GRAMMY winner Chris Tomlin digitally released his latest project Chris Tomlin & Friends today. The project includes 13 tracks with Chris featuring super stars Florida Georgia Line, who also executive produced the album, Lady A and Thomas Rhett as well as several of today’s biggest country music artists including Russell Dickerson, Chris Lane, RaeLynn, Cassadee Pope and Brett Young in addition to Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE, Blessing Offor and We The Kingdom. Chris Tomlin & Friends will be available as a physical album on August 28.
“This is more than just an album with featured artists, those types of albums have existed forever, this record is new and is all about coming together and working together. I have always felt a calling to help give people a voice to worship God and for me this record is a step towards breaking down walls and smashing up the genres. One of my goals is for this music to be accessible to a wider audience. The way I look at it, music about faith, God, salvation and forgiveness doesn’t only have to come from any one genre.”
Chris told CMT.com, “This album has no rules. And that’s the beautiful thing.”
The album’s debut single “Who You Are To Me”, written by Chris Tomlin, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, is at Christian radio now. In less than three weeks the song has leaped to #17 on the Christian Airplay chart and has been the most added song the last three weeks in a row.
Billboard, exclusively breaking the news of the Chris Tomlin & Friends album, spoke to the ‘Christian superstar’ about how country and Christian music have always been closely aligned. Chris said that many of the artists were inspired by worship music in their youth and how he himself as a kid from Texas was influenced by country music. The first song he ever learned to play on guitar was Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.”
Chris sat down with the Tennessean this week and talked how this album was never a planned project, proving Nashville’s music community is tight and based on friendships and comradery. “All these relationships were happening out of the blue,” Chris said. “There was nobody behind the scenes, pulling the levers. It was just this collaboration that happened in a very organic way.”
Cmt.com touts that the project “runs deep into the well of country music’s most gifted singers and songwriters.” Chris said, “There was really never the thought of, ’Let’s make a record together.’ It was more like, ‘These friendships started, and wouldn’t it be cool to see what would happen if we wrote some songs together. This album has no rules. And that’s the beautiful thing.”
Chris will be featured in American Songwriter magazine, ChurchLeader/Outreach magazine, CMT HOT 20, CountryNow, eonline.com, Forbes, Fox Entertainment, Lifeway magazine, Music Row magazine, PopCulture, Sounds Like Nashville, Worship Online podcast, and many more, plus People Country Facebook Live today at NOON EST.
The album was executive produced by Florida Georgia Line. Corey Crowder produced 12 out of 13 tracks with David Garcia producing one track and Ed Cash and Dave Haywood each co-producing one.
Chris Tomlin & Friends Track Listing:
1. “Thank You Lord” (Intro)
2. “Thank You Lord” feat. Florida Georgia Line & Thomas Rhett (Chris Tomlin, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder, David Garcia)
3. “Reaching For You” feat. We The Kingdom (Chris Tomlin, Shay Mooney, Ed Cash)
4. “Who You Are To Me” feat. Lady A (Chris Tomlin, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood)
5. “God Who Listens” feat. Thomas Rhett (Chris Tomlin, Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley, David Garcia)
6. “Power” feat. Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE (Chris Tomlin, Pat Barrett, Ed Cash)
7. “Be The Moon” feat. Brett Young & Cassadee Pope (Chris Tomlin, Corey Crowder, Tyler Hubbard)
8. “Sing” feat. Russell Dickerson & Florida Georgia Line ((Chris Tomlin, Corey Crowder, Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard, Cary Barlowe)
9. “Chase Me Down” feat. RaeLynn (Racheal Lynn David, Josh Kerr, Hannah Ellis)
10. “Gifts From God” feat. Chris Lane (Chris Tomlin, Corey Crowder, Tyler Hubbard)
11. “Forever Home” feat. Florida Georgia Line ((Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Ashley Gorley, Corey Crowder)
12. “Together” feat. Russell Dickerson (Chris Tomlin, Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard, Russell Dickerson, Corey Crowder)
13. “Tin Roof” feat. Blessing Offor (Blessing Offor, Natalie Hemby)
[Photo Credit: Robby Klein]