Contemporary Christian Music icon TobyMac is launching a new foundation for young artists in honor of his son Truett McKeehan, who passed away at the age of 21. The Truett Foster Foundation will help young creatives pursue their dreams.
“Truett Foster Mckeehan had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match. Since the age of 12, he knew he wanted to make music. Dreams are so important to kids growing up. Too many kids do not have the financial ability to pursue their dreams. We want to use this fund to help kids do just that. Get an education, to pursue music, to get the chance to live their dream,” the foundation’s website says. “Truett would have loved that.”
TobyMac and his wife Amanda will select scholarship recipients from the Global Orphan Project.
Truett McKeehan passed away at home just a few days after his first live show. Over the course of his brief career, he rapped under the names truDog, Tru and Shiloh and collaborated with his father on a few songs. TobyMac was present for his son’s show and shared his memories of his son’s performance on a Facebook post.
“As I stood in the audience and watch my son bring joy to a room, I was as proud as a ‘pop’ (as Tru called me) could be,” he wrote. “It was the culminating moment of a dream that he had since he was 12. It couldn’t have been sweeter. Our music and what we say lyrically couldn’t be more different, but the outcome was much the same … offering a room full of people a few minutes of joy in a crazy world.”