Chris Tomlin, known to the world as one of the most popular praise and worship artists of the 21st century, was born Christopher Dwayne Tomlin on May 4, 1972 in Grand Saline, Texas.
Signed to sixstepsrecord/EMI, Tomlin is a fixture at Passion events.
Married to Lauren Bricken in 2010, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ashlyn Alexandra, on September 22, 2011.
Chris Tomlin Notable Quotes:
- "I just love that God uses me but my role isn't to grab as much attention as I possibly can, but to really point people to God. I don’t spend my time thinking how to make myself more popular, so maybe that why I there’s a bit of a mystery there."
- "Building a career is just fine, but nothing compares to building bridges through music that lead to hope, healing and higher ground."
- "True worship, worship in spirit and truth, has never been and will never be a trend. This style of music may be a trend, but that's because God's blowing a fresh Wind of His Spirit in so many people who are coming to realize that anything that just builds us up as people isn't worth much. What gives God the spotlight is important. And that's all we're about."
Chris Tomlin Trivia
- Chris got his first guitar as a young teen. His father gave it to him when he was sick with mono.
- "How Great Is Our God" was his first #1 song in the CCLI Top 25. The award winning song was one of the fasting rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history.
- On June 14, 2007, his version of the song "Indescribable," written by Laura Story, was used as the official wake-up call for Mission Specialist Patrick Forrester on Space Shuttle mission STS-117.
Chris Tomlin Discography:
- Burning Lights: Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, 2013
- Burning Lights, 2013 (Debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the fourth CCM album in history to do so)
- How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection, 2011
- And If Our God Is For Us..., 2010 RIAA Gold (Made it to #1 on the Christian Albums chart and #17 on the Billboard 200)
- Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs Of Worship, 2009 RIAA Gold
- Hello Love, 2008 RIAA Gold
- See The Morning: Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, 2007
- The Early Years, 2006
- See The Morning, 2006 RIAA Gold (Made it #1 to on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and #15 on the Billboard Top 200)
- Live From Austin Music Hall, 2005
- Arriving, 2004 RIAA Gold / RIAA Platinum
- Not To Us, 2002
- The Noise We Make, 2001
- Authentic, 1998 (independent)
- Too Much Free Time (with Ross King), 1998 (independent)
- Inside Your Love (independent)
Chris Tomlin Dove Awards:
- 2013 - Special Event Album of the Year - Passion: Let The Future Begin
- 2013 - Praise and Worship Album of the Year - Burning Lights
- 2012 - Praise and Worship Album of the Year - And If Our God is For Us...
- 2011 - Worship Song of the Year (tie) - "Our God"
- 2009 - Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year - "How Great is Our God" (recorded by LaRue Howard)
- 2009 - Special Event Album of the Year - Passion: God of This City
- 2008 - Male Vocalist of the Year
- 2008 - Worship Song of the Year - "How Great is Our God"
- 2007 - Male Vocalist of the Year
- 2007 - Artist of the Year
- 2007 - Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year - See the Morning
- 2007 - Praise and Worship Album of the Year - See the Morning
- 2007 - Special Event Album of the Year - Passion: Everything Glorious
- 2007 - Worship Song of the Year - "Holy Is The Lord"
- 2006 - Song of the Year - "How Great is Our God"
- 2006 - Male Vocalist of the Year
- 2006 - Artist of the Year
- 2006 - Special Event Album of the Year - Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
- 2006 - Worship Song of the Year - "How Great is Our God"
- 2005 - Praise and Worship Album of the Year - Arriving