Maverick City Music, Chris Tomlin, Anne Wilson & More of Your Favorite Christian Artists Are Nominated for GRAMMY® Awards This Year
By Lindsay Williams
From his rural Texas roots, cutting his chops on his father’s Country-Western record collection, to the small Baptist church where he was first compelled by congregational singing, and now in his current position as the definitive worship leader for the worldwide church, Chris Tomlin has always been motivated to provide spiritual seekers a voice to talk with God through music. “Even as a kid, when I played at church, I loved the sound of people singing,” Chris says, remembering his first impressions of hearing his home congregation raise the roof in praise. “I had no clue I would become a worship leader. I just loved to play music that people could sing with, and I loved it when people would sing to God.”
Fast-forward thirty years and the artist whose humble demeanor suggests music is as much his heart’s calling as a heady career has sold millions of albums, streamed billions of tracks, spawned 16 #1 radio singles and been awarded with multiple RIAA Gold and Platinum certifications, and a list of Grammy, Dove, Billboard Music and American Music Awards.
Touted by TIME Magazine as “the most often sung artist anywhere,” on any given Sunday tens of millions of people in churches across the globe sing songs from Chris’ rich, worship-focused catalog. Consistently ranking in the Top 20 of the CCLI Top 100 chart years after initial release, his benchmark anthems include “At the Cross (Love Ran Red),” “Our God” and “How Great is our God” – one of the fastest rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. His latest #1 single-turned-corporately sung staple, “Good, Good Father,” was RIAA certified Gold after spending 15 weeks atop the Billboard Top Christian Tracks Chart.