TobyMac Postpones November Tour Until 2020 After Son’s Death

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Christian music star TobyMac has postponed a 12-city theater tour he was set to go out on Nov. 7-24, rescheduling the dates for April and May of 2020 — a move anticipated in the wake of the sudden death of the singer’s son, 21-year-old aspiring rapper Truett Foster McKeehan, on Oct. 23.

“Due to the untimely passing of his oldest son Truett Foster, Toby’s place is at home with his family this fall,” promoter Awakening Events said in a statement. “The TobyMac Theatre tour in its entirety has been rescheduled to the spring. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause fans. … We appreciate your patience, understanding, and continued prayers for the McKeehan family during this difficult time.”

No changes have been announced for a separate arena tour scheduled to begin January 30 and running through the end of March.

Wednesday, TobyMac and his wife, Amanda Levy McKeehan, announced they had set up an organization in honor of their son, called the Truett Foster Foundation, to raise money to help kids pursue education in music.

No cause of death has been released. Initial reports said the Nashville Fire Department received a call about a person in cardiac arrest at the family’s home and pronounced McKeehan dead on arrival. Autopsy results might take 6-8 weeks, authorities said at the time.

TobyMac had been open in the 2018 song “Scars” about how his relationship with his son had changed after Truett left home. “Now you won’t take my phone calls / You won’t text me back at all / I just wanna see you / I can’t stand to see you gone,” he rapped on the track. Elaborating with the Tennessean in an interview at the time, the singer elaborated: “Up to now, [our home’s] been a safe harbor, a place of love. And now, you know, I have my first kid leave home. He’s going and facing this world…. To watch and see him get cut and get bruised, it’s not easy.” It was clear from some of the son’s more irreverent social media posts that he was not following his father’s path into the Christian music industry.

That led to speculation that the father and son might have been estranged. Perhaps to tamp down such talk, after Truett’s death, TobyMac released what he said was the final text exchange between the two of them, which occurred after he went to see his son perform at what turned out to be both his first and last show, in Franklin, Tenn. TobyMac had gone to Canada to resume his own tour dates the day after his son’s showcase.

“I wanted to tell you how proud I was of you last night,” the elder singer texted. “Your show was amazing and I think you got the ‘it’ factor which is very important but unexplainable. Your joy is infectious and you invite people into it…”

“Love you dad,” Truett responded. “Thank you so much. You have always believed in me. Make me feel like a superhero.”

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SOURCE: Variety, Chris Willman