GRAMMY winner and worship leader Chris Tomlin surprised fans this week with the release of a brand new radio single “Nobody Loves Me Like You” and an EP of the same name. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” will be released to radio on September 14th.
This four track EP is just a preview of what to expect from Tomlin this year as his all new Holy Roar studio album has a street date of October 26th. A companion book Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change the Way You Worship will be available October 23.
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Chris Tomlin Surprises With a Holy Roar| Posted August 22, 2018 What You Need To Know: Chris Tomlin is a household name. Almost every song that Tomlin touches turns to gold—and the music of choice for worship pastors. Singer Pat Barrett’s "Good, Good Father" became a Sunday morning favorite when Tomlin released his studio rendition of the piece.
Now, Tomlin is set to drop his next album, HOLY ROAR, on October 26. To complement the album, he will release his book, “Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change the Way You Worship,” three days before HOLY ROAR’s release on October 23. This is where the anticipation begins to build. But, Tomlin has intensified that anticipation by dropping the Nobody Loves Me Like You - EP, a music trailer of four new songs from his forthcoming album.
As far a reason for the preview, Tomlin says to USA Today: “I am so energized by this new music, I couldn’t wait to share a few songs ahead of the HOLY ROAR album.”
What it Sounds Like:
Tomlin has opted to return to familiar sounds from previous offerings, particularly his ballads. In fact, three out of five songs on the Nobody Loves Me Like You - EP are ballads. Tomlin also adds the classic "Our God" to the EP's line up. Spiritual Highlights:
From start to finish, Tomlin continues his lyrical praise to Jesus in each song. Two examples are the album-title tune, "Nobody Loves Me Like You" where Chris sings “God, You are faithful and true/Nobody loves me like You” and "Satisfied" which says "Let Your glory flood my life/Let Your beauty fill my sight/Come and carry me away/Only then will I be satisfied.” Tomlin uses Psalm 23 as his inspiration in,"Goodness, Love And Mercy:" “Oh Lord, You're my shepherd/You make me lie in fields of green/You lead me by the still waters.” Best Song on the Record:
When I listen to a new Tomlin record, I’m always looking for power ballads similar to "I Will Rise" and "Sovereign." The tune "Nobody Loves Me Like You" easily fits the bill. A good song doesn’t let the lyrics do the talking; instead the music amplifies the song’s message, leaving listeners to raise their arms in praise. In other words, it’s a perfect fit for Sunday morning worship.
For Fans Of: Matt Maher, Steven Curtis Chapman, Matt Redman Final Word:
The Nobody Loves Me Like You - EP is a satiating appetizer before the five-star steak meal, HOLY ROAR. Hopefully the main course doesn’t disappoint, but I believe it will meet the quality that we've come to expect from Chris Tomlin.
Surprise Sneak Peak at New Album| Posted August 18, 2018 Holy Roar, Chris Tomlin’s first full-length album since 2016’s Never Lose Sight, which was my top album for that year, will be released October 26. In advance of the album comes this surprise EP, with four songs from the album, plus a bonus track. The songs are produced by Ed Cash and Bryan Fowler.
The album’s companion book “Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change the Way You Worship” by Tomlin and his pastor Darren Whitehead of Nashville’s Church of the City, will be re-released October 23.
Here are a few brief comments on each of the songs on the new EP:
Nobody Loves Me Like You – Tomlin’s next single, this song is written by Scott Cash and Ed Cash. It begins quietly with soft guitar and then builds with piano, drums, backing vocals and a joyous chorus about the love of Jesus. Key lyric: Nobody loves me like You love me, Jesus I stand in awe of Your amazing ways
I worship You as long as I am breathing
God, You are faithful and true
Nobody loves me like You
Satisfied – This song is written by Jason Ingram, Ross Copperman and Tomlin. Driven by an excellent drum beat, and hand claps, this upbeat and joyful song will sound great on the radio and in concert. Tomlin sings that as he counts his blessings he couldn’t ask for more. In God he is satisfied. Nothing and no one else will ever satisfy.
Key lyric: I count my blessings one by one Your goodness in my life
How could I ask for more
In You, I'm satisfied
Goodness, Love and Mercy – This song is written by Ed Cash, NEEDTOBREATHE’s Bo Rinehart and Bear Rinehart and Tomlin. The mid-tempo song opens with acoustic guitar and gently builds, featuring some good piano, guitar and backing vocals. It is a worship song based on Psalm 23.
Key lyric: Surely goodness, love and mercy Will follow wherever I go
Impact – This song is written by Mitch Wong, Tommy Sjostrom and Tomlin. The worship song begins with piano and strings. It gently builds, as Tomlin sings of waiting, surrender and laying down his defenses, to a powerful bridge in which he sings of love like a mighty river and rushing wind.
Key lyric: As I worship in surrender I feel heaven drawing closer
As I lay down my defenses
Your love invades
And I brace for the impact
Our God – This song, perhaps my all-time favorite from Tomlin, from 2010 is written by Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Jesse Reeves and Tomlin. This is a great song, but I’m not sure why it is included on the EP.