Chris Tomlin has been called “most often sung artist in the world”, because his music has inspired and uplifted a whole generation of believers, sung by 40 million faithful every Sunday.
Along the way, the Christian artist has scored 17 No. 1 radio singles, ranked 29 in the top 10 (more than any other Christian artist), sold over nine million albums with 5 .6 billion career global streams, won a Grammy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, 27 Dove Awards and twice won BMI Songwriter of the Year and ASCAP Songwriter of the Year. In 2016, he was named one of four artists to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 billion digital radio streams, alongside Justin Timberlake, Pitbull and Garth Brooks.
Now he will co-host the annual Dove Awards on October 18 in Nashville.
Among his best known and most sung the songs are an arrangement of “Amazing Grace” which adds a section that begins with “My chains are gone, I’ve been set free”, a worship song titled “How Great Is Our God”, plus “We Fall Down” , “Holy is the Lord” and “I will rise again”.
In a recent interview with BNG, Tomlin opened up about his new album, “Always,” and his gratitude that his songs resonated with the faithful.
“I’m just grateful for the passion and the heart that God put in me for these songs. And, I really feel like for a very long time I just wanted to write songs that help people connect with God that give people a voice to worship Him,” he said.
And he recognizes that with that influence comes responsibility.
“I feel more grateful every time to think, ‘Wow, my God, you’re good. You have been so good to me and given me so many opportunities by allowing me to see things and do things that I never dreamed of. Just beyond my wildest dreams. I come to this from a very grateful place, to know that God would allow me to lead his people in their worship to him.
When he leads people to worship at concerts or Sunday morning services, knowing that others are worshiping God with him fuels creativity to keep writing songs he hopes people will always want to sing. .
“The process hasn’t changed for me,” he said. “It never goes out. My phone is full of voice memos and ideas. However, the best things come from God which goes way beyond me.
Also: “I try to get around people who have a real intention to worship God as I am recording a new worship album. Over the years that’s been my strength, bringing these simple ideas and bringing them to songwriters who are better than me and walk into the room and see what happens.
As a songwriter, Tomlin is known for his collaborations with other writers, which often results in split credits. He recently collaborated on two country music albums.
The new album traces its roots to East Texas, where it was influenced by the music of a young Christian artist named Keith Green. For the last three years of his ministry, before his life was cut short by a plane crash, Green and his family lived in East Texas.
“Keith’s Ministry Headquarters was in east Texas 10 miles from where I grew up,” Tomlin explained. “This is the 40th year since he died. He died in a plane crash in 1982. I was just a small child when he died, but I still knew what he was doing and singing.
The new album pays homage to Green’s spiritual influence with a remake of Green’s “O Lord, You’re Beautiful” now sung by Tomlin featuring Stephanie Gretzinger.
“Bringing that song back to me and singing it with Stephanie was amazing,” Tomlin said.
This song, like all the songs Tomlin writes and loves to sing, is all about worshiping Jesus. And that’s the main message he wants to convey in the new album: “This is the core of who I am, a worshiper of Jesus.”
Chris Tomlin: Recording artist wants young worshipers to give ‘glory to God in the highest’