Artist Spotlight – Discovering the Impact of Chris Tomlin


Did you know that Chris Tomlin is one of the most successful and influential Christian music artists of his generation? With a multitude of powerful songs, gold and platinum albums, and a heart for sincere worship, Tomlin holds a unique place in the world of Christian music. In this week’s Artist Spotlight, we introduce the trailblazing career of Chris Tomlin and how he has made a lasting impact on contemporary Christian music.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Chris Tomlin was born on May 4, 1972, in Grand Saline, Texas. He grew up in a religious family and started playing music from a young age. Tomlin wrote his first worship song at the age of 14, and by the time he attended college, he knew that he wanted to pursue a career in Christian music.

Tomlin was influenced by country music legends like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, who taught him how to craft meaningful songs with simple melodies. He also learned to play guitar from his father, who gave him a copy of Nelson’s Stardust album as a key influence. Tomlin developed his musical skills and style through various mentors and challenges that he faced along the way.

After attending Tyler Junior College and Texas A&M University, Tomlin began leading worship at a local campus ministry group in College Station, Texas. He eventually joined the Passion movement led by Louie Giglio in 1997. This connection provided a platform for Tomlin to share his music with a broader audience and led him to record his first solo album, “The Noise We Make,” in 2001.

Musical Success and Influence

Over the past two decades, Chris Tomlin has released numerous albums and written several chart-topping songs that have become staples in worship services around the world. His hits include “How Great Is Our God,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Our God,” “Good Good Father,” and many others.

Tomlin has received numerous accolades for his contributions to Christian music, including a Grammy Award, numerous Dove Awards, and several Billboard Music Awards. He has been recognized as one of the most successful and influential Christian music artists of his generation.

But more than awards and recognition, Tomlin’s music has impacted people’s lives and culture in profound ways. His songs have inspired, comforted, and challenged people in their faith journeys. His songs have also been used in various events and occasions, such as presidential inaugurations, natural disasters relief efforts, and social justice movements. Tomlin’s music has transcended boundaries and touched the hearts of millions of believers worldwide.

Ministry and Outreach

Beyond his musical career, Chris Tomlin is also known for his dedication to humanitarian work and ministry outreach. In 2010, he established the “Angel Armies” foundation, which focuses on supporting faith-based organizations that address critical issues faced by at-risk children and families.

Some of the projects that Angel Armies supports include providing resources and support for foster care families, preventing child abuse and neglect, empowering vulnerable youth through education and mentoring, and finding permanent homes for orphans. Tomlin’s vision is to give a voice to the foster care and orphan crisis in the United States through equipping the Church with the tools and support needed to solve this issue once and for all.

Tomlin is also a devoted worship leader. He continues to lead worship at various conferences, churches, and events around the world, sharing his passion for Christ and bringing the gospel to life through his music. He has collaborated with some of the best-in-class organizations and artists in Christian music, such as Hillsong United, TobyMac, Pat Barrett, Lauren Daigle, Matt Redman, and many others.

Recent Activities

Chris Tomlin is not slowing down anytime soon. He is constantly working on new projects and initiatives that showcase his musical talent and ministry heart. Some of his recent activities include:

  • He released his new album “Always” on September 9, 2022, which features 13 tracks of worship songs that celebrate God’s faithfulness and love.
  • He is currently on tour with MercyMe, another popular Christian music band, for the “Always and Forever Tour” that runs from October 7 to November 14, 2022. The tour will visit 23 cities across the United States and Canada³, offering fans a night of uplifting and inspiring music.
  • He recently participated in a special concert in Nashville on April 4, 2023, along with other country stars like Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, to honor the victims of the Covenant School shooting that happened on March 22, 2023. The concert raised fundsand awareness for the families and survivors of the tragedy.
  • He is also preparing for the upcoming GMA Dove Awards, where he is nominated for four awards, including Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Who You Are to Me” featuring Lady A. He will also co-host the awards show with Erica Campbell on October 19, 2023.


Chris Tomlin’s music continues to inspire and touch the lives of believers worldwide. His unwavering commitment to writing and performing worship songs that exalt Jesus Christ makes him a noteworthy figure in the history of Christian music. In this Artist Spotlight, we celebrate the impact of Chris Tomlin on the Christian music landscape and look forward to the lasting legacy he is creating for future generations.

[Juiblee Colomn]Unfolding Praise: 1. The Meaning of Praise in Christian Worship


Praise is an essential component of Christian worship. As believers gather to express their adoration and gratitude to God, praise connects them with their Creator and strengthens their faith. In this column, we will explore the biblical understanding of praise, its importance in worship, examples from Scripture, and the use of praise in contemporary worship settings.

Definition of Praise

Praise can be defined as the expression of admiration or adoration towards God for who He is and what He has done. The Bible presents various Hebrew and Greek words that convey meanings such as praise, thanksgiving, and worship. For example, the Hebrew word halal means to boast or celebrate God’s greatness, the Hebrew word yadah means to confess or acknowledge God’s deeds, and the Greek word eucharisteo means to give thanks or express gratitude to God. These expressions involve both verbal declarations of God’s worthiness and non-verbal actions like clapping hands, raising arms, or dancing.

The Importance of Praise in Worship

Praise holds great importance in Christian worship for various reasons. First, it allows believers to express their genuine gratitude and adoration to God for His attributes and blessings. For example, Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Second, praise strengthens the faith of believers by reminding them of God’s goodness and faithfulness, leading to a deeper understanding of His character. For example, Psalm 103:2-5 says, “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Finally, praise fosters a sense of communal unity, as believers join together in acknowledging God’s sovereignty. For example, Ephesians 5:19-20 says, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Biblical Examples of Praise

Scripture provides numerous examples of praise from both the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, the book of Psalms serves as the hymnbook of ancient Israel, capturing a rich collection of praises to God. The song of Moses and Miriam in Exodus 15 illustrates how the people of Israel praised God after experiencing His deliverance from Egypt. They sang, “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Exodus 15:1-2). This song reflects how God’s miraculous intervention in saving Israel from slavery and oppression in Egypt inspired them to celebrate His power and grace. In the New Testament, the Magnificat (Mary’s Song) in Luke 1:46-55 and other praises in the Gospels and the early Church demonstrate the continuation of the tradition of praising God for His works and character. Mary sang, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble” (Luke 1:46-47; 51-52). This song reveals how Mary’s praise was a prophetic declaration of God’s justice and mercy in fulfilling His promises to Israel and the world.

The Use of Praise in Contemporary Worship

Contemporary worship incorporates a wide range of praise forms, from traditional hymns to modern worship songs. Praise and worship leaders play a crucial role in guiding the congregation in singing and participating in praising God. The impact of praise on the worshiping community can be profound, drawing people closer to God and to one another, deepening their faith and unity, and fostering spiritual growth. However, contemporary worship also faces some challenges and opportunities in incorporating praise forms. For instance, contemporary worship needs to balance between tradition and innovation, diversity and unity, personal expression and corporate participation, or cultural relevance and biblical fidelity. It also needs to consider the benefits and drawbacks of using different musical styles, instruments or technologies in praising God. For example, some musical styles may be more conducive to expressing certain emotions or themes, while others may be more accessible or appealing to different audiences or generations. Some instruments or technologies may enhance the quality or variety of praise, while others may distract or detract from the focus or simplicity of praise. These issues require careful discernment and evaluation from both the worship leaders and the worshipers, as they seek to praise God effectively in today’s world.


Understanding the meaning of praise in Christian worship is essential for a thriving spiritual life. Recognizing its biblical foundations and the value it brings to both individual believers and the wider faith community can inspire Christians to engage more fully in praising God during worship, contributing to a richer communal experience and a deeper intimacy with the Creator.

(This column is the first in a series of columns ‘Unfolding Praise: Exploring the Many Facets of Praise in Christian Worship’)

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