Christopher Dwayne Tomlin, 4 May 1972, Austin, Texas, USA. This CCM singer-songwriter joined a number of other praise and worship artists who breached the US mainstream in the new millennium. A native of East Texas, Tomlin grew up listening to country music and learning to play guitar by listening to Willie Nelson albums. His strong Christian faith led him to become involved with the Passion movement, touring throughout America and appearing on popular recordings such asWoW Worship and Passion: Our Love Is Loud. He also co-founded Austin Stone Community Church in his home town.
By now firmly installed as a rising star of the modern worship circuit, Tomlin made the transition to mainstream recording artist with the release of The Noise We Make in 2001. Subsequent recordings (Not To Us) and Arriving offered further evidence of Tomlins ability to craft melodic pop rock material to rival many mainstream acts, albeit with lyrics declaiming his religious faith and the greatness of God rather than more worldly matters. The latter album broke into the US Top 40 in October 2004, while the follow-up See The Morning broached the Top 20 two years later. Between 2005 and 2007, Tomlin walked away with 12 Dove Awards.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.