “That job totally changed me. But about six years in, it started wearing on me. I knew I needed to figure out a way to make my living through music. I prayed for God to show me how or to help me let go of my clenching grip of these dreams.”
Help came like a bolt of lightning—literally. Just a few weeks after that prayer, Ryan’s paramedic team was called to reach a woman who had been struck by lightning. “She was badly burned. No pulse, no breathing…I knew she wasn’t going to make it,” he says. “We loaded her to head to the hospital and I started CPR and revived her on the way.”
As if that wasn’t miracle enough, the woman, Lara, reconnected with Ryan a year after the accident and a friendship was born. Ryan told her about his love for music and, while not a believer herself, Lara provided the funds for his first project.
It began to look like the clouds were clearing and the storm was subsiding, but things changed when the first record deal he signed fell through. “I was devastated,” Ryan remembers. “It was a pinnacle moment in my life. My mom had just died of bone cancer and my wife had miscarried our twins. I fell apart. But that day, I had a massive encounter with the Holy Spirit. I was sitting on a dock at a lake and could hear this still, small voice saying, ‘I’m so glad we’re here today. Don’t you remember what you prayed for? You’ve been praying to see My heart. I’m trying to show you. I’m not causing all these things to happen, but I can cause all of them to work together for good. I haven’t forgotten about you.’ In that moment, I knew I wasn’t supposed to quit.”
“When I was going through the really dark days, Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel and William P. Young’s The Shack impacted me,” he continues. “I was in a season of stripping blinders off my eyes and hammering down this notion of grace that Manning puts out there—the idea of embracing the fact that I’m accepted and there’s nothing I can do about it.”
The realization of this truth led Ryan to pen another pivotal song for Fresh Start: “All Yours.” The album’s second single features an infectious, guitar driven pop hook, its sing-along chorus conveying the freedom found in giving everything up to Christ. “Scripture says His power works best when we’re weak,” Ryan explains. “In spite of my humanity and my frail, weak emotional make-up, this song became a declaration from a grateful heart. Because God is so good, I don’t want to grieve Him. I want to be all His.”
While soaking up Manning’s wisdom, yet another song was born, “Dare You To Trust My Love.” “In one of his sermons, Manning asks what if Jesus were to walk in a room and sit down with you in your dirtiest, most disgusting experience and ask, ‘Do you believe that I love you? I dare you to. I dare you to trust the fact that there are no skeletons in your closet or secret sins you’re hiding that could ever deter My love for you,’” Ryan shares. “Learning to believe what Jesus says about us rather than what the enemy says is the heart of that song and my hope for everyone who hears it.”
The ups and downs of his own journey—while painful at times—have proven to be critical seasons for Ryan’s growth, and for the message infused throughout his music. “Scripture says His mercies are new every morning,” Ryan concludes. “You can never run or fall too far. He’s not going to change if you mess up. He’s not going to get mad. He is Love and His Love is relentless.”
For Ryan Stevenson, what was lost has been found. What was broken has been redeemed. And what looked like a dead end has become a Fresh Start.
Get Connected with Ryan Stevenson
HollynBack to Top
“Every few years it’s my honor to discover a new artist to walk alongside helping them write songs and begin their journey into artistry. I love this music, and I love sharing this talent with people coming to my shows,” explains multi-platinum selling recording artist and Gotee CEO TobyMac. “Hollyn is the ‘right on time’ breath of fresh air that our industry needs. She’s one of the best singers that I’ve ever recorded and is becoming a great songwriter in her own right. And the beautiful thing is, this is only the beginning.”
Hailing from Ohio, raised in the church and on the Southern Gospel music greats, this American Idol alum has been working the past two years on her national debut. Hollyn has a style all her own and her new single is a perfect showcase of her talent.
Listeners were introduced to this vibrant young lady on TobyMac’s newest release with the songs “Lights Shine Bright” and “Backseat Driver,” which she is also a co-writer. As a songwriter, Hollyn co-wrote five of the six tracks on her debut EP. It also features two tracks “Hey Mama” and “Nothin’ On You,” which were produced by the GRAMMY-winning production team of COBRA (Dirty Rice and Joseph Prielzony), who produced two tracks on the award winning album, Anomaly, from Lecrae. It also features a cover of Lecrae’s Dove Award winning song, “All I Need Is You.”
She toured on TobyMac’s “This Is Not A Test” Tour with Britt Nicole and Colton Dixon, as well as the Air1/KLOVE TobyMac “Hits Deep Tour”.
In addition to her new EP and busy touring schedule, Hollyn recently collaborated with YouTube sensation Mike Tompkins (1.6 million subscribers with more than 263 million views) on a cover of Ellie Goulding’s latest single “On My Mind.”
Even as a fresh, new artist, Hollyn already has a strong sense of confidence on the calling on her life and music.
“It’s a privilege for me to go up on stage and sing,” Hollyn says. “God has given me this gift [so] that I can share my faith. The thing that makes me the happiest—is meeting people after the shows. I love that time! Right now my life has never been so out of control, but it’s a beautiful thing. The Lord is taking me somewhere. I don’t know where He’s taking me, but I’m excited about it.
Get Connected with Hollyn
Jared EmersonBack to Top
Jared Emerson’s focus to capture the essence of what he creates with charcoals, oils, acrylics, graphite and other mixed mediums. Born in Michigan and now living in Greenville, South Carolina, Jared’s passion was the result of being raised in a loving Christian home as he incorporates his values into every aspect of his life and work. His values have led him to perform and create art for a large number of churches and charities around the world, with his performance piece “Face of God” being the most requested.
In 2014, Jared performed live in front of over 500,000 people, including 31,000 fans at the Georgia Dome, as part of the Winter Jam concert tour. His artwork has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities around the world. Internationally acclaimed, Jared’s renowned performance art has included subjects such as Jerry Rice, George Rogers, Larry Holmes, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, C.J. Spiller, Tim Tebow, Ali, Bill Haas, Bobby Jones, Bubba Watson, Arnold Palmer, Edwin McCain and countless others. Celebrities who own Jared’s work include Carrie Underwood, Willie Mays, Guy Fieri, Geroge Hincapie, Fred Funk, Chris Spielman, Miami Head Football Coach Mark Richt, Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Foxworthy, Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and many corporate executives and collectors.
In 2013, Jared’s “Face of God” piece was featured on the hood of the #98 Michael McDowell Sprint Cup car at NASCAR’s Talladega race. He was also featured on CBS Sports PGA special “GEICO presents Golf’s Best of 2013.”