dc Talk was a Christian rock band that formed in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1987 when Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith got together. The band have released five studio albums: “dc Talk” (1989), “Nu Thang” (1990), “Free at Last” (1992), “Jesus Freak” (1995), and “Supernatural” (1998). Since the early 2000s dc Talk has been on an indefinite hiatus, with three of the band members maintaining solo careers. The group members have collaborated with one another since they parted ways; however they have not recorded as dc Talk.
The band's beginnings began to take shape when native Virginian, McKenna met Michael Tait at college and the two musicians began to jam together. The duo began to write songs together and perform on their college campus. The duo made a demo tape and on the strength of the songs they were offered a record deal with Forefront Records in 1988. Kevin Smith, also went to the same college and was in a rock band on campus allowing him to see McKenna and Tait perform, and approached the duo about joining them. The band wasted no time working on, and releasing, their self-titled debut album a year later. The band's style of music was more of a rap/hip-hop style, as evident on their first two albums, and somewhat on the third. By the time the band released “Free at Last,” their musical direction had begun to move more toward mainstream rock.
As the band's popularity began to grow, they received a Dove Award and began to receive offers to tour with, and collaborate with, other established artists in the Christian music community. Their third album would go on to change the face of Christian music, due to the band's appeal from mainstream rock fans and their ability to cross over into mainstream pop and rock communities. CCM ranked “Free at Last” the ninth best album in Christian music. The album went on to earn the trio a Grammy Award for 'Best Rock Gospel Album' in 1994. 1998 marked the release of the band's last studio album together, “Supernatural,” which peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 Charts. The trio followed the album up with an extensive tour across the U.S. After the tour the band went on an indefinite hiatus.
Over the next decade the trio would reunited for one-off dc Talk performances and to help one another on their solo projects. 2002 saw the band release the single “Let's Roll,” in an effort to raise money for the September 11th attacks and the aftermath. In 2005 the band performed a number of songs at a concert in Redmond; a 10th anniversary album called “Freaked!” was released in 2006, followed by the album, “The Early Years” that same year. 2010 saw the trio perform with a number of artists on the “Come Together Now” single about the 2010 Haiti earthquakes. The band is currently working on solo projects but has not ruled out collaborating as dc talk once again in the near future.