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Chris Tomlin

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  • Chris Tomlin

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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
04.04.17 Freeman Coliseum San Antonio, TX US
04.06.17 BOK Center Tulsa, OK US
04.07.17 Baxter Arena Omaha, NE US
04.08.17 Sprint Center Kansas City, MO US
04.09.17 UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena Milwaukee, WI US
04.11.17 iWireless Center Moline, IL US
04.13.17 Spectrum Center Charlotte, NC US
04.14.17 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN US
04.20.17 Cox Convention Center Oklahoma City, OK US
04.21.17 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, TX US


  • 03.26.17 I'm alive when You breathe on me. https://t.co/sRHahWy06z
  • 03.26.17 The heart of worship: The more we focus on God's character, the less we focus on ourselves and the more like Him we become.
  • 03.25.17 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. —Psalm 37:3
  • 03.24.17 RT @SXMTheMessage: Can you believe we're almost halfway through Bible Appreciation Month?! Here's Chris Tomlin and a verse that's... https:…
  • 03.24.17 2017 #WorshipNightInAmerica tour kicks off in two weeks. Info + tickets —> https://t.co/ovjhYzBaq4 https://t.co/IRGOV88SJC
  • 03.23.17 “For this world is not our permanent home,” Hebrews 13:14 says, “we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” https://t.co/zy8psZcCGV
  • 03.23.17 https://t.co/6eSSmMDsAO
  • 03.22.17 When gratitude starts filling up your heart, it pushes out the other stuff. Worship B E G I N S with gratitude.
  • 03.22.17 Lauren caught Ashlyn conducting the waves 😎 https://t.co/N71Hmy4sJ2
  • 03.21.17 View H O M E video here —> https://t.co/zy8psZcCGV https://t.co/mHkNkJrvOV
  • 03.21.17 My drummer @tlnunn is feat. in a @mortonsalt collab using salt from the small town where I was raised! #SmallWorld https://t.co/4wUztjlQLa
  • 03.21.17 Worship, unlike any other act, reminds us of who God is—the one who is and was and is to come.