Chris Tomlin wrote his first worship song at age 14, spent mid-1990s leading worship at the Dawson McAllister Youth Conferences, as well as at various camps around the state of Texas.
Following college, Chris Tomlin continued to play and write songs, and in 1997, joined Passion Conference and has has played a key role ever since. His first nationally released solo project, titled The Noise We Make, was released in 2001, which saw the emergence of songs "Forever," "Be Glorified", and "Kindness", all of which made the top 200 in the CCLI 2005 top 500 worship songs.
Since then, Chris Tomlin has released many more studio albums, most notably Arriving, which is considered his breakout album, since it produced four number one hits ("Indescribable" (written by Laura Story), "Holy Is the Lord," "How Great Is Our God," and "The Way I Was Made"), and two other songs ("On Our Side" and "Mighty is the Power of the Cross", written with Shawn Craig of Phillips, Craig, and Dean, Arriving was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2008.
Just one year after Arriving, Chris Tomlin released his first solo live album, titled Live From Austin Music Hall, and in 2006, he released his fourth studio album, See the Morning. was nominated for two Grammy Awards,been certified Gold by the RIAA, and won Chris Tomlin six Dove Awards in 2007, including a second consecutive "Artist of the Year" win. The three singles off this album have all been top five songs on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs Chart, and have all reached the number one position on the Radio & Records's Christian AC Chart.
Although he is a solo artist, Tomlin travels around with a consistent band lineup. He also writes many of his songs with the members of his band. His band, in which he performs, and piano, consists of Daniel Carson (electric guitar, backup vocals), Jesse Reeves (bass guitar, backup vocals), Travis Nunn (drums), and Matt Gilder (piano, keys).
According to Christian Copyright Licensing International's list of the top 25 worship songs in the United States as of August 2007, Chris Tomlin held five spots with songs he has either written or co-written with other songwriters: "How Great Is Our God" (#1), "Forever" (#5), "Holy Is the Lord" (#7), "We Fall Down" (#12),and "Indescribable" (#22). On 20 the countdown magazine in 2008 on the top 20 praise and worship songs so far, Chris Tomlin held 6 spots: "We Fall Down" (#14), "Forever" (#10), "Holy is the Lord" (#8), "Indescribable" (#6), "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" (#3), and "How Great is our God" (#1).
On June 14, 2007, Chris Tomlin's version of the song "Indescribable" (written by Laura Story) was used as the official wake-up call for Mission Specialist Patrick Forrester on Space Shuttle mission STS-117.
In July 2007, Chris Tomlin joined Hillsong to open the conference with his song "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)."
On January 7-11 2008, Chris Tomlin participated in the Compassionart International Songwriting retreat, a retreat, which was dedicated to writing songs whose revenues will go to the poorest of the poor. Other prominent Christian songwriters that went included Matt Redman, Martin Smith, Stuart Garrard, and Steven Curtis Chapman.
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|Inside Your Love||1995||Independent|
|The Noise We Make||2001||SixSteps Records|
|Not To Us||2002||SixSteps Records|
|Live from Austin Music Hall||2005||SixSteps Records|
|See the Morning||2006||SixSteps Records|
|Hello Love||2008||SixSteps Records|
|Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs Of Worship||2009||SixSteps Records|
|And If Our God Is For Us... [+Digital Booklet]||2010||SixSteps Records|
|Burning Lights||2013||SixSteps Records|