TobyMac releases song dedicated to his son who died unexpectedly in October

Christian rapper TobyMac released “21 Years” Friday, a song that grapples with the unexpected death of his oldest son, Truett Foster McKeehan. 

In releasing “21 Years,” TobyMac shared a note detailing the grief that followed his son’s death. The song provides “an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise that describes the journey I’m probably only beginning,” he said. 

“One thing I know is that I am not alone,” the statement continued. “God didn’t promise us a life of no pain or even tragic death, but He did promise He would never leave us or forsake us. And I’m holding dearly to that promise for my son as well as myself.” 

A sobering, four-minute reflection, TobyMac sings in the chorus: “Are you singin’ with the angels?/ Are you happy where you are?/ Well, until this show is over/ And you run into my arms/ God has you in Heaven/ But I have you in my heart.” 

McKeehan, age 21, died Oct. 23 in Nashville. Metro Nashville Police Department did not initially disclose a cause of death.

An aspiring rapper, McKeehan penned songs under the pseudonyms TRU, Moxie and as truDog. 

In honor of McKeehan, TobyMac and his family launched the Truett Foster Foundation — an organization raising college scholarship funds for underserved youth. 

A Grammy Award-winning artist, TobyMac begins his winter tour later this month in Florida.  

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