Chris Tomlin

Biography

Christopher Dwayne Tomlin (better known by his shortened stage name, Chris Tomlin) is one of the biggest figures in Contemporary Christian Music today. The recipient of numerous awards (including 14 Dove Awards), Chris was recently named the most sung Christian artist in the United States by the Christian Copyright Licensing International - no small feat. While popular acts like Hawk Nelson and Relient K take an edgy, rock-influenced approach to Christian music, Tomlin's worship music is softer and melodic, giving it widespread appeal amongst older and younger generations alike.

Quite possibly the most famous resident of his salt-mining hometown of Grand Saline, Texas (his only competitor for that distinction might be Wiley H. Post, a stunt pilot from the 1930's), Chris grew up the eldest child in a deeply religious family. He began playing guitar at age eleven, composing his first original song at age fourteen. Though he enrolled at Texas A&M University after high school for a time, Chris soon dropped out to write and perform worship music, a calling that he felt to be more important than a formal education.

In 1994 Chris began leading musical worship for Dawson McAllister, a traveling youth preacher, independently releasing a number of albums by himself on the side. This arrangement eventually caught the attention of Louie Giglio, a prominent Texas preacher and owner of Sixsteprecords (David Crowder Band, Matt Redman), an influential Christian music label backed by EMI. He made his major-label debut in 2001 with the release of his first full-length album on Sixsteprecords, The Noise We Make. The Noise We Make was a hit in the Christian music world, generating rave reviews and thrusting Tomlin into the spotlight. His second album, 2004's Arriving, was even more successful, producing three hit singles (among them "Holy Is the Lord" and "How Great is Our God") and receiving a coveted Platinum certification from the RIAA. Tomlin released his most recent record Hello Love in late 2008. Taking its name from the feeling of exhilaration he feels when communicating with God, Hello Love peaked at #9 on the mainstream Billboard 200 index - somewhat surprising for a worship record.

Tomlin has starred in a number of music videos throughout his career (for songs such as "Take My Life (And Let it Be)" and "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)"), and maintans a rigorous touring schedule to this day. He has also released an autobiography (2004's The Way I Was Made: Words and Music for an Unusual Life) and is an active member of Compassionart, a UK faith-based charity.

From Discogs:

Born: 4 May 1972. He is a Christian worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States. He is a staff member at Austin Stone Community Church and is signed to EMI's sixstepsrecords. Tomlin also leads worship at many Passion events. Some of his most well known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Famous One", and "Holy Is The Lord". According to the Christian Copyright Licensing International, Tomlin is the most sung Christian artist in the United States. He was awarded Male Vocalist at the 2006 and 2007 Gospel Music Awards, and was named Artist of the Year in 2007.

From Lastfm:

Christopher Dwayne Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is a Christian worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States. He is a staff member at Austin Stone Community Church and is signed to EMI's sixstepsrecords. Tomlin also leads worship at many Passion events. Some of his most well-known songs are How Great Is Our God, Forever, Famous One, We Fall Down and Holy Is the Lord. According to the Christian Copyright Licensing International, Tomlin is the most sung Christian artist in the United States.

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From Wikipedia:

Christopher Dwayne "Chris" Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is an American contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist, worship leader, and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States. He is a former staff member at Austin Stone Community Church and is signed to EMI's sixstepsrecords. Tomlin leads worship at many Passion events. Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Jesus Messiah", "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)", and "Our God", which he co-wrote with Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves, and Jonas Myrin. He is currently a worship leader at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, with Louie Giglio and Christy Nockels.

He was awarded Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2006, 2007 (along with Artist of the Year), and 2008 GMA Dove Awards, and a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2012. He is one of the members of CompassionArt, a charity founded by Martin Smith of the band Delirious? and Smith's wife, Anna.

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.

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