Grammy winning and Platinum selling artist-songwriter Chris Tomlin launched his "Holy Roar Tour" with sold-out shows last week and today he is offering more live music with the release of a new live album HOLY ROAR: LIVE FROM CHURCH. The album, recorded at a church in Nashville in front of 200 worship leaders, contains seven songs from Chris' HOLY ROAR album released last fall, including the new radio single and rising worship song "Is He Worthy?," plus a song by Pat Barrett, who is signed to Chris' imprint label Bowyer & Bow.
"I'm so excited to be releasing this live music today and to be performing these songs on tour this spring," said Chris. "I want to write songs that give people a voice to sing and fill the churches. It's not just a studio recording, but you hear all the people and the life that's in that. I think this is so important to have this because you hear the songs in the truest form in which they were written," he shared with the papers.
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Holy Roar Live From Church Album Review From Chris Tomlin| Posted March 26, 2019 This is a awesome live worship album from Chris Tomlin. I loved all of the songs on this album. I also loved the live version of Build My Life from Pat Barrett on this album. I would loved a live version of Resurrection Power on this album but it didn't make it at all. I did love some of the songs from the Holy Roar that did make it which were Holy Roar, Is He Worthy?, Goodness Love, And Mercy, Impact, Praise Is The Highway, Praise Him Forever, and Nobody Loves Me Like You. I would say it is one of my favorite worship albums from Chris Tomlin. I did love the Holy Roar album as it is a real awesome worship album. I would say three favorite songs were Praise Him Forever, Praise Is The Highway, and Nobody Loves Me Like You. I would highly recomend this album to fans of Chris Tomlin. I would also highly recommend it to any fans of worship music. Get it as soon as you can :)
Live Worship from Chris Tomlin| Posted March 20, 2019
I’ve enjoyed Chris Tomlin’s music for several years. For years, I would look forward to the new songs he introduced each January at the Passion conference in Atlanta (and following live album), and also his own solo albums. His 2016 studio album Never Lose Sight was my favorite album of that year. His latest studio album, Holy Roar, was released last October. The album was good, but not great, and I found that it was one that I didn’t go back to listen to a lot after it’s initial release. It was also his first album since 2004’s Arriving to not hit the top of the Christian charts, topping out at #3 and only #103 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart (2013’s Burning Lights hit #1 on both).
So, I found it surprising that Tomlin would release a live album comprised of seven songs from Holy Roar, plus one from Pat Barrett (who is signed to Tomlin’s label, and who is also with Tomlin on the current Holy Roar tour), recorded in front of 200 worship leaders at a small church in east Nashville. Tomlin’s music is best heard live in a worship setting (concert or church) and that’s probably why he wanted these songs to be heard in that context. The album is also a nice tie-in with the tour, which kicked off a week before the album was released.
For the most part however, the performances here are not different enough from the studio versions for most listeners to purchase this new live album. The exceptions would be Tomlin’s live version of Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive’s “Is He Worthy?”, which was released as part of a three song EP ahead of the full album and his “Goodness, Love and Mercy”, which brings more energy than the studio version.