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Chris Tomlin

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  • Born: Austin, TX
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://christomlin.com/
  • Recent Activity: 04.24.17 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. —Psalm 103:1
  • Chris Tomlin

  • Chris Tomlin


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

One of the leading artists and activists within contemporary Christian music, Chris Tomlin is a successful singer and songwriter whose 2005 album Arriving has sold over 500,000 copies, and whose compositions "Holy Is the Lord" and "How Great Is Our God" are among the most popular contemporary songs in the world's churches, being sung by millions of Christians at worship services every week. Born in Grand Saline, Texas in 1972, Tomlin grew up listening to country music and learned to play guitar from his father (Tomlin has cited Willie Nelson's Stardust as a key influence). At the age of nine, Tomlin accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, and at 14 wrote his first song of praise.

Tomlin enrolled at Texas A&M in the early '90s to study medicine, but he became active in a campus worship and Bible study group called Breakaway, led by an ambitious young pastor named Louie Giglio. As Breakaway grew, Tomlin became increasingly active with the group, and he eventually became a worship leader as well as performing his own songs at meetings. As Giglio's Breakaway group evolved into Passion, a nationwide organization for young Christians on college campuses, Giglio started a record company, Six Steps Records, to record youth-oriented Christian artists. Tomlin, whose songs had become mainstays at Breakaway and Passion services, became one of Six Steps' first signings, and The Noise We Make, released in 2001, was Tomlin's first album. The band Tomlin assembled while serving as a pastor at Woodland, Texas's Harvest Ministry -- Daniel Carson on guitar, Jesse Reeves on bass, and Ryan Sandlin on drums -- began touring, often appearing at Passion events around the country as well as headlining its own concerts. (In 2004, Ryan Sandlin left the group, and Travis Nunn took over behind the drums.)

In 2002, Tomlin moved to Austin, Texas, and became a pastor at Austin's Stone Community Church, where he helped guide a congregation of 1,500. As Tomlin's songs and recordings found a wider audience, he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2006 album See the Morning (which rose to number one on Billboard's Christian albums chart and number 15 on the overall Top 200), but the songwriter continued to emphasize that his mission was more important than his own music. Tomlin's fifth studio album, 2008’s Hello Love, was certified gold. It was followed in 2009 by the holiday offering Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship, in 2010 by And If Our God Is for Us..., and in 2013 by Burning Lights.

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Date Venue Location Tickets
04.25.17 United Supermarkets Arena Lubbock, TX US
04.26.17 Don Haskins Center El Paso, TX US
04.28.17 Save Mart Center Fresno, CA US
04.29.17 Reno Events Center Reno, NV US
04.30.17 Taco Bell Arena Boise, ID US
05.04.17 Key Arena Seattle, WA US
05.05.17 Moda Center Portland, OR US
05.06.17 Matthew Knight Arena Eugene, OR US
05.07.17 Golden 1 Center Sacramento, CA US
05.09.17 Viejas Arena San Diego, CA US


  • 04.24.17 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. —Psalm 103:1
  • 04.24.17 Last night in CEDAR PARK was so much fun! Thankful to everyone who came out. #WorshipNightInAmerica #TexasForever… https://t.co/eCmW8pqBZ4
  • 04.23.17 https://t.co/HTB4IXEsN6
  • 04.23.17 Still in T E X A S tonight for #WorshipNightInAmerica! Can't wait to see everyone in Cedar Park. #TexasForever https://t.co/6PWjgUo7MT
  • 04.23.17 DFW, you never disappoint. Thanks for making our 2nd #WorshipNightInAmerica show in your city so special!… https://t.co/x9rjgqet8G
  • 04.22.17 God stands alone and there is no one like Him.
  • 04.22.17 DFW, are you ready for round two? #WorshipNightInAmerica #TexasForever [📷: @coreyjamesbost] https://t.co/1g2OGa8ZRn
  • 04.22.17 What a great moment we had with Elliot last night. Thanks for coming up to share the stage with us! #TaylorGuitars… https://t.co/yzDWGtF54D
  • 04.22.17 He must become greater; I must become less. —John 3:30
  • 04.22.17 DFW, you were incredible for night one of #WorshipNightInAmerica. Can't wait to see you again tonight.… https://t.co/6XHC2FRJre
  • 04.21.17 Jesus is higher than the names we like to exalt above all else. https://t.co/S79gQNW1Uv https://t.co/Z6wU5enE5k
  • 04.21.17 OKC, I love you! Thank you for last night. Such a great time with all of you! #WorshipNightInAmerica [📷:… https://t.co/zteaBhMRzU