Monday, November 15, 2010

Chris Tomlin Review

With six records, nine No. 1 radio singles, three GRAMMY nominations, 16 Dove Awards, a platinum and two gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin has experienced much success throughout his musical career. Time Magazine referred to him as most likely “the most often sung artist anywhere,” as it is estimated that over 40 million people sing his songs in church each week.  In the midst of selling more than 3.1 million albums and over 3.7 million digital tracks, Chris Tomlin has found time to record a brand new album And If Our God Is For Us... (sixstepsrecords) releasing nationwide on November 16.

As one of the most influential artist in contemporary Christian music, this album is one of the most anticipated projects of the year. Tomlin once again partnered with the legendary Ed Cash  (Caedmon’s Call, David Crowder*Band) and explored new musical avenues with Dan Muckala (Amy Grant, MercyMe, The Afters) and already his debut single “I Will Follow” is proving to be another hit charting at No. 10  on AC Indicator, No. 19 on AC Monitored and No. 16 on National Christian Audience Chart.

I was very excited to be asked to review this album.  I love Chris' music and have always been a fan.  In preparation for this review, I was reading his bio and was so impressed by this:

Chris Tomlin is an interesting enigma. With nine No. 1 songs and over three million album sales to his credit, he’s one of the most successful artists in music. At the same time, he’s one of the least known. Ask anyone about Chris Tomlin and only a few will tell you they know him well.
 There’s a reason for the subtle mystery. All the songs---including such anthems as “How Great is Our God,” “Forever,” and “Holy is the Lord,” the sold out concert dates around the world and the millions in CD sales have never been about elevating Chris Tomlin, but about worshiping God.

I love that about him.  You may not know his name or his face, but if you listen to Christian music, you would know his songs if you heard them.  Our church has been singing his title song, And If Our god Is For Us, for some time and it is one of my favorites.  In these days of struggle, when we are seeing everything but Christianity be tolerated, I love being reminded that if our God is for us who can stop us...if our God is with us who can stand against?!!!  

I knew I would enjoy this album, but I wasn't prepared to love every single song......and I do!!!  I honestly have listen to this over and over for the last week. Chris Tomlin has a beautiful way of bringing you into the presence of Christ.

The 2nd song on the album, I Will Follow, completely convicted me.  Do I follow Christ like that?  Do I want to?  YES!!  I want to love who He loves and serve the way He does.  I think this is my new favorite song!!

If you know of Chris' music, then I am sure you already have pre-ordered this album.  But in case his name is unfamiliar to you, go out and buy it won't regret it!!


gemini said...

I heard his music and love it....hope he continues to bless others about his music...thanks for sharing. Link to my post too and God bless.

Mocha with Linda said...

I love Chris and his music and his humility. I'm looking forward to this CD!

Jewel said...

Yes, I'm looking forward to seeing it on shelves, and excited to listen to it in the car! I first heard of him when I saw him in concert probably 4 years ago. So so so good!

Mimi said...

I love music, but am not familiar with him, I'm going to check it out!

Hugs & love,

Rhonda said...

I LOVE Chris Tomlin! He is one of my favorites! I bought Michael one of his newer CD's (it may be the one your talking about). It has "Our God" on it which is my hubbys favorite song right now. I LOVE this CD!! I love every song on it!!!