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- Chris Tomlin (born May 4, 1972) is a Christian worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas. He is a staff member at Austin Stone Community Church and is signed to sixstepsrecords, Passion Conferences' division of Sparrow Records. Tomlin also leads worship at many Passion events. Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Indescribable", "Forever", "Famous One", "We Fall Down", and "Holy Is the Lord".
Tomlin's band, in which he performs vocals, acoustic guitar, and piano, consists of Daniel Carson (electric guitar, backup vocals), Jesse Reeves (bass guitar, harmonica, backup vocals, co-songwriter), and Travis Nunn (drums, loops). The latter replaced Ryan Sandlin, as drummer sometime in 2004. Tomlin and the band developed while working with the Harvest
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Where are you from originally? Grand Saline, TX
Favorite place you've traveled to? Any Colorado mountain town
Best meal you prepare? Turkey and swiss sandwich
Pet peeve? Airline rules
Your most annoying habit? Losing my wallet, keys, cell phone, etc.
What makes you laugh? Just about anything … I'm an easy audience
Your favorite web site? USAToday.com
Last good book you read? David McCullough's Mornings on Horseback (The life of Theodore Roosevelt)
Last good movie you saw? Walk the Line
Band/artist you're listening to the most right now? Hillsong United
Band/artist that comes closest to your sound? Matt Redman
Age you became a Christian? 9
Your favorite Bible verse? Numbers 14:24
Last lesson God taught you? Always keeping me humble
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The well-known worship leader has an aw-shucks, wide-eyed wonder that has survived commercial success, industry accolades, and worldwide popularity. Millions sing his songs in churches every week, but he remains in awe of God's faithfulness. We talked to Tomlin about his new album, See the Morning, and more.
By Stan Friedman
Do you sit down and say "I'm going to write a song," or is it more of waiting on the Spirit?
Chris Tomlin: I can't just sit down and write. Songs come to me in pieces. Some come right away. Others take a long time. It's usually inspired by a Scripture I've been reading.
Is it a worshipful experience when you are recording in the studio?
Tomlin: Work is our own worship to God. How we go about our lives is worship. It is a worship process. I think that's very biblical.
Do you always feel worshipful when you are up front leading?
Tomlin: I don't know how you lead people where you're not going. But worship is not just how we feel at the moment.
How do you lead worship when you're not feeling it?
Tomlin: That's the sacrifice of praise. Those are the times you know what your relationship is about. That's when you find out how true it is.
Is there room for biblical lament in modern worship songs?
Tomlin: There is so much pain in the world, and there is lament in so much of the Scriptures. I think that's why Matt [Redman]'s "Blessed Be Your Name" really connects with people. People need the opportunity to cry out. That's the whole idea of See the Morning. The Bible keeps talking about the morning. The morning is a symbol of hope for a new day. Psalm 35 says, "Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." Lamentations 3:23 says the Lord's "mercies are new every morning."
How can a worship leader help people lament and work through their pain?
Tomlin: It's one thing if you're leading a different group night after night [on a concert tour], because you're not in a community of people. It's different when you're leading a church body, where you have a better sense of the people and what they're struggling with.
Do you think about how we worship with our bodies? Some raise their hands, some dance, some stand still, and so on.
Tomlin: It has a lot to do with our culture. We're pretty bad at our bodily expression of worship. It can be a bit frustrating when people are standing there with their arms folded.
How do you deal with being a celebrity and a worship leader?
Tomlin: I don't really concern myself with that. I want to be where God wants me. When the spotlight is on me, it's on God. I just want to be a reflection of God's light. It's like the moon—it doesn't give off its own light; it's a reflection of the sun's light.
How do you maintain your humility?
Tomlin: I come from a very humble place. I come from a small town. I also can't get caught up in what other people think. In the Bible, everyone who saw God was humbled. Isaiah and Moses and Paul—they were all humbled. You can't help but be humbled.
How have you changed as your popularity has soared?
Tomlin: The more this has grown, the more I've realized this is from God. There is a greater sense of responsibility.
What do you want people to get out of listening to your records?
Tomlin: My hope is that the songs would find their way into churches, that maybe some of the songs would last for years and be meaningful for people.
How can Christian artists get their music out and not give into crass marketing campaigns?
Tomlin: That's stuff I really don't worry about. I do know the motives of people in our camp. They're not trying just to make money. They're trying to get the music out to minister to people.
No company, no amount of marketing can make a song reach into these poor areas of Asia and Africa and the rest of the world. They can't do it. It has to be of the Holy Spirit.
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