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God and Country
Posted July 30, 2020
By JasminPatterson_NRT, Staff Reviewer

What You Need To Know
For his thirteenth album, Chris Tomlin joins with several mainstream Country artists to sing songs of faith in God. On Chris Tomlin & Friends, the passionate devotion of worship music and the captivating storytelling of Country music collide. The singles "Thank You Lord," featuring Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line, and "Who You Are To Me," featuring Lady A, were released ahead of the album. 

This creative collaborative project also features several more of the most well-known and beloved artists in Christian and Country music: Brett Young, Cassadee Pope, Chris Lane, RaeLynn, Russell Dickerson, Blessing Offor, We The Kingdom, and Bear Rineheart of NEEDTOBREATHE.

What It Sounds Like
From country ballad meets prayerful worship ("Reaching For You," "Be The Moon") to country anthem meets joyful praise ("Thank You Lord," "Power"), every song on this album really is heartfelt, engaging and special in its own right. The songs express such a wide range of testimonies in the life of following Jesus as well. Acknowledging God's good gifts in life, believing that God hears our prayers, trusting the name of Jesus above all else, praising God's character and many more themes appear on the album.

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights
One of my favorite messages on the album is in "God Who Listens." The lyrics encourage us I'm not just hoping/I'm not just wishing/I'm know praying to a God who listens. It's a sentiment that will connect with many. For the Christian who's become discouraged in prayer or the seeker who wonders if God is real, we all need a reminder sometimes that God is close and He hears us when we call to Him.

Best Song On The Record
Upbeat and fun "Thank You Lord," featuring Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett, is the winner for best song on the album. It's surely going to be a favorite for you to drive to on a sunny day. The song perfectly brings together the core lyrical themes of both the Contemporary Christian and Country genres–expressing faith in God and appreciating the beauty in life's profoundly simple experiences. The artists sing about gratefulness for God's blessings in the big and small moments of life, the good times and the hard times.

For Fans Of
NEEDTOBREATHE, Brandon Heath, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Ellie Holcomb

Final Word
Chris Tomlin & Friends is an album that will appeal to fans of Christian music, country music and lovers of all genres. It's a significant project in that it brings Christian and mainstream artists together, not only to make music, but to share their faith with one another and with their audience. Both in music and in message this album will resonate with you, wherever you may be in musical interest or spiritual journey.

Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify

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