(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) June 18, 2008 –Reigning three-time Gospel Music Association
Male Vocalist of the Year, best-selling worship leader Chris Tomlin releases
his fifth studio project, Hello Love, on Sept. 2. The album’s debut
single “Jesus Messiah,” released June 13, was the most added song on Christian
Adult Contemporary, Christian Hit Radio, and Christian Inspirational radio this
week, receiving 97 total adds, according to Radio & Records.
Following his 2006 RIAA
Gold-certified record, See the Morning, Tomlin’s latest project
communicates what he describes as the “need to introduce ourselves to love
again.” Produced by Ed Cash (Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Bebo Norman), Hello
Love endeavors to give voice to the Church to worship their Creator. This
is evident throughout the album on songs like “Love,” “God of This City,”
“Sing, Sing, Sing,” and “I Will Rise” to name a few.
Tomlin explains, “With each
new record, I continue to strive to create songs that will help people voice
their worship to God. Worship is a massive word with a very broad scope, but in
the end, it is very simple. It is love! It’s our response in love to our great
God who loved us first.”
Among those new songs already
connecting with worshippers nationwide, and across the globe as Tomlin is
currently performing them on Passion’s first world tour, is debut radio single
“Jesus Messiah.” Released last Friday, “Jesus Messiah” garnered 97 adds across
three formats this week, marking the biggest ever add date for a single in
Christian Radio history. Early response from radio stations suggests the
song will be long-lived:
Tomlin strikes gold again in his beautiful ballad ‘Jesus Messiah.’ Chris seems
unable to pen a bad or even mediocre song. It is simply always spectacular.” –Jon Rivers, music director KLOVE Radio Network
“Chris never disappoints. ‘Jesus Messiah’ is another example of
his deep songs that are easy to sing and still keep the focus on the One who
deserves the glory.” –Jim Beeler, music director, KSBJ-FM
“I knew Chris Tomlin’s new song, ‘Jesus Messiah’ was going to be an ‘add,’ but I’ve run out of
superlatives. It surpassed all our expectations; wow!” –Scott Valentine, program director,
does it again! It’s honest. It’s sincere. It connects. It’s worship not
just for Sundays, but for life lived every day. It’s here, and will be for
years to come!” –Chris Lemke, GM/PD WCSG-FM
not sure how Chris keeps doing it, but once again we have a song that is going
to be huge! This one is easily on the short list for song of the year already.”
–Jeff Cruz, assistant program director, WPOZ-FM
Hubbard, vice president of national promotion for EMI CMG Label Group adds,
“Chris Tomlin has once again delivered a song that hits the bull’s eye of
radio’s target. 97 out-of-the-box adds shows the belief and trust that
radio has for Chris.”
President and CEO of EMI CMG,
Bill Hearn also comments, “Chris Tomlin’s songs continue to have a profound
effect on culture through the church worldwide and radio’s overwhelming
response to ‘Jesus Messiah’ is a powerful indication that this new song will
also have tremendous impact. All of us at EMI CMG and sixstepsrecords are
honored to play a role in this history making event and look forward to what we
believe will be one of the biggest albums of the year in all of music.”
Tomlin too is equally excited
about the song’s reception, commenting, “This is crazy! I can’t quite believe
these guys at EMI radio and the phenomenal job they have done to get ‘Jesus
Messiah’ to radio in such a strong and incredible way. I am grateful beyond
words and pray this song resonates with folks as they celebrate Jesus the
Messiah - the One who has come for us.”
The song is having an impact
online as well, ranking No. 1 today on the Christian Top Chart at iTunes. More
information on Chris Tomlin and Hello Love can be found at
christomlin.com and the Passion Conferences home site, 268generation.com.
With six records, six No. 1
radio singles, two GRAMMY nominations, 14 Dove Awards, and two gold albums to
his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists
in contemporary Christian music. Referred to by Time Magazine as “the
most often sung artist anywhere,” Tomlin additionally has 10 Top 100 CCLI songs
with 4 in the top 25. ASCAP’s 2007 Songwriter of the Year, Tomlin’s “How Great
Is Our God” was his first No. 1 on the CCLI Top 25.
The award-winning song moved to No. 1 after becoming one of the fasting rising
modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. Tomlin continues to tour many
dates every year and plays regularly at Passion Conferences in the States and
Passion Conferences and sixstepsrecords will present a limited-run, 12-city extension of the How Great Is Our God Tour this fall with award-winning worship songwriter Chris Tomlin and noted author/speaker Louie Giglio. Pre-sale front section tickets are now available exclusively via ChrisTomlin.com.
The original 32-city tour held in January through March of this year included numerous sellouts and great reviews and fueled a public desire for more events. The fall leg of the How Great Is Our God Tour opens October 6 in Nashville, Tennessee, and is currently scheduled to conclude November 15.
Last December, Tomlin said, “‘How Great Is Our God’ is not just a title of a song, or a name for a tour. Instead the simple phrase ‘sing with me and all will see’ is the heartbeat of the tour—every night, a room filled with people seeing and singing of the greatness of God.”
In March, PARADE called Chris Tomlin the most popular artist in religious music because “he wrote or co-wrote three of the 10 most popular songs sung in churches each week, including ‘How Great Is Our God’—which puts his reach beyond that of most rock stars.” In April, Tomlin won the Gospel Music Association’s Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year awards for the second consecutive year in addition to three other honors. However, his songs such as “Made to Worship” and “Famous One” make it clear that Tomlin’s songs put the spotlight and glory upon God.
Louie Giglio, whose spoken words will complement Tomlin’s music each night on the How Great Is Our God Tour, is the founder of the Passion worship movement. Learn more at 268generation.com.
We tremble under the weight of news reports. We shudder as cultural pillars appear to be crumbling. Yet God’s commitment to all life remains unshakable. Rain washes dry roots. The sick experience healing. This is life’s resurrection by the hand of God: dawn always breaks into morning over humanity’s dark night of the soul.
Inspired by the psalmist who describes God’s ongoing work as provoking new beginnings, award-winning singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin releases 'See the Morning'. After 15 years of writing songs for the church, Tomlin’s new 11-track album shows joy remains possible even in the messiness of life. Praise to God is not just for life’s prosperous seasons—it’s a constant way of living with hope.
“See the morning expresses the idea that God’s as faithful as the rising sun,” explains Tomlin. “Though your life may be shifting all around you and it may be dark, there is hope.” Chris cites empowering biblical stories from psalms, exodus, lamentations, joshua, isaiah and some accounts of Jesus’ miracles in the gospels to draw a resolute conclusion. “From these stories I’m inspired to notice morning as an incredible symbol in scripture. Morning is brand new. It’s fresh. It’s new life. That while the darkness came and was for a while, light is breaking through into morning.”
“That’s the hope i want to help people grab with this album,” Tomlin says.
See the morning started to emerge following the far-reaching success of tomlin’s 2004 sixstepsrecords/ sparrow records release arriving. That record delivered a call to the christian church to pursue life-renewing worship, and it indelibly reinforced Tomlin’s distinction as the voice of today’s modern expression of christian worship. The songs breathed vitality into both corporate and devotional worship music, creating a ripple effect like nothing Tomlin had previously experienced.
'Arriving' gave Tomlin his first riaa-certified gold record and made radio history by producing three no. 1 singles and three songs in the r&r ac top 30 simultaneously (two of those in the top 10). Tomlin led all artists this spring with 10 gma music award nominations, capping off the christian music industry’s april ceremony with five statuettes, including standout awards for artist of the year, male vocalist of the year and song of the year. The recording also caused the church to sing, with “how great is our god” and “holy is the lord” landing in the top 15 of the most sung ccli songs, and bringing his total ccli charting songs to 17 being sung by tens of millions of worshipers around the world. This season also successfully perpetuated Tomlin’s celebrated participation in the popular, college-focused passion conferences.
Grateful for these opportunities, the accolades also bring Tomlin the added weight of responsibility and concern for the human condition.
“The more I live, the more I see that life is not fair,” the Austin, Texas-based musician says. “Around the world, I’ve been exposed to much poverty and sickness. I hear about what people are going through, and I realize that some are not as blessed as others. The world is full of discouragement. I think God wants to give us all great compassion for those...so I want to use my voice to write songs that serve as a reminder to people that Jesus’ life provides hope for us all. Not just in the good times, but in the bad times, as well.”
“Hebrews says, ‘therefore through Jesus let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that praise His name and do not forget to do good and serve others, for which such things god is pleased,’” Tomlin continues. “I hope this music serves others. With worship music there is a revival. The spirit of God grows in people’s hearts. To worship Him is not only to sing our hearts out to God but also to love and serve people and to meet people where they are. Hopefully I can give voice to some songs that help people do just that.”
Combining the artist’s strong signature hooks and accessible choruses with the production expertise of the award-winning Ed Cash, who also produced 'Arriving', 'See the Morning' is imbued with a community spirit, as evidenced by the number of contributing songwriters. Tomlin is joined by Cash and Matt Redman in the opening track that anchors the theme of hope, “how can i keep from singing,” a rendition of the 1860 hymn by Robert Lowry:
how can i keep from singing your praise/ how can i ever say enough/ how amazing is your love
how can i keep from shouting your name/ i know i am loved by the king/ and it makes my heart want to sing
Hope also resonates vigorously on “rejoice” (the track from which the album’s title is drawn), as well as on the beautiful first radio single “made to worship.” Producer Cash, who encouraged Tomlin to record what became his first no. 1 radio hit, “indescribable,” brought Tomlin the chorus that he and stephen sharp had written for “made to worship.” Tomlin finished writing the song and audiences nationwide are responding, as it has already become a national radio hit.
The album further features the high-energy “let god arise” as a rowdy, rambunctious track inspired by psalm 68:1 and affirming that death does not get the final word over humanity.
“You cannot play something titled ‘let god arise’ as a ballad at 75 beats a minute,” Tomlin laughs. “We, as a band [Jesse Reeves (bass), Daniel Carson (guitar) and Travis Nunn (drums)] love to play loud and get people going. This is our rock and roll song.” Often testing new songs like that one on the road and in churches before deciding to record them, “everlasting god,” written by Brenton Brown and inspired by isaiah 40, is already a staple chorus at Austin Stone Community Church, which Tomlin co-founded in 2002.
Closing the album is “amazing grace (my chains are gone),” a new rendition of the classic hymn. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to mess with the most recognized hymn ever,” Tomlin admits. But after researching the song, he discovered the famous John Newton hymn has withstood previous editors. Reviving an original verse that had lost popular favor over the years, combined with a new chorus co-written with passion founder/director Louie Giglio, Tomlin rekindles a church standard for a new generation of worshipers.
“my chains are gone/ i’ve been set free/my god, my savior has ransomed me
and like a flood his mercy reigns/ unending love, amazing grace!”
As millions of people around the world are already singing his songs every week at collegiate gatherings, worship services, concert settings and as they sing along with radio, perhaps like the famous hymn from Newton, the songs of Chris Tomlin will live on in the hearts and through the voices of worshipers for generations.
“I want to write songs that last more than a few weeks on the radio,” Tomlin reflects. “I feel like God’s given me a gift to write songs for the average person that help them communicate their feelings to God. And for 'See the Morning', and really all my songs, I hope they will be ones that bring people closer to God, so much so that they are sung long after I’m gone.”
Tomlin is asking fans to pray for him and the band throughout the process—that the music they make will be pleasing to God and encouraging to others. For updates, check out Tomlin’s in-studio blog.
In a recent post, Tomlin wrote, “As many of you know, I have been honored with several awards as of late. I am humbled beyond belief. I heard these words recently from one of Keith Green’s best loved songs. They seemed timely, so I though I would pass them on: ‘I want to take Your word and shine it all around/first help me just to live it Lord/and when I’m doing well help me to never seek a crown/for my reward is giving glory to You.’”
For complete Chris Tomlin information, including summer festival concert dates, ringtones, and more, visit www.ChrisTomlin.com.
The editors of ChristianMusicToday.com completed their extensive recap of 2005 this week, naming Switchfoot and Chris Tomlin as Best Band and Best Solo Artist respectively.
About Switchfoot, the site writes: "After continuing to ride the success of 2003's The Beautiful Letdown, the band released its follow-up, Nothing Is Sound (our choice for best Christian album of 2005), to strong sales and then took the new music out on tour. Based on the quality of their music, stage design, and live performance, Switchfoot had clearly graduated into a first-class rock act that can compete with other heavy hitters in the mainstream, and remain one of Christian music's strongest ambassadors to the world."
Switchfoot will soon launch the second leg of its Nothing Is Sound tour.
In the solo artist category, "It only seemed fair to finally give Chris Tomlin his due . . . as someone who understands how to match a praise-filled lyric with an unforgettable melody or hook. His 2004 release, Arriving, gained even more momentum in the past year, causing at least four new songs to catch on with contemporary worship services. It's his rare balance of worship and artistry that's ensured him as a valuable resource to the church for years to come."
Chris Tomlin begins a new season of the Indescribable Tour with Passion founder Louie Giglio and artist-worshiper Matt Redman this month.
Released Sept. 21, 2004, Arriving immediately became a top-seller, debuting at No. 39 on the Billboard Top 200. The album hit its stride six months into its release when it re-entered the Billboard Top 200 and landed at No. 1 for the first time on SoundScan's Top Christian Albums retail chart in March 2005. As momentum continued to build for Tomlin, he received his first GMA Music Award for Praise & Worship Album of the Year in April for Arriving, which was also voted best album in the 2005 Christian Retailing Retailers Choice Awards’ Music category in July. Additionally, the album landed among the top five “Best Inspirational Albums of 2005” at iTunes, was named a “best of ‘05” on Napster’s home page and marks the first Gold release for sixstepsrecords.
“All of us at ‘sixsteps’ have been humbled by the favor that seems to be resting on Arriving,” says Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords founder and popular speaker/author. “We feel like the songs are God's gift for this generation of worshipers, entrusted to us to build up His church. Chris has carried them exceptionally well and God has used both album sales and radio airplay to exponentially broaden their reach to people around the globe.”
“It has been an honor for EMI CMG to partner with sixstepsrecords in the artist development story of Chris Tomlin that has unfolded over the last three years,” says Peter York, EMI CMG Label Group president. “Chris is one of the most prolific and engaging songwriters of the modern church. His music has impacted, encouraged and inspired believers around the world. We look to the future with great anticipation.”
Finding success at retail, Tomlin also became R&R’s most played artist at AC Christian Radio in 2005, while simultaneously capturing No. 1 at Inspirational radio on the year-end charts. Once relegated to Sunday morning radio shows, Tomlin’s “Indescribable,” “Holy Is The Lord,” and “The Way I Was Made” have sparked unprecedented airplay. Tomlin’s fourth single from Arriving, "How Great Is Our God," released to radio Dec. 16 and has already garnered a Worship Leader Praise Award for “Best Praise and Worship Song.”
Wally Decker of Winston Salem's WBFJ-FM remarks on Tomlin's radio success and the depth of the songs on Arriving: “The chart figures speak for themselves, then you realize that perhaps the best song from Arriving is only now making its way to radio, ‘How Great Is Our God.’ The songs we played in 2005 will become the hymns of our generation and the next.”
Tomlin’s songs also translate well live. Leading worship on the All Things New Tour with Steven Curtis Chapman and Casting Crowns that wrapped up last spring, followed by leading music fans during the summer festivals, and recently finishing the fall leg of his Indescribable Tour that saw 17 sold out nights, Chris Tomlin’s touring in 2005 put him in front of well over 500,000 people. After leading 18,000 during the Passion 06 collegiate gathering in Nashville last week, Tomlin continues this month on the Indescribable Tour with Giglio and fellow artist-worshiper and label mate, Matt Redman.
“The Indescribable Tour was just that, indescribable...a powerful night of worship,” says promoter Cliff Reiser, Rush Concerts president. “From the beginning of the concert to the end, it was a truly audience participation event. Chris and Matt both invigorated the audience with all those songs we all sing on Sunday, led by the artists who wrote them. An absolutely mesmerizing presentation by Louie Giglio made the night even more special. Promoter's do not usually see shows...I took the time to see this one. It was a great example of what contemporary Christian concerts can be and the impact they can have.”
The live Chris Tomlin tour experience was captured for the first time this year before a packed Austin Music Hall. The already critically acclaimed recording, Live From Austin Music Hall, released Dec. 26. The album consists of such CCLI chart favorites as “Forever,” “Famous One,” and “Kindness,” as well as a brand new live version of “Indescribable” with Tomlin playing piano.
Tomlin is also featured on the best sellers, Music Inspired By: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which released Sept. 27, and Passion: How Great Is Our God, which released April 12.
Featured this month for the first time on the cover of CCM magazine, Tomlin is known for writing anthems sung by millions of people each week in churches around the world and has 15 Top 500 CCLI charting songs. Rooted in Passion’s collegiate movement that the New York Times calls “Christian Music’s New Wave,” Tomlin released his first book in February, The Way I Was Made. Additional Chris Tomlin information, tour dates, etc., can be found at www.christomlin.com, as well as at www.sixstepsrecords.com and www.emicmg.com.
Chris Tomlin's new concert disc, Live From Austin Music Hall, has just released to excellent reviews. Media comments suggest the onstage setting brings out the very best in this award-winning artist-worshiper's exceptional song catalog.
CrimsonLight.com says Live From Austin Music Hall is "a wonderful collection representative of Tomlin's signature worship songs . . . he lead(s) us into worship with great talent and great humility . . . (serving) to inspire intimate moments of worship that virtually transport one to stand in awe before the throne of God."
ChristianMusicToday.com declares: "Tomlin caps off his biggest year yet on a high note with the diverse musical stylings of Live From Austin Music Hall . . . Showing a knack for reinvention, Tomlin gives the familiar strains of ‘Forever' a welcome makeover with a few electronic touches . . . And a live CD wouldn't be complete without a guest appearance . . . fellow Texan David Crowder makes a cameo on ‘This Is Our God,' a highlight with a chorus catchy enough to take residence in your cranium for days."
JesusFreakHideout.com notes "the crowd is eagerly into it, worshiping with a fervor that rivals even the band onstage . . . songs like ‘Indescribable' were really meant to be sung by people everywhere, and it's the added dimension of the audience's voices that truly enhances this worship experience."
Live From Austin Music Hall is a specially priced eight-song concert disc featuring the Chris Tomlin worship hits "Indescribable," "Forever," "Kindness," "Unchanging," "On Our Side," "This Is Our God," "How Great Is Our God," and "Famous One." For complete details, just click over to ChrisTomlin.com.