Award-winning Christian music artist Toby McKeehan, better known as TobyMac, paid tribute to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., this past week. He visited the school where he graduated in 1988, shot some hoops, hooked up with some old friends, and thanked his alma mater for promoting his upcoming tour.

“It’s an honor for me,” TobyMac said about his partnership with the school in a statement. He described it as “pivotal in my life … it offered me a foundation for my spiritual life and for some of my friends that I have done my whole life with.”

The singer started his first band, DC Talk, at Liberty with two of his college pals in 1987. Along with Newsboys current vocalist, Michael Tait, and Audio Adrenaline current vocalist, Kevin Max, TobyMac made albums that mixed genres such as hip-hop, soul, and gospel. Before the band’s breakup in 2000, they even experimented with grunge and alternative.

Since then, TobyMac has won various awards as a solo artist. “It’s always hard to surpass a Grammy Award,” he told The Christian Post in a June interview. He has won 6 Grammys, received the “Artist of the Year” award at the first K-LOVE Fan Awards show, and finally achieved his first American Music Award (AMA) last year.

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