Chris Tomlin – America’s Most Prolific Songwriter

Family Life Radio —  December 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

One of Christian music’s best-known and widely acclaimed performers, Chris Tomlin is intentional when he writes songs.

Tomlin, 41, says he tries hard to write lyrics people will remember and want to sing in church.

“I strive for trying to write something that people can sing, that people want to sing, and that people need to sing,” Tomlin told CNN in a March 2013 interview.

If his songs aren’t sung by more Christians in churches than any other artist, he’s close to the top. Tomlin’s “Holy Is the Lord and “How Great Is Our God” are standards.

“We would say that Chris is the most prolific songwriter in the United States now, in this past decade,” Howard Rachinski, CEO of Christian Copyright Licensing International, told CNN.

CCLI , which tracks music used in churches around the world, said 60,000-120,000 churches are singing Tomlin’s songs.

“Our best guess would be in the United States on any given Sunday, 20 to 30 million people would be singing Chris Tomlin’s songs,” Rachinski told the network.

The worship leader at Passion City Church in Atlanta wrote his first song at age 14 and released his first album in 2001. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. His 2013 album “Burning Lights” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, a feat matched by only three other Contemporary Christian Music albums.

He has been traveling this fall with his Burning Lights Tour. “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies),” “God’s Great Dance Floor” and “White Flag” have been popular songs from the album.

The live music video for “God’s Great Dance Floor” was released in October.

Chris Tomlin performs “God’s Dance Floor” live from the Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver.

“I can see myself singing and playing these songs in my church, and that’s what I wanted to do,” Tomlin told the Christian magazine Worship Leader. “I want this to be a real gift to the church, and I want people to be able to sing these songs. I think the beauty of it is just really captured in a lot of these songs.”