Michael Tait

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Background informationMichael Tait_header_cell_0_1_0
Birth nameMichael Tait_header_cell_0_2_0 Michael DeWayne TaitMichael Tait_cell_0_2_1
BornMichael Tait_header_cell_0_3_0 (1966-05-18) May 18, 1966 (age 54)

Washington, D.C., U.S.Michael Tait_cell_0_3_1

GenresMichael Tait_header_cell_0_4_0 CCM, Christian rockMichael Tait_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Michael Tait_header_cell_0_5_0 Singer, songwriter, producerMichael Tait_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsMichael Tait_header_cell_0_6_0 VocalsMichael Tait_cell_0_6_1
Years activeMichael Tait_header_cell_0_7_0 1988–presentMichael Tait_cell_0_7_1
Associated actsMichael Tait_header_cell_0_8_0 DC Talk, Tait, NewsboysMichael Tait_cell_0_8_1

Michael DeWayne Tait (born May 18, 1966) is a contemporary Christian music artist. Michael Tait_sentence_0

Michael Tait met Toby McKeehan in 1984 when he was in high school. Michael Tait_sentence_1

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. Michael Tait_sentence_2

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). Michael Tait_sentence_3

Tait also has had success in his solo career, founding a band called Tait in 1997. Michael Tait_sentence_4

He toured as a solo act until 2007. Michael Tait_sentence_5

He became lead singer of the Christian pop rock band Newsboys in 2009. Michael Tait_sentence_6

Aside from singing, Tait is also a self-taught guitar player. Michael Tait_sentence_7

Tait also has a sister Lynda Randle, who is a Southern Gospel singer. Michael Tait_sentence_8

Musical career Michael Tait_section_0

DC Talk (1988–2001) Michael Tait_section_1

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_sentence_9

Michael Tait and Toby McKeehan both met Kevin Max while attending Liberty University in the mid-1980s. Michael Tait_sentence_10

Together, all three formed the four-time Grammy winning band DC Talk and released 5 acclaimed studio albums. Michael Tait_sentence_11

In 2000, the band announced a hiatus with the release of Intermission: the Greatest Hits while all three members devoted themselves to solo projects. Michael Tait_sentence_12

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). Michael Tait_sentence_13

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. Michael Tait_sentence_14

The band also recorded a song entitled "Let's Roll" following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Michael Tait_sentence_15

Tait (1997–2007) Michael Tait_section_2

After DC Talk's hiatus was announced, Tait dedicated more time to his band Tait (which he named after his father, Nathel). Michael Tait_sentence_16

Tait had partially formed this band around 1997. Michael Tait_sentence_17

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. Michael Tait_sentence_18

In 2006, Tait announced that they were working on an album titled Loveology. Michael Tait_sentence_19

Though Michael is now touring as frontman for the Newsboys, he still has plans to release Loveology. Michael Tait_sentence_20

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. Michael Tait_sentence_21

In the interview Michael said, "Loveology is going to become something we're going to be writing about very soon. Michael Tait_sentence_22

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." Michael Tait_sentence_23

Newsboys (2009–present) Michael Tait_section_3

An official statement was released on March 9, 2009 that announced Michael Tait as the new lead singer of Newsboys. Michael Tait_sentence_24

Coincidentally, Tait's former group, DC Talk toured with Newsboys in the 1990s. Michael Tait_sentence_25

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. Michael Tait_sentence_26

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. Michael Tait_sentence_27

When I received the initial call from Newsboys to consider joining the band as lead singer, I was speechless! Michael Tait_sentence_28

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. Michael Tait_sentence_29

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to perform my first show as Newsboys' frontman to an audience of 12,000 people. Michael Tait_sentence_30

I was completely wrapped in love and support by Newsboys' fans, who are clearly the best fans on the planet. Michael Tait_sentence_31

Now I know this is exactly where I belong in this new and wonderful moment in my life's history. Michael Tait_sentence_32

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." Michael Tait_sentence_33

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. Michael Tait_sentence_34

Furler's last performance as lead vocalist took place during a performance at Disney's Night of Joy 2009. Michael Tait_sentence_35

Michael performed lead vocals for most of the songs, but Peter did come out to sing lead on the song "Breakfast". Michael Tait_sentence_36

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. Michael Tait_sentence_37

That was followed by Christmas! Michael Tait_sentence_38 A Newsboys Holiday, including a previously recorded Tait song. Michael Tait_sentence_39

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. Michael Tait_sentence_40

Other projects Michael Tait_section_4

Tait has also starred as Hero in !Hero. Michael Tait_sentence_41

He also contributed to various books, including the popular Jesus Freaks and Jesus Freaks II books. Michael Tait_sentence_42

He has also contributed to the books Under God and Living Under God with DC Talk bandmate TobyMac. Michael Tait_sentence_43

Discography Michael Tait_section_5

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with Newsboys Michael Tait_section_7

Studio albums Michael Tait_section_8

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EPs Michael Tait_section_9

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  • Christmas! A Newsboys Holiday (2010)Michael Tait_item_2_8

Live albums Michael Tait_section_10

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Singles Michael Tait_section_11

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael Tait.