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Eastern Iowa native makes it big in music

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WATERLOO (KWWL)-- Toby Mac is currently one of the most popular and best-selling Christian recording artists.  Mac is now touring with his "Diversity City" band and playing a show at the McCleod Center in Cedar Falls Saturday night.  One of the band members calls eastern Iowa home.

Tim Rosenau is passionate about music.  It's a passion that's now turned into a profession as he plays lead guitar for Toby Mac's Diverse City band.

"It really is the best job ever.  I get to sleep in.  I get people that cheer for me every night," Rosenau said.

But his success didn't happen overnight.

"My parents got me a guitar when I was 18.  I went to school and studied jazz, but rock and roll stole my heart.  I moved to Nashville when I was 25, 26.  I worked at Radio Shack for a year, then just ended up at an audition with Toby and it worked out," Rosenau said.

Rosenau's early childhood was spent in Cedar Falls, and he went through school in Monticello.  His parents, Mick and Elaine Rosenau, returned to the Cedar Valley about a decade ago.  Tim's love of music is largely rooted from his family, who are also musical.

"Elaine's family, her mother, is an excellent pianist.  And Elaine is very talent.  And I did some studying of music down at Drake.  We have just always enjoyed it, and it's always been a part of our family," said Mick Rosenau, Tim's dad.

Even while on the road, Rosenau keeps in close contact with his parents in Iowa and his wife and children in Tennessee.  Being back in his hometown to play a concert is a real thrill but also a bit nerve racking.

"It means the world.  I have all my family back here, some of my best friends from my whole life that I met between the ages of 19 and 25, people that I'll know for the rest of my life and love-- they're going to be here tonight.  It's always a hard show because wherever you look in the crowd, you recognize someone.  So I tend to get a little nervous," said Rosenau.

His family has traveled to several cities to watch him perform, and they couldn't be prouder of his accomplishments and the positive musical path he's chosen.

"He's always been very gifted in music.  And we really, there's no doubt that we ever had, that that was his gift and that's probably what he was created to do.  So we're just so thankful this is the route that he went," said Elaine Rosenau, Tim's mom.

Rosenau loves the road and playing music to packed houses.  His band mates have become best friends and a second family.  But being away from his wife, kids, and other family members isn't easy.  He's just glad to represent them, his faith, and his eastern Iowa roots from the studio to every stage he plays.

Rosenau, Toby Mac and the band will get a break after the Cedar Falls show.  The next date on their "Winter Wonder Slam" tour is February 18 in Canton, Ohio.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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