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Christopher Dwayne Tomlin (born May 4, 1972)[1] is an American contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader, and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States who has sold over 7 million records.[2] He is a member of Passion Conferences and is signed to EMI's sixstepsrecords. Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Our God", "Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)" and his cover of "Good Good Father".

Christopher Dwayne Tomlin
Chris Tomlin at Piano.jpg
Chris Tomlin performing at the Scottrade Center in 2013.
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Dwayne Tomlin
Born (1972-05-04) May 4, 1972 (age 47)
OriginGrand Saline, Texas, U.S.
GenresContemporary worship music, CCM
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, worship leader
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1993–present
Labelssixsteps (EMI), Sparrow
Associated actsPassion Worship Band
Websitechristomlin.com

Tomlin has been awarded 23 GMA Dove Awards, a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for his 2012 album And If Our God Is For Us, and two RIAA certified platinum albums. Because of his songs' popularity in many contemporary churches, TIME magazine stated he may be the "most often sung artist anywhere".[3] Tomlin's 2013 album Burning Lights debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the fourth CCM album in history to do so.[4]

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Early lifeEdit

Tomlin was born in Grand Saline, Texas in 1972 to Donna and Connie Tomlin. He has two younger brothers, Ryan and Cory. Tomlin was given his first guitar by his father and learned how to play by playing along with Willie Nelson records.[5][6]

Tomlin wrote his first worship song at age fourteen. During high school, he learned to lead worship in his youth group.[5] After graduating from Grand Saline High School in 1990, he entered Tyler Junior College (TJC) planning for a medical or physical therapy career.[7] Tomlin graduated in 1992[8] and enrolled in Texas A&M University to study medicine.[9] He grew active in a campus Christian group called Breakaway, where he became the worship leader.[9] In 1994, Tomlin graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor's degree in psychology.[8][10] After college Tomlin participated as a worship leader at various camps in Texas, including Dawson McAllister Youth Conferences.[11] While at Breakaway, Tomlin participated in a Bible study led by then Choice Ministries founder Louie Giglio.[9] In 1997, Tomlin partnered with Giglio to found Passion Conferences.[12][13]

CareerEdit

In 1995, Tomlin released Inside Your Love, which was released independently.[14] In 1998, he released Authentic on Sparrow Records.[15]

In 2000, Tomlin signed onto newly founded sixstepsrecords, a subsidiary of Passion Conferences.[16] His first nationally released solo project, titled The Noise We Make, was released in 2001, featuring the song "Forever". He released the live EP 545 and his second studio album Not to Us in 2002.[17]

 
Tomlin performing at a concert in Johnson City, Tennessee

Since his signing onto sixstepsrecords, Tomlin has released nine full-length studio albums. 2004's Arriving was the first to chart on Billboard's Hot Christian Albums chart and the Billboard 200. Tomlin has topped the Hot Christian Albums chart six times, and his 2013 album Burning Lights topped the Billboard 200, making the album only the fourth contemporary Christian album to do so.

Tomlin has also released one live album, recorded in Austin Music Hall, and two Christmas albums (2009, 2015),[18] both of which topped the Holiday albums chart on Billboard.[19]

Tomlin has toured with many contemporary Christian artists, such as Delirious?, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, and MercyMe.[20][21] Tomlin has headlined several tours, and has also joined Passion Conferences for national and global tours and events.[22] Tomlin has also participated in various other conferences festivals including Grand Saline's annual Salt Festival in Texas,[23] Hillsong's 2007 conference,[24] and the SoCal Harvest in Anaheim.[25]

On June 14, 2007, Tomlin's version of the song "Indescribable" was used as the official wake-up call for Mission Specialist Patrick Forrester on Space Shuttle mission STS-117.[26]

Other venturesEdit

Tomlin is one of the members of CompassionArt, a charity and songwriting team that released an album in 2008. In 2014, he became a member on the board of directors of CURE International, a nonprofit organization that provides medical care to children in the developing world.[27]

In May 2008, Tomlin announced a move from the Austin Stone Community Church, to start a new church with Louie Giglio in Atlanta, Georgia.[28][29] The Passion City Church held its first service on February 15, 2009, and features Tomlin as one of its worship leaders.[30]

Personal lifeEdit

Tomlin married Lauren Bricken[31] on November 9, 2010.[32][33][34]

DiscographyEdit

Independent releases

  • Inside Your Love (1995)
  • Authentic (1998)
  • Too Much Free Time (1998) with Ross King

Commercial releases

Awards and achievementsEdit

According to Christian Copyright Licensing International's list of the top 25 worship songs in the US in August 2007, Tomlin held five spots with songs he has either written, co-written or performed: "How Great Is Our God" (No. 1), "Forever" (No. 5), "Holy Is the Lord" (No. 7), "We Fall Down" (No. 12), and "Indescribable" (No. 22) (written by Laura Story[36]). In 2008, Tomlin held 6 spots on 20 The Countdown Magazine's top 20 praise and worship songs: "We Fall Down" (No. 14), "Forever" (No. 10), "Holy is the Lord" (No. 8), "Indescribable" (No. 6),[36] "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" (No. 3), and "How Great is our God" (No. 1).[37] In 2012, CCLI reported that his songs were performed more than 3 million times in churches around the world.[38] TIME magazine has called him "most often sung artist anywhere" in 2006,[3] and in 2013, he was also pronounced the most sung songwriter in the world.[39] In 2017, he became only the fourth artist to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for surpassing a billion digital radio streams,[40] and in 2018, he became the first Christian artist to receive the Billionaire award from Pandora for reaching a billion Pandora streams.[41]

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Award Result
2007 Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (See the Morning) Nominated
2009 Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (Hello Love) Nominated
2011 Best Gospel Song ("Our God") Nominated
2012 Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance ("I Lift My Hands") Nominated
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song ("I Lift My Hands") Nominated
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (And If Our God Is For Us...) Won[42]
2014 Best Contemporary Christian Music Song (Whom Shall I Fear)[43] Nominated
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Burning Lights)[43] Nominated
2016 Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Love Ran Red) Nominated[44]

GMA Dove AwardsEdit

Throughout his career, Chris Tomlin has been nominated to 32 Dove Awards (6 of them, collaborative efforts) and won 19 of them.

Year Award Result
2005 Praise & Worship Album of the Year (Arriving) Won[45]
2006 Artist of the Year Won[46]
Male Vocalist of the Year Won[46]
Song of the Year ("Holy Is the Lord") Nominated[46]
Song of the Year ("How Great Is Our God") Won[46]
Worship Song of the Year ("Holy Is the Lord") Nominated[46]
Worship Song of the Year ("How Great Is Our God") Won[46]
Worship Song of the Year ("Indescribable")1 Nominated[46]
Special Event Album of the Year (Music Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia)* Won[46]
Special Event Album of the Year (Passion: How Great Is Our God)* Nominated[46]
Special Event Album of the Year (WOW Christmas: Green)* Nominated[46]
2007 Artist of the Year Won[47]
Male Vocalist of the Year Won[47]
Song of the Year ("Made to Worship") Nominated[47]
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Made to Worship") Nominated[47]
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (See The Morning) Won[47]
Worship Song of the Year ("Holy Is the Lord") Won[47]
Worship Song of the Year ("Made to Worship") Nominated[47]
Praise & Worship Album of the Year (See The Morning) Won[47]
Special Event Album of the Year (Passion: Everything Glorious)* Won[47]
2008 Artist of the Year Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year Won
Song of the Year ("Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)") Nominated
Worship Song of the Year ("Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)") Nominated
Worship Song of the Year ("How Great Is Our God") Won
Special Event Album of the Year (Music Inspired By the Motion Picture Amazing Grace)* Nominated
2009 Artist of the Year Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year ("Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)") Nominated
Worship Song of the Year ("Jesus Messiah") Nominated
Praise & Worship Album of the Year (Hello Love) Nominated
Special Event Album of the Year (Passion: God of This City)* Won
Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year ("How Great Is Our God")2 Won
2010 Song of the Year ("I Will Rise") Nominated
Worship Song of the Year ("I Will Rise") Nominated
Praise & Worship Album of the Year (Hello Love) Nominated
Christmas Album of the Year (Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship) Nominated
2011 Artist of the Year Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year ("Our God") Nominated
Worship Song of the Year ("Our God") Won
Special Event Album of the Year (Passion: Awakening)* Won
2012 Praise & Worship Album of the Year (And If Our God Is For Us...) Won[48]
2013 Song of the Year ("Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies]") Nominated[49]
Praise & Worship Album of the Year ("Burning Lights") Won[49]
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year ("Burning Lights") Nominated[49]
Artist of the Year Nominated[49]
Special Event Album of the Year (Passion: White Flag)* Nominated[49]
Special Event Album of the Year (Passion: Let The Future Begin)* Won[49]
Praise & Worship Album of the Year (Passion: White Flag)* Nominated[49]
Praise & Worship Album of the Year (Passion: Let The Future Begin)* Nominated[49]
2014 Songwriter of the Year Won[50]
2015 Praise & Worship Album of the Year (Love Ran Red) Nominated
2016 Songwriter of the Year Nominated[51]
2017 Artist of the Year Nominated
Songwriter of the Year Nominated
Worship Album of the Year ("Never Lose Sight") Won
Short Form Video of the Year ("Jesus") Nominated
2018 Worship Recorded Song of the Year ("Resurrection Power") Nominated
  • *Denotes a collaborative effort or a song contribution to a "Various artists" album.
  • 1 The song was performed by Tomlin, but written and produced by Laura Story.
  • 2 The song was performed by LaRue Howard, but written by Tomlin.

Billboard Music AwardsEdit

Year Award Result[52]
2011 Top Christian Artist Won
Top Christian Album (And If Our God Is for Us...) Nominated
Top Christian Song ("Our God") Won

OthersEdit

Tomlin was nominated for two 2009 Visionary Award: Male Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year for "Jesus Messiah".[53]

BibliographyEdit

  • Chris Tomlin, The Way I Was Made: Words and Music for an Unusual Life, Multnomah, 2004. ISBN 978-1-59052-327-8

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role
2013 Grace Unplugged Himself

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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