About DiverseCity

Simply put, DiverseCity is TobyMac’s band—the musicians and singers who tour with him and make the songs come alive on stage. These talented guys and gal have been with him pretty much since the beginning of his solo career.

Get to know them through the following Q&As.

 

Gabe Real Patillo

Mr. Everything….go to him and get what you need to find or hear! Multi-tasker. Droppin knowledge with a game controller in hand. —TobyMac

What is your role in DiverseCity?
I’m the “hype” man and background singer.  I do more sweating than both of those things though….

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DiverseCity?
We have an amazing group of guys and one gal.  The relationships I’ve made in this band will be life long.  The traveling is great, but the fellowship and ministry that goes on on our bus is incredible.

Share a memorable experience from your time on the road.
It has to be when we recently played Time Square.  I just never thought I would ever do that.  I watch the ball drop on television every year and wondered what it would be like to play in the middle of Time Square.  Now and I know.  On top of just having the experience, is knowing that the gospel was shared in an amazing way to a city that desperately needs it.

Who are your musical heroes?
Heroes is hard to say…. I grew up not wanting to do music even though my house was filled with it.  Early on I LOVED the old stuff.  Frank Sinatra and Nate King Cole were the soundtrack to my childhood.

How do you unwind?
If you talk to me more than 10 minutes then you know I’m really into video games.  Always have been.  I even host a podcast called Married to the Games.

Which Biblical figure do you most identify with and why?
Probably Moses.  Not because I feel like a leader, but because I feel so ill equipped for what God has given me to do.  To me, it’s a joke that I’m with Toby.  In the band we’re always asking, “Can this be real life?”  And that’s how I feel about most of my life.  Jesus has given me so much that I don’t deserve.  So I’ll keep givin’ it back until I can’t any more.

Tell us about your efforts (musical or otherwise) outside of DiverseCity.
Like I said I host a podcast (Married to the Games) where we talking about gaming from a husband and father’s perspective and I’ve also started to dip my toe into voice over work.  I’m a songwriter and have written a couple songs with Jamie Grace, Toby, Hollyn, Jordan Feliz, Ryan Stevenson, and some others.  Outside of all that I’m a husband and dad to two little ones.  Amara, our little girl, and the newest addition to the family, our little boy Remy.

Endorsements or preferred equipment:
1964 Ears! They’ve been awesome and I love ’em.  It feels like I didn’t have real in-ear monitors until I got these joints.

Words of advice to someone who wants to play music for a living:
Don’t!!  I’m just kidding.  Lay it before Christ.  Let him take you where you should go.  We so often see people get really popular really fast and fizzle out quickly or start making really bad decisions.  The grind is fun and helps you appreciate where you are and where you could end up!

Nirva “Nirvessence” Ready

Our queen of the bus….We stay in line!! Makes us do vocal warm-ups. A true Worshiper at heart! —TobyMac

What is your role in DiverseCity?
I fulfill the role of Vocalist/Queen D/Mother Goose/”Use choice words, a girl is on the bus…”

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DiverseCity?
The ministry, travel, music and the hang.

Share a memorable experience from your time on the road.
There are too many to choose from. After 14 years on the road, they begin to stack up. But going back to my hometown of Chicago and seeing my family enjoy what I do was pretty cool. A couple of our trips to Europe come to mind. I never thought I’d get to see the world like I have. London and Paris are my favorites.

Who are your musical heroes?
My musical heroes have changed over the past few years. TobyMac goes with saying. I love Hillsong, Israel Houghton, Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston, Cece Winans, even Claude Debussy. Lately I’m a fan of Taya Smith.

How do you unwind?
My favorite is chilling out with my hubby, having a great cup of coffee, at home, and reading a really good book. Second place is a great jog around the lake in my hometown.

Which Biblical figure do you most identify with and why?
David—although a hot mess at times, he was a worshiper and a man after God’s own heart.

Tell us about your efforts (musical or otherwise) outside of DiverseCity.
I’m a worship leader at my home church. I also travel with other musical artists on the road. I enjoy giving vocal lessons on my time off as well. Seth (my husband) and I have released an EP on iTunes called I Need You and we just signed a record deal with Integrity Music.

Endorsements or preferred equipment:
No endorsements… I prefer Anthropologie clothing and Sephora for makeup¸ throat tea with honey for sore or hoarse vocal chords.

Words of advice to someone who wants to play music for a living:
pray and practice… “Aim for heaven and you’ll get both heaven and earth, aim for just earth and you’ll get neither.”

Toddiefunk

Historical music knowledge that is humanly impossible….. believes cleanliness is next to Godliness. Gets his church ON! —TobyMac

What is your role in DiverseCity? 
I play bass guitar in DiverseCity. I keep the bass funky and movin’, always movin’. Low like B flat, below C level, feel me?!

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DiverseCity?
Being an integral part of something much larger than myself and my personal agenda.  Moving individuals closer to the Lord through music.

Share a memorable experience from your time on the road.
I really can’t  think of anything in particular at the moment, but every moment with my road family is memorable.  The challenge to be selfless to serve and love others well. The challenge to be open and transparent when trying to carry too much of a  load by myself. It’s like family out there, it’s fun and sometimes it’s heavy, it’s life…it’s DiverseCity baby!

Who are your musical heroes?
James Brown, Sly (Sylvester Stewart) & the Family Stone, J5 (the Jackson Five), Michael Jackson, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Jaco Pastorious, Stanley Clark, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten.

How do you unwind?
I’ll play my bass, just play it you know? Or I may work on a specific technique or work on a lesson. I’m on modes and arpeggios right now! Create new music, write music, read and or study the Bible. Or simply watch a Bible lesson from one of my favorite Bible scholars.

Which Biblical figure do you most identify with and why?
For me personally, in third place right behind Yeshua the Messiah and John the Baptist, Elijah.  Due to his fierce courage for Yahweh, the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! He challenged the status quo of his day and faced them head on and made no apologies. He went hard for God. He challenged Baal on behalf of his own God, Yahweh and challenges Jezebel, and her priests, Ahab and the people of Isreal.

Tell us about your efforts (musical or otherwise)outside of DiverseCity.
Right now I’m working on a new single to be released  on Save The City Records called “NewCity!” Former DiverseCity member Shonlock and I share writers on this joint. Super fun[k], fun with a “k” with a timely message.  Also, writing music for other artists and working on a few other efforts that are gonna be hot! So keep it tuned to www.toddiefunk.com and Official Toddiefunk Facebook!

Endorsements or preferred equipment:
I am so honored to be among privileged artists who are able to participate in the wonderful world of endorsements! I use Levy’s Leathers gig bags  and straps, Dunlop strings, MXR effect pedals, Mackie PA and recording products, Bluesman Vintage Guitars Jazz basses and I’ve recently partnered with Marco Bass Guitars to produce the “Toddiefunk” signature Jazz Bass by Marco Cortes and Todde Lawton.  The bass will be available to the public soon!

Words of advice to someone who wants to play music for a living:
Stay humble and allow God to work in you and through you for HIS glory. Practice, practice and still practice! Your faith and preparation will create the opportunity for God to open the right doors for you!

Brian “B.” Haley

Road sports coordinator. A changed man. Always seeking a gym and a smoothie. Inspiring speaker! —TobyMac

What is your role in DiverseCity?
Drummer/Speaker/Encourager

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DiverseCity?
The sense of team and community. Brothers and sisters from all
different backgrounds.

Share a memorable experience from your time on the road.
The first time I ever saw Toby climbing the side truss of a stage at 40
ft. in the air and performing. I thought to myself, man this is one
crazy white boy! Toby, that’s my dude. To this day that still never
gets old to me.

Who are your musical heroes?
Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson…Run DMC, N.W.A,
Tupac, Beastie Boys, Prince, Hawkins Family, Hezekiah Walker, John P.
Kee, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Metallica, Led Zepplin,
Korn, Mint Condition, George Clinton/Parliament Funkadelic, Roger
Troutman, Mr. Talkbox, Beyonce’, Justin Timberlake, and so many more!

How do you unwind?
Meditate/Study the Word, Sports

Which Biblical figure do you most identify with and why?
Jesus, because of his purpose. Being different and in the midst
changing everything. His desire of loving, uniting, and building a
community of one for His father. In our society we try to control
people or change them. We can often ostracize them. We tell them to
sit still and shut up. But nobody does what Jesus did- embrace people.
Sit in the muck and mire and mess of their lives and love them. Jesus
reached out to people. He touched their wounds; he validated their
pain. He met them exactly where they were. The majority of Jesus’ life
and ministry took places in homes, workplaces, and community
settings…only a handful of moments were in overtly religious places. We
push an agenda. Jesus took time to simply be there. We judge people.
Jesus saw their hearts. We give answers. Jesus asked questions. We
talk. Jesus listened. We build a wall and tell people all the amazing
reasons why they should climb over to join us on our side so they can be
part of the “in crowd”. Jesus built common ground. We use abstract
religious words. Jesus spoke their language. We devalue and judge.
Jesus invited!

Tell us about your efforts (musical or otherwise) outside of DiverseCity.
Thee United 1, breeds the message/campaign “WE ARE 1”. To continue the
cause of Jesus through loving and uniting. We Are 1 Clothing brand.

Endorsements or preferred equipment:
Regal Tip Sticks, Sabian Cymbals

Words of advice to someone who wants to play music for a living:
Pray and practice. Practice and pray. And do it to serve. It’s all about what we can give not what we can get.


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DJ Maj

He’s our Yoda. The “real” force is with him. He offers old school wisdom with a smile that may leave you pondering for days. —TobyMac

What is your role in DiverseCity?
DJ/Trombone/Genius

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DiverseCity?
I have the closest thing to family while doing one of the many things I love.  It’s hard to believe sometimes.  I guess God really knows what He’s doing after all.

Share a memorable experience from your time on the road.
I’ll never forget the time Timmy convinced me to fish with him.  It required us walking through grass which appeared to be 10 feet high in my mind (it wasn’t that tall, I was just that afraid of a snake bite).  Dude walked through that junk like it was his back yard.  That’s when I was able to introduce Tim to the  phrase, “That’s Some White People Stuff.”   It made us closer.  Really close. It made us so close that I walked 2 feet behind him the whole time. We still chuckle about it to this day. It’s been a fly relationship ever since.  No pun.

Who are your musical heroes?
My high school jazz band director was instrumental in developing my appreciation of the pioneers from the Big Band era. It was required listening.  At the time of this post, my contemporary era looks are: Jay (for bars), Ye (for beats), DJing – Kraze, Party DJ – Aoki, Israel Houghton, Primo, *Kendrick, Lecrae, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix,  Bobby Mcferrin, *Bob Marley, Switchfoot, Jill Scott, *The Roots, *Common, Bill Withers, Wynton Marsalis, Soup The Chemist, and my mom-n’em

How do you unwind?
FISHING! Period.

Which Biblical figure do you most identify with and why?
That’s hard.  Moses was my real dude.  I love that he doubted himself yet he was willing to do everything with 100% effort regardless.  Then there’s Jacob. He’s my guy too. He was a stand-up guy.  Any man who walks with a slight limp is a man who can be trusted (Vito Corleone face). Lastly, Joseph. Let’s just say Joseph is my middle name. We’re both “dreamers”.

Tell us about your efforts (musical or otherwise) outside of DiverseCity.
Check out the music & free party mix downloads: djmaj.com
Blogs: djmaj.com/blog

I’ll get the rest of these songs out to the world at some point.  I just need a cure for this Dr Dre syndrome.

Endorsements or preferred equipment:
In Ear Monitors – 1964ears.com
Dj Stuff – rane.com

Words of advice to someone who wants to play music for a living:
I always say to find someone who is good at what they do and serve them. Be a follower for a season.  Lastly, let your business be a service and you’ll never go out of business.


DaveWyatt365

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Dave “D-Dub” Wyatt

Runnin’ the musical show at 20 Below. Keeps us (but mostly himself) laughing. Keeps us up with the political landscape. —TobyMac

What is your role in DiverseCity?
Keys and Music Director

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DiverseCity?
Being forced to hang out with my besties

Share a memorable experience from your time on the road.
Playing in Time’s Square

Who are your musical heroes?
Tim Rosenau, B. Haley, Toddiefunk, djMaj

How do you unwind?
Run, Read and/or Netflix

Which Biblical figure do you most identify with and why?
Thomas. I can be a bit of a skeptic at times.

Tell us about your efforts (musical or otherwise) outside of DiverseCity.
Working hard to always be in the moment, because once it’s gone, it’s gone

Endorsements or preferred equipment:
Yamaha Motif series is a great all around keyboard. Anything Moog, but especially the Sub37. The Nord Electro 5. 1964 ears.

Words of advice to someone who wants to play music for a living:
Learn your craft and the art of paying the bills while doing so.


Tim Rosenau

Tim “Timmy Rose” Rosenau

Fly-fishin’ true artist in touch with his inner man. Tells it like it is…. in love. A bit clumsy :) —TobyMac

What is your role in DiverseCity?
Guitar, Trumpet, BgVs, Popping and Locking

What is your favorite thing about being a part of DiverseCity?
The people. They make it possible for me to come home to my family a better man. I love every single one of them like crazy!

Share a memorable experience from your time on the road.
We had the opportunity to play The Great Jones County Fair in Monticello, IA where I grew up. It’s a very small town, and the “welcome home” was staggering. My wonderful mother-in-law welcomed the whole band, my family, and friends and neighbors to the farm where we ate an incredible, down home Iowa meal and relaxed. The show that night was emotional to say the least. Looking out and seeing my best childhood buddy, Mark and his wife Stacy front and center, my high school music directors, teachers, coaches, and of course my family in the crowd was overwhelming. Toby was very generous with the spotlight that night as well. The weather was beautiful. The Farm was beautiful. And my wife is beautiful.

Who are your musical heroes?
Dave Grohl. Miles Davis. Hendrix. CB30

How do you unwind?
I Fly Fish. I’d rather fly fish than eat, sleep, and sometimes breathe.

Which Biblical figure do you most identify with and why?
Barabbas. Jesus took the place of that wretched man. Just like me.

Tell us about your efforts (musical or otherwise) outside of DiverseCity.
Striving to be the best husband and father I possibly can, to be the best fly fisherman I possibly can. And I produce and write music.

Endorsements or preferred equipment:
PRS Guitars, McPherson Guitars, DR Strings, Wampler Pedals, Truetone Pedals, 1964 ears, Bass Pro shops.

Words of advice to someone who wants to play music for a living:
Pray, practice hard, get around people who are better, repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.