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.