Expect the Supernatural...
- Michael Herman Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2000 1 Jan
There are many nights when dc Talk vocalist, Michael Tait simply sits on the backyard deck of his Brentwood, Tennessee, home with his roommate Chad watching the evening crawl through the trees and the twilight sky.
"That's a perfect evening for me; we don't even have to talk," explains Tait. "There's something mysterious about that time of day, the anticipation of the darkness of night."
Though he's a member of a band with "talk" in its name, Michael Tait can appreciate silence at the appropriate moments.
"I'm a dreamer; I like to be in that environment to do that. It's like a X-Files sort of feeling. It's eerie, but I like it." Before the wrong picture is painted of Tait's worldview, he quickly adds," … now don't get me wrong, I'm not going off on some New Age thing here … everyone just has their favorite environment."
It would have to take at least a self-proclaimed dreamer and a couple of friends to be completing their biggest project to date with four albums, including a Grammy Award, a platinum album, two gold albums and a gold-certified long-form video already in their back pocket.
What's on the new album? "We
write from the heart. It all comes from what we go through in our
lives, what we experience," reveals Tait. "The song,
Perhaps you've already heard a
number of this album's songs if you've caught the E.R.A.C.E. tour
this summer. E.R.A.C.E. is Eliminating Racism And Creating
Equality, created by Toby McKeehan's Gotee Records label. The
guys have been performing,
"It's all about making the
news about God's love available for people to hear," Tait
says. "Music does that."
"What does the term, 'going secular' mean? This relationship [with Virgin] is a beautiful marriage that will produce more availability of the message. Is our music changing? The message isn't, but as for the style, I like to say, 'dc Talk will evolve 'till we dissolve.' "
Another cut from
The guys have done some work
outside of the band since
"It's not that at all," Tait says. "dc Talk is the hub—it all comes back to there. We have been blessed with opportunities to do what we love in addition to growing as a band. We support each other's personal projects and are genuinely happy to see each other succeed."
Tait's favorite songs on the new
If you were to drive over to
Michael's place tonight, he says that you'd find
Don't doubt that dc Talk's music will continue to become more and more popular with their latest album. But also remember that, "It's all about making the news about God's love available for people to hear."
The sun has set, and the stars are
back for another night. You can bet that somewhere in Brentwood,
Tennessee, Michael and Chad have put on the mosquito repellant
and are sitting and enjoying the