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Michael Tait
Tait in 2009
Tait in 2009
Background information
Birth nameMichael DeWayne Tait
Born (1966-05-18) May 18, 1966 (age 54)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
GenresCCM, Christian rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1988–present[1]
Associated actsDC Talk, Tait, Newsboys

Michael DeWayne Tait (born May 18, 1966) is a contemporary Christian music artist. Michael Tait met Toby McKeehan in 1984 when he was in high school. Both Toby and Michael met Kevin Max while attending Liberty University in the late 1980s, and together they formed four-time Grammy winning band DC Talk, with whom Michael Tait has released five acclaimed studio albums. Tait is the current lead singer of Newsboys, and one third of Christian rock group DC Talk (though the group has been on hiatus since 2000). Tait also has had success in his solo career, founding a band called Tait in 1997. He toured as a solo act until 2007. He became lead singer of the Christian pop rock band Newsboys in 2009.[2] Aside from singing, Tait is also a self-taught guitar player. Tait also has a sister Lynda Randle, who is a Southern Gospel singer.

Musical career

DC Talk (1988–2001)

Michael Tait met Toby McKeehan in 1984 while he was in high school in the Washington, D.C. area, and together they began creating music. Michael Tait and Toby McKeehan both met Kevin Max while attending Liberty University in the mid-1980s. Together, all three formed the four-time Grammy winning band DC Talk[3] and released 5 acclaimed studio albums. In 2000, the band announced a hiatus with the release of Intermission: the Greatest Hits while all three members devoted themselves to solo projects. The band has not toured together since 2001 (except for one time in Redmond, Washington in 2005 and when TobyMac made a surprise guest appearance at Winter Jam in 2010 in Nashville and sang "Jesus Freak" with Tait). DC Talk has recorded 3 songs together since the announcement of the hiatus including the remix of "Atmosphere" on TobyMac's 2004 album Welcome to Diverse City and a cover of the Prince song "The Cross" on Kevin Max's 2007 album The Blood. The band also recorded a song entitled "Let's Roll" following the September 11, 2001 attacks.[4]

Tait (1997–2007)

After DC Talk's hiatus was announced, Tait dedicated more time to his band Tait (which he named after his father, Nathel).[3] Tait had partially formed this band around 1997. One of the original members was guitarist Pete Stewart (from the hard rock band Grammatrain), who is featured on the first album, but absent from the second one due to his departing the band to work on his own solo projects. In 2006, Tait announced that they were working on an album titled Loveology. Though Michael is now touring as frontman for the Newsboys, he still has plans to release Loveology. In an interview with John Dibiase of Jesusfreakhideout.com, he stated that Loveology is still in the works, and will be a separate project from the Newsboys. In the interview Michael said, "Loveology is going to become something we're going to be writing about very soon. I can't tell you now, but it's a project with the boys and I and Ben Moody, which is another whole music project."

Newsboys (2009–present)

Michael Tait performing a concert with the Newsboys in Toronto on April 6, 2009.
Michael Tait performing a concert with the Newsboys in Toronto on April 6, 2009.

An official statement was released on March 9, 2009 that announced Michael Tait as the new lead singer of Newsboys. Coincidentally, Tait's former group, DC Talk toured with Newsboys in the 1990s. On March 7, 2009, Tait surprised the crowd by performing as Newsboys' lead singer for the first time and announcing that he would be the band's new lead singer.[5] In the official statement released on March 9, Tait said, "For years dc Talk and Newsboys have been family and thus shared the same fans. When I received the initial call from Newsboys to consider joining the band as lead singer, I was speechless! I immediately sought wise counsel and flooded the heavens with endless prayers for insight and vision, and I soon received a clear and definite peace. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to perform my first show as Newsboys' frontman to an audience of 12,000 people. I was completely wrapped in love and support by Newsboys' fans, who are clearly the best fans on the planet. Now I know this is exactly where I belong in this new and wonderful moment in my life's history. This is a definite highlight of my career and for my 20+ years of walking with Jesus, and I am humbled, proud and privileged to call myself a Newsboy."[6]

Former Newsboys lead singer Peter Furler still provided lead vocals on the 2009 album In the Hands of God, though Michael Tait provided supporting vocals, along with Jamie Rowe of Guardian.[2] Furler's last performance as lead vocalist took place during a performance at Disney's Night of Joy 2009. Michael performed lead vocals for most of the songs, but Peter did come out to sing lead on the song "Breakfast".

In 2010, the reborn Newsboys announced information about their 15th studio album (and first with Tait on lead vocals), Born Again, which was released on July 13. That was followed by Christmas! A Newsboys Holiday, including a previously recorded Tait song. In 2011, God's Not Dead, and the live follow-up, Newsboys Live in Concert: God's Not Dead in 2012, Restart in 2013, and Hallelujah for the Cross in 2014.

Other projects

Tait has also starred as Hero in !Hero. He also contributed to various books, including the popular Jesus Freaks and Jesus Freaks II books. He has also contributed to the books Under God and Living Under God with DC Talk bandmate TobyMac.

Discography

with Tait

with Newsboys

Studio albums

EPs

  • Christmas! A Newsboys Holiday (2010)

Live albums

Singles

Year Single Album
2009 "Glorious" In the Hands of God
Born Again: Miracles Edition
2010 "I'll Be" Born Again (EP)
Born Again: Miracles Edition
"Born Again" Born Again
"Way Beyond Myself"
2011 "Miracles"
(video only)
"We Remember"
(featuring Israel Houghton)
Born Again: Miracles Edition
"Save Your Life"
"God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)"
(featuring Kevin Max)
God's Not Dead
2012 "The League of Incredible Vegetables (Theme)" non-album single
"Your Love Never Fails" God's Not Dead
2013 "Jesus Paid It All" Jesus, Firm Foundation:
Hymns of Worship
Hallelujah for the Cross
"Live With Abandon" Restart
2014
"We Believe"
"That Home (A Tribute to Moms)"
"That's How You Change the World"
(video only)
"Hallelujah for the Cross" Hallelujah for the Cross
2015 "Guilty" Love Riot

Guest appearances

Music videos

With DC Talk

With Tait

With Newsboys

Video guest appearances

Personal life

Tait has five sisters, one of them is Southern gospel alto singer Lynda Randle.[7][8]

Tait told Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes in February 2016 that he supported Ted Cruz for president in the 2016 election.[9] Tait signed a letter opposing President Donald Trump's impeachment in December 2019 and also participated in the Evangelicals for Trump rally in January 2020.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ "Michael Tait Profile and Discography". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Music News, February 2009: NEWSBOYS READIES FOURTEENTH STUDIO ALBUM, IN THE HANDS OF GOD". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "dc Talk Discography, dc Talk Artist Database, dc Talk Lyrics". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  4. ^ www.dctalkunite.com Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Music News, March 2009: MICHAEL TAIT TO JOIN NEWSBOYS". Jesusfreakhideout.com. March 9, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "newsboys | Free music, tour dates, photos, videos". Blogs.myspace.com. Archived from the original on March 14, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  7. ^ "About Lynda Randle". Gaither Music. Retrieved July 7, 2020. For years now, my sister Lynda has truly been the inspiration for my occupation.
  8. ^ "Dinner Conversations with Mark Lowry and Andrew Greer". Apple Podcasts. 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2020. Sibling singers Lynda Randle and Michael Tait of Newsboys fame dish on hot topics like family dynamics, race relations and the unifying power of music.
  9. ^ Christian Recording Artist Says He Supports Ted Cruz
  10. ^ RELEVANT (December 23, 2019). "200 Evangelical Leaders Have Signed an Open Letter Slamming That 'Christianity Today' Piece". RELEVANT. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  11. ^ "'He Was Sent to Us' — Christian Quotes From the 'Evangelicals for Trump' Rally at Miami Megachurch". Faithfully Magazine. January 7, 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2020.

External links

Preceded by
Peter Furler
Newsboys
Lead Singers
2009–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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