From his rural Texas roots, cutting his chops on his father’s Country-Western record collection, to the small Baptist church where he was first compelled by congregational singing, and now in his current position as the definitive worship leader for the worldwide church, Chris Tomlin has always been motivated to provide spiritual seekers a voice to talk with God through music. “Even as a kid, when I played at church, I loved the sound of people singing,” Chris says, remembering his first impressions of hearing his home congregation raise the roof in praise. “I had no clue I would become a worship leader. I just loved to play music that people could sing with, and I loved it when people would sing to God.”
Fast-forward thirty years and the artist whose humble demeanor suggests music is as much his heart’s calling as a heady career has sold millions of albums, streamed billions of tracks, spawned 16 #1 radio singles and been awarded with multiple RIAA Gold and Platinum certifications, and a list of Grammy, Dove, Billboard Music and American Music Awards.
Touted by TIME Magazine as “the most often sung artist anywhere,” on any given Sunday tens of millions of people in churches across the globe sing songs from Chris’ rich, worship-focused catalog. Consistently ranking in the Top 20 of the CCLI Top 100 chart years after initial release, his benchmark anthems include “At the Cross (Love Ran Red),” “Our God” and “How Great is our God” – one of the fastest rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. His latest #1 single-turned-corporately sung staple, “Good, Good Father,” was RIAA certified Gold after spending 15 weeks atop the Billboard Top Christian Tracks Chart.
Further cementing the profound impact of his widely sung songs, Chris joined Garth Brooks, Justin Timberlake and Pitbull as the fourth artist in digital music history to receive the prestigious Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 billion digital radio streams.
Affirming his lifetime calling to “write songs that help people worship God,” Chris continues to evolve in his musical leadership role for the nation with the recent inauguration of Worship Night in America events – unifying the church through an evening of worship through music and prayer. Over the last few years, live Worship Night in America events have sold out historic venues like New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and last year’s nationwide theatricast sold over 60,000 tickets to viewings on more than 440 screens. “The church has been leading with politics for too long,” Chris opines. “The church’s place in the world is to lead with prayer. And one of music’s roles is to help us see more clearly through the fogginess of current events.”
“Worship is much more about seeing than it is singing. Worship opens our eyes and helps us see the truth in our faith.”
CHRIS TOMLIN| Posted August 16, 2014
I have no words.................... artist just ministers to me through all his albums. Even if he is to release a new album, I will buy it before even sampling it because I know that it is worth it!
THE MOST UPLIFTING ENERGETIC ARTIST| Posted November 05, 2013
THERE IS NOTHING I LOVE MORE THAN BEING AT ONE OF CHRIS TOMLINS CONCERTS. HE CAN ERASE ANY BAD THOUGHT, OR SITUATION AND LEAVE YOU WITH HOPE AND INSPIRATION TO TACKLE ALL THE ENEMYS OF THIS WORLD. HE IS TRULY A GIFT FROM GOD!
One of the Best!| Posted October 15, 2012
Chris Tomlin is one of the first Christian artists I listened to. He remains ome of my top favorite artists for these reasons:
His voice! In my opinion, Chris has one of the clearest genuine voices out there. It's a pleasure to listen to him.
His lyrics are always God-centered and thought provoking. They are steeped in the Scriptures, and always sound in theology.
His melodies are not only beautiful but also very singable.
All in all, Chris Tomlin's music makes you want to sing! He has blessed the Church with a wonderful gift through his songwriting.
great artist| Posted March 21, 2011
chris tomlin is one of my favorite artists. he is my favorite worship leader. if you live anywhere near atlanta, you need to visit his church. he is absolutely amazing.
And If Our God Is For Us...| Posted February 14, 2011
I got Chris Tomlin's new CD 'And If Our God Is For Us...' for Christmas and it is sooo beautiful. I think my favorite song is probably 'Faithful' I could listen to it over and over again :)
Humble Worship Leader| Posted February 07, 2011
While I have not personally seen Chris Tomlin in concert, one of the things that I appreciate about him is his humility. It comes through when watching videos of him, and I have also been told by people who have seen him how humble and anointed he is in concert. Chris has been given a remarkable gift in writing very singable, sometimes anthemic, worship songs for the church. Among his greatest hits are "How Great Is Our God," "Holy Is the Lord," and more recently, "Our God." From the more "mainstream" selection of worship artists, I definitely rank Chris Tomlin among my top picks!