“The promise I’ve been holding on to is that God will never leave us or forsake us,” explained Christian hip hop artist TobyMac as he launched Hits Deep Tour 2020 last weekend. The 7X GRAMMY® winner expressed heartfelt thanks to everyone who prayed and extended messages of love and sympathy to his family since the loss of his son Truett last October.

His performance began with “The Elements,” where the audience of more than 8,000 at the Spectrum Center arena in Charlotte, NC was transported into a storm of lightning, thunder, and falling snow representing battles in life that challenge one’s faith. Then in the midst of fan favorites such as “I Just Need U.,” “Speak Life” with Ryan Stevenson, and “Me Without You,” TobyMac performs his heartrending new song “21 Years” which is about Truett’s passing. These and other moments from Hits Deep tour were captured by CCM Magazine’s Annette Holloway in the slideshow below.

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Other highlights include Terrian singing her beautiful new single, “In the Arms,” and Aaron Cole, the first hip hop artist to win Dove Awards Artist of the Year, performing “Starts With Me” with TobyMac. For the confetti-filled finale “Feel It,” Tauren Wells joined the party on stage with powerful vocals and incredible energy to close out the night.

The amazing lineup in Charlotte included Tauren Wells, We Are Messengers, Ryan Stevenson, Aaron Cole, and Cochren & Co. (Jordan Feliz joined the tour 3 days later.)

Hits Deep Tour runs through March 29th. Schedule and Tickets: TobyMac.com/tour

TobyMac’s Hits Deep Setlist: The Elements / Lights Shine Bright / Backseat Driver / Everything / 21 Years / See the Light / Made to Love – It’s You / Speak Life (with Ryan Stevenson) / Lose My Soul / Hello Future / Til The Day I Die / Overflow / Edge of My Seat (with Michael Cochren) / Me Without You / City on Our Knees / In the Arms (sung by Terrian) / Starts With Me (with Aaron Cole) / Move (Keep Walkin’) / DJ Maj’s set / Eye On It / Love Broke Thru / I just need U. / Feel It (with Tauren Wells)

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About The Author

Annette Holloway
Staff Photographer

Annette Holloway is a music, portrait, sports and event photographer who has been contributing to CCM Magazine since 2016. Live concert photography and band/artist photoshoots occupy much of her time.  Her work has been published on numerous media outlets including Getty Images, Loudwire, Fox News, Rapzilla, Jam the Hype, ICON Sportswire, JesusWired.com, Heaven’s Metal Magazine, and many more. She has also photographed the GMA Dove Awards and numerous concerts and festivals. Before diving into photography full time, she was a webmaster, church youth leader, robotics mentor, and NASA software engineer.  For more information about her photography, visit AnnetteHolloway.com.

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