The St. Nemele Collab Sessions is the newest project from TobyMac. Featuring fan favorites "I just need U.," "Everything," & "The Elements," multiple producers and artists joined Toby to reinvent these songs from his smash album The Elements just in time for summer. Featured artists include Bart Millard (of MercyMe), Crowder, Jen Ledger, Jordan Feliz, Matt Maher, Cory Asbury, & many more! The St. Nemele Collab Sessions is capped off with one never before released track, "Heart Of My Beat."
"The St. Nemele Sessions took these songs somewhere else," remarked TobyMac. "I've wanted to do a collab record since the beginning of my solo artistry. I came up producing and writing DcTalk songs so I was used to having a vocal arsenal at my fingertips, which I think keeps songs interesting. This is a dream lineup of guest artists and each bring their own vocal uniqueness to the remixes of The Elements. The power of collaboration is undeniable and reminds me that there is purpose in our diversity. There's nothing better than guest artists taking songs to new heights, and remixers putting their own creative spin on songs that are part of my heart and soul."
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The Elements (feat. Ledger) (Neon Feather Remix)
Hello Future (feat. Crowder) (DJ Maj Par-T Side Remix)
The Elements Redefined| Posted October 04, 2019 What You Need To Know:
Toby “Tobymac” McKeehan grew up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia mostly influenced by the culture of neighboring Washington D.C. Since the start of his solo career in 2001 apart from the legendary dc Talk, Tobymac has recorded seven studio albums, five remix projects, two Christmas albums, and two live projects. He’s devoted a remix project to every studio album with the exception of This Is Not A Test.
The most recent offering of The St. Nemele Collab Sessions is comprised of song remixes from Tobymac’s 2018 studio effort, The Elements. This remix project is unique as it includes several featured artists from the Christian music industry and offers a brand-new song.
What It Sounds Like:
Refreshing is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of the sonic value of The St. Nemele Collab Sessions. In years past, the other four remix projects didn’t include vocal additions from featured artists. Tobymac stuck to the formula of inviting some of the industry-best producers and industry friends to provide a new touch on original tracks. This time around, he borrowed vocal offerings from some of the most well-known artists in Christian music. Ledger, Crowder, Bart Millard, Jordan Feliz, Cory Asbury, Matt Maher to name a few of the invited guests.
With the focus being more-so on collaborations, each track has a personalized feel set aside from the original song. A formula for success separates from the repetitive notion to solely change the beat on remixes. This project breathes new life into the original songs found on The Elements from a year ago.
First up, we have “The Elements – Neon Feather Remix” featuring Ledger kicking the project off. Ledger’s adlibs and harmonies add an edge to the original. Combined with the beauty the usual Neon Feather remix adds, the first track is one of the favorites.
“I just need U. – Tide Electric Remix” featuring Cory Asbury is a standout track too. Not solely because of the inclusion of Asbury, but the brilliance of Tide Electric. The calm, slow buildup into powerful drums and a certain beauty remains throughout the track to pronounce it not only as melodic, but a track you can bob your head to.
“Heart Of My Beat” ends the project on a high note being a completely new original track. It’s catchy and easy to repeat the hook for hours. Therefore, your typical Tobymac track.
Tobymac has possessed a 29-year career (11 years with dc Talk, 18 years solo). Defined as a solidified “Jesus Freak,” expressing his faith through music has never been an issue. There are touches of spirituality throughout this remix project. “See The Light – Ruslan Remix” speaks how the light of Christ takes away burdens, obstacles and weakness focusing on the strength and love our Savior provides. “Scars (Come Wit Livin’) – Neon Feather Remix speaks in-depth about-facing trails in life and using those weaknesses as strengths in our faith. To do mighty things for the Kingdom. Toby is defined by his faith, always has and always will.
Best Song on the Record:
Many gems stick out on this project, however, “Horizon (A New Day) – Stereovision Remix” featuring Aaron Cole struck a chord with me personally. Cole has always remained a favorite artist of mine. The fact he bodied the added verse on this track confirmed its spot in my heart. The switch from background keys in the original to a driving acoustic on the remix was the cherry on top. This track remains on repeat regardless of the week.
Final Word: The Elements stood as one of my top three Toby projects until this remix project arrived. Now, the two mixed collectively could claim the number one spot. I’m a sucker for collaborations, especially when done properly. Toby enlisted top-notch producers and heavyweights from around the industry to join him while finetuning songs that will resonate in the heart for years to come.
TobyMac The St. Nemele Collab Sessions Review| Posted October 14, 2019 This is awesome remix collab album from TobyMac. It features awesome Christian artists in this album. It does Ledger, Cory Asbury, Crowder, Bart Millard, Jordan Feliz, Sarah Reeves, Matt Maher, Terrian, Cochren & Co, Aaron Cole, and Jonathan McReynolds. I love every remix of this album. But I would say my three most remixes for The Elements, Scars (Come With Livin), and Edge Of My Seat. I also love the new song on this album called Heart Of My Beat. Been listening to it on repeat every since I got the album. I would highly recommend this album to any TobyMac fans. This album is also different from his other remix albums since he didn't have any collabs on his other remix albums. Be sure to get this album as soon as you can :)
"The Elements" Remixes and One New Song| Posted August 29, 2019 The latest project from TobyMac is his fifth remix album. The project includes new mixes of 10 of the 11 songs from his excellent 2018 album The Elements (only “Starts with Me” is not included here), and one new song “Heart of My Beat”. Each song has a different producer and guest vocalist. I’m not usually a fan of remix projects, but this one is pretty good, featuring a few of my favorite artists (Crowder and Matt Maher), some others who are well known (Jen Ledger, Bart Millard, Jordan Feliz, Cory Asbury and Sarah Reeves) as well as some others that I was not familiar with. As with all of TobyMac’s projects, the production is of a high quality. Even with the diversity of producers and guest vocalist, the project has a cohesive feel. The full track list, with guest vocalist and producer is listed below: The Elements, with guest vocalist Jen Ledger of Skillet. Produced by Neon Feather. Hello Future, with guest vocalist Crowder. Produced by DJ Maj Par-T Side. Overflow, with guest vocalist Bart Millard of Mercy Me. Produced by Willyecho See The Light, with guest vocalist Jordan Feliz. Produced by RUSLAN. Everything, with guest vocalist Jonathan McReynolds. Produced by Capital Kings. I Just Need U, with guest vocalist Cory Asbury. Produced by Tide Electric. It's You, with guest vocalists Matt Maher and Terrian. Produced by Tide Electric. Horizon (A New Day), with guest vocalist Aaron Cole (who guested on “Starts with Me” on The Elements). Produced by Stereovision. Scars (Come With Livin'), with guest vocalist Sarah Reeves. Produced by Neon Feather. A highlight. Edge Of My Seat, with guest vocalist Cochren & Co. Produced by THUNDERBIRD. Heart Of My Beat. This is the one new song on the album. The song is produced by JT Daly and written by TobyMac, Daley, Sarah Reeves and Sam Tinnesz. Toby sings that God has been with him every step of the way, opening doors for him and guiding him along His plan. The song has a good beat and memorable chorus.
Key lyrics: From the start to eternity You are the fresh air I breathe
You will always be
The heart of my beat, the heart of my…
You put the soul in my melodies
I write the songs in Your key
Yeah, You will always be
The heart of my beat, the heart of my…
If you haven’t listened to The Elements, I would start there, but this new remix project is enjoyable and certainly worth a listen.