Get to Know Chris Tomlin

The Story Behind the Popular Christian Artist

Chris Tomlin - 2014
Chris Tomlin - 2014. EMI
"The essence of what I believe the love of Christ is is that He became everything that separates from the love of God. He became our sin; he became all of the injustice in the world. He took on all of the anger, all of the adultery, all of the jealousy, all of the rage, all of the cheating and the lying, all of the stealing, the murder, the coveting ... everything ... he took it all on himself and he became that in our place so that we could be made right with God." Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin Biography

Chris Tomlin was born in east Texas on May 4, 1972 and he grew up listening to country music by bands like Alabama. His dad taught him to play guitar and he wrote his first song at the age of 14. Saved as a child, he always knew that God had a specific plan for him, but he couldn't see what that was beyond following the Lord. He finished high school and enrolled in college, graduating with a degree in Psychology. It was at that point that he started spending a lot of time with Passion founder, Louie Giglio. He took a big step of faith and became involved in the first Passion conference in 1997. The rest, as they say, is history.

Chris Tomlin Band Members & Stats:

  • Chris Tomlin (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) - Home town: Austin, TX
  • Jesse Reeves (bass guitar, harmonica, vocals)
  • Daniel Carson (electric guitar, vocals)
  • John Owen Parish (drums, loops)


  • Career sales of over five million units and 8 million digital tracks
  • 12 No. 1 radio singles
  • 4 Top 10 CCLI songs
  • Nine GRAMMY nominations
  • 20 Dove Awards
  • One Platinum and four Gold albums
  • Time Magazine called him the "most likely the most often sung artist anywhere."

Chris Tomlin Starter Songs:

  • "Spirit Fall"
  • "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)"
  • "Glory In The Highest"
  • "Take My Life"
  • "My Deliverer"

Chris Tomlin Discography:

  • Love Ran Red (2014)
  • Burning Lights (2013) - This was the fourth contemporary Christian album to ever go all the way to the top of the Billboard charts.
  • And If Our God Is For Us (2010) - Certified RIAA Gold, September 11, 2012
  • Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs Of Worship (2009) - Certified RIAA Gold, October 20, 2011
  • Hello Love (2008) - Certified RIAA Gold, July 1, 2010
  • See the Morning (2006) - Certified RIAA Gold, January 8, 2008
  • Live from Austin Music Hall (2005)
  • Arriving (2004) - Certified RIAA Gold, January 4, 2006 - Platinum, July 22, 2008
  • Not to Us (2002)
  • The Noise We Make (2001)

Chris Tomlin Compilations & Other Recordings:

  • Passion: Take It All, 2014
  • Passion: White Flag, 2012
  • Passion: Hymns Ancient & Modern - Live Songs Of Our Faith, 2004
  • In The Name Of Love: Artists United For Africa, 2004
  • Worship Together: Here I Am To Worship, 2004
  • Passion: Sacred Revolution - Songs From OneDay03, 2003
  • Worship Together: I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever, 2003
  • New Song Cafe DVD (vols. 1-4)
  • Passion: Our Love Is Loud, 2002
  • WOW Worship Green, 2001
  • Passion: OneDay Live, 2000
  • Passion: Road To OneDay, 2000

Chris Tomlin News & Notes:

  • Chris Tomlin News
  • Chris Tomlin Tour Dates
  • Chris Tomlin is up for 3 K-LOVE Fan Awards (2015)
  • Chris Tomlin has Two Shots at the 2014 Dove Awards
  • Chris Tomlin Gets Two Grammy Nods (2014)
  • One Nod for Tomlin at the 2013 Covenant Awards
  • Chris Tomlin Gets A Grammy Nod (2013)
  • Chris Tomlin Gets Three Grammy Nods (2012)
  • A SESAC Award for Tomlin (2012)
  • Chris Gets Another Billboard Nod, But Not the Win (2012)
  • Chris Tomlin Wins 2 Billboard Music Awards (2011)
  • Song of the Week - Holy is the Lord
  • Arriving - Song by Song (with links to lyrics)
  • Chris Tomlin Lyrics Challenge I & Lyrics Challenge II
  • Who Sings "Forever"?

Chris Tomlin Awards:

Worship Leader Magazine Praise Awards

  • 2003 - Best Scripture Song "Holy Is The Lord," Passion: Sacred Revolution - Songs From OneDay03
  • 2002 - Best New Song "Enough," Not To Us

Dove Awards

  • 2015 - Chris Tomlin is co-writer of Worship Song of the Year 
  • 2014 - Chris is named Dove Songwriter of the Year
  • 2013 - Chris adds two more Dove Awards to his collection
  • 2012 - Chris Tomlin Gets Four Dove Nominations, One Win
  • 2011 - 6 Nominations, 1 Win
  • 2010 - 1 Nomination
  • 2009 - 7 Nominations
  • 2008 - 2 Wins
  • 2007 - 6 Wins
  • 2006 - 2 Wins Male Vocalist of the Year & Artist of the Year
  • 2005 - Special Event Album of the Year, Praise and Worship Album of the Year (WINNER!)
  • 2004 - Special Event Album of the Year, Passion: Sacred Revolution - Songs From OneDay03
  • 2003 Praise & Worship Album of the Year, Not To Us, Special Event Album of the Year, Passion: Our Love Is Loud
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