Chris Tomlin Biography
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One of the premier songwriters of today, Chris Tomlin is shaping the language of worship for generations present and future. And yet his gifts are rooted in one central truth, that God is the center of everything.
Even as a small town Texan boy pounding out new tunes with his rag-tag garage band, Chris Tomlin had been blessed with a passion for purpose. He wanted to be more than just another guy with a song. As he grew, he became even more aware of the fact that everything-what we do, who we are-exists only for God's glory. Tomlin's sophomore studio project, NOT TO US, is an organic, edgy pop blend of his most compelling lyrics to date, the longest and most rewarding mile in his passionate pursuit of real life.
NOT TO US is not just another worship album; it's a soundtrack for all of life.
"God is a mystery beyond our comprehension," says Tomlin, whose most recent work includes WoW Worship and Passion: Our Love is Loud. "We can't figure God out. He won't be boxed in. He's bigger than all our questions and bigger than our answers. And when our lives become aligned with Him, we see life in a different light, hearts are restored and people are healed."
Already well known for his work with Passion, a ministry to college students nationwide, and for penning such classics-in-the-making as "Forever" and "We Fall Down," NOT TO US features all original songs written or co-written by Tomlin, who just finsihed up a fall 2002 tour with Rebecca St. James. Additionally, the anticipated project includes a song co-written by Matt Redman (Michael W. Smith, Tree63, Passion Worship Band), perhaps the most prolific and important songwriter to come out of the UK since Graham Kendrick.
Produced by Matt Bronleewe (Jars of Clay, dcTalk, Natalie Imbruglia) and Sam Gibson (Elvis Costello, Crowded House) Tomlin's sophomore album packs a live, raw energy and eclectic sound. "This one was more like home," Tomlin says of the making of NOT TO US, "more of a live album feel, more raw. This band has been playing together for a long time. And so what you hear and experience throughout the recording sounds like what you hear when you hear us play live."
At the heart of NOT TO US is the answer to the tug of war between our human desire to be celebrated and the reason we were created: to worship God.
"People are not meant to be worshiped because we're always going to mess up," he says. "Our culture longs to ascribe value to so many things that aren't of God, so anytime we can focus on God, and through that help people do the same, we're doing what we were put here for. And that's a powerful thing."
Illuminating the album's fundamental premise, "Famous One," a contagious declaration that Jesus is the supreme celebrity, has already connected in a very powerful way with live audiences nationwide and is destined to be a modern worship favorite for years to come. "I had no idea that 'Famous One' would connect with people in such a powerful way," Tomlin says. "I loved the idea of the word 'fame' for God. Sometimes, I think our society doesn't understand the words we use for God-but fame is a word we all can understand." He writes with his audience in mind, crafting profoundly moving universal lyrics that ride on simple, singable melodies.
"Wonderful Maker," co-written with Matt Redman, is another stellar example of the lyrical depth on NOT TO US. Loosely based on Job's grateful response to God, the song juxtaposes the cross and creation. "While God was creating the world, He was also saving it," Tomlin says. "That's a big concept to get your arms around, but people are really responding to it in a powerful way."
And as for the theory that this God-centered expression is a trend that will fade as quickly as it came, Tomlin disagrees. "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."
A new soundtrack for real life. Chris Tomlin's NOT TO US.
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Deacon | Reviewer: Carlos Lewis | 8/7/14
Ican recalled,quite sometimes backI attend the Billy Graham schoolof Evangelism and I heard your the song,Iam commimg back to the heart of worship by KrisTomlin. This Artist thrust every fiber of his being to the Lord he gave it allin his worship to theLord .His passion for the Lord is evedent in presentation always I love him with the love YESHUA.
American Idol | Reviewer: Chuck | 11/1/13
It hurt me so bad to see this song butchered by American Idol and someone allowing them to change the words and leave Jesus out. They made it a song to what ever god you want it to go to. Another George Harrison song as far as they were concerned. I hope Jesus forgives everyone.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY | Reviewer: JUVENCIO LINO AGOSTINHO. MOZAMBIQUE | 10/1/13
The Bible is clear whosever believes that JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD, AND GOD ROSE HIM UP FROM THE DEAD SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. Chris may the GRACE OF GOD BE UPON YOU. From brother in CHRIST JUVENCIO. I love worshing GOD.
Awake My Soul & Sovereign | Reviewer: Ben | 4/15/13
I thank God for making you such a great blessing,Chris.
Your song "Awake my soul" and "Sovereign"and other lyrics...nothing like that inspired me to a victorious life ; my quiet time / prayer-life and ministry received a boost under the anointing of these songs.You're in my prayers.I love you
Glad u choose to serve GOD | Reviewer: Beatrice Nabwire | 3/29/13
am so proud of u Chris Tomlin for choosing to serve God thru yo voice......your music speaks to my soul and i love it so much mostly the lovely song and my redeemer....God bless u and your family and may He guide every footstep u make.....i believe we shall meet in heaven one day.
The Name of Jesus | Reviewer: Armel Pang-ot Baday_Philippines | 2/19/13
Hello Brother Chris Tomlin, i'm always singing your songs, i love them and keep on singing at our Church, concert crusades etc.. specially THE NAME OF JESUS. by Grace i could sing them and treated you as my real brother, i really love your music. i hope that we could just meet, how i wish to see you in person. thank you so much God bless you brother. pls if you may check my FB account. just search my name. thank you so much.
like one of my favortie singers | Reviewer: maymay | 1/17/13
I just love Chris Tomlin it's crazy and i love his music i sing to his music at church and when im on the road and just about anywhere i go now but im a freshman in high school and it's crazy how much i just love Jesus Christ!!!!!
Glory be to God | Reviewer: James W Phiri | 12/5/12
Praise be to the King of Glory JESUS CHRIST,for raising you Chris its so amazing how you touch many lives on this planet earth.My life has been healed time and again when ever i listen to your music,i strongly sure that behind your lyrics there's God him self breathing his power.Its my prayer that JESUS continues to use you more powerfully so that the world hears the truth of the almighty until her comes again.
All for the glory of King JESUS.
GOD bless you.
James Phiri from Malawi.
Amazing Grace | Reviewer: Eunice | 3/28/12
I have just listened to the most emotional version of Amazing Grace, sung by our year 5 and 6 children, in their Easter Reflection. This hymn has always been a favourite of mine (memories of singing it as a child with my sisters at family gatherings). But listening to 90 10 to 11 year olds sing with such passion just gives it new meaning.
the way I was made | Reviewer: marvin suyom | 1/23/12
I am inspired as a christian musician as I am listening to your songs, lyrics are biblical rooted and profound. I am more particular with the meaning of the song first and you did great! . The bile tells us that if we have the Spirit of Christ we also have his mind...
God Bless You | Reviewer: God's Church For All | 10/10/10
I'm a member of God's Church For All and I would like to say Thank you for following Gods' will. Many people have gifts God has given them and they don't use it for Gods' glory. But you have been obedient and have won many souls for God. I enjoy listening and singing along with your songs. THANK YOU & GOD BLESS YOU
Our God | Reviewer: Lisa Kida | 8/26/10
This song is so up lifting and powerful words that our God is greater, our god is stronger. And our God is healer than any other and are wonderful God is Healer, awesome in power Our God. And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us, thank for all you and your band do for our amazing God how lives inside our heart's he mad us alive. Love singing new music with you Chris Tomlin being at concerts with you and the band together keep it up. Now ever song you have written my best song is i will rise.people know that God and the songs that chris tomlin sings really up lifts my spirits, and I go.And this is for you Chris,God gave you a great voice to sing those amazing songs,God Bless to All.
Chris te Conoci por google | Reviewer: Ruth | 7/20/10
Hi Chris, I met you through google and I could see your story and as ministers are a blessing to many lives, this is God's time where the land will be full of His glory and we will be participating in all that great. .. Bless your ministry and everything it touches your hands, God will prosper each project, so that God will continue to think that we have traveled where there are none ... AMEN, I hope to hear you, God bless you, my name is Ruth and I of PERU
Please Help | Reviewer: Pastor Graves | 6/8/10
I'm writing you because your songs are just so real and touching, they cross even race lines. The words lead people to a place where God can speak to their heart. I have a young mucisian at my church who wrote a song called Worthy, it's a beautiful song. The words remind me of the level of worship of your songs. Wouuld you listen to it and advise him how to get it out so the masses can be blessed by it.
How Great Is Our God | Reviewer: Dennis Ringler | 6/7/10
I was touched in a major way while serving a 3 year sentence in the Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. This song was instrumental in my total surrender, and I am so glad to hear that 2 years after I first led the "men in white" in worship with this song, that Chaplain Hart still has it played regularly. I have been back on the outside for 3 years this month, and it is still this song that I sing when I am feeling lost or insecure. Thanks for a wonderful song from God through you Chris, and say a prayer for the "men in white" still lifting their hands as they totally worship our God with this song during their services!
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