Chris Tomlin@crownet

Christopher Dwayne “Chris” Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is an American Christian Contemporary Music artist, worship leader, and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States. He was a 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 the “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, 2008 GMA Dove Awards, and Grammy Award Winner for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2012. He was named Artist of the Year in 2007. He is one of the members of CompassionArt, a charity founded by Martin Smith of the band Delirious? and and Smith’s wife, Anna.

His first nationally released solo project, titled The Noise We Make, was released in 2001, featuring the songs “Forever,” “Be Glorified”, and “Kindness”, each of which made the top 200 in the CCLI 2005 top 500 worship songs. He released the live EP 545 in 2002, and the studio album Not to Us (2002).
Although he is a solo artist, Tomlin uses a consistent band lineup. He writes many of his songs with the band members. The band includes of Daniel Carson (electric guitar, backup vocals), Jesse Reeves (bass guitar, backup vocals), Travis Nunn (drums), and Matt Gilder (piano, keys). He plays guitar and piano.
According to Christian Copyright Licensing International’s list of the top 25 worship songs in the US in August 2007, Tomlin held 5 spots with songs he has either written or co-written: “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). 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), “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (No. 3), and “How Great is our God” (No. 1).
Tomlin has toured with contemporary Christian music artists, such as Delirious? during his first tour, and as a supporting act of Steven Curtis Chapman during his All Things New Tour. Tomlin has headlined several tours, such as the Chris Tomlin Indescribable Tour, which featured worship artist Matt Redman, and speaker Louie Giglio, and headlining the See the Morning Tour. From April to October 2007, Tomlin toured with Louie Giglio and Matt Redman on his “How Great Is Our God” tour. In 2008, Tomlin toured with Passion Conferences on its world tour. In early 2009, he was in the Hello Love tour with Israel Houghton and New Breed. In summer of 2010, he was in the “Hello Tonight” tour with TobyMac.
Tomlin has been featured at conferences and music festivals. Among these, he played at Grand Saline’s annual Salt Festival.Hillsong’s 2007 conference, and the 2008 Compassionart International Songwriting retreat, which was dedicated to writing songs whose revenue would support charities serving the poorest of the world’s poor. Other prominent songwriters included were Matt Redman, Martin Smith, Stuart Garrard, and Steven Curtis Chapman. In 2009, Tomlin played at the Harvest Crusade at Anaheim Angels Stadium.

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.
In May 2008, Tomlin announced a move from The Austin Stone Community Church, to start a new church with Louie Giglio in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2009, Tomlin released a Christmas album, Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship. It includes three original Christmas songs and features duets with Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, and Audrey Assad. The album peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 list and at No. 1 for Holiday albums.