‘Chris Tomlin & Friends: Summer EP’ available July 2
Grammy Award winner Chris Tomlin is celebrating the beginning of summer with the announcement of new music and a new tour. On July 2, he will release the “Chris Tomlin & Friends: Summer EP.” On Aug. 13, Tomlin will kick off a 13-city amphitheater tour with Kari Jobe, Bethel Music and special guest Cody Carnes.
“Over the last year, I’ve come to realize that I have taken for granted the ability to gather together as the church in worship,” Tomlin said. “Ever since I was young, I have felt a calling on my life to help give people a voice to worship God and, for me, I can't think of a more critical moment in time for us to come back together and worship ... unified and as one voice. Worship is more than a concert; it’s about your soul connecting to God; it's eternal and an opportunity to join in everlasting praise. To not only worship outside amidst God’s creation, but to do it alongside some of the most influential worship leaders in the church right now is something I am honored to be a part of. This is truly going to be a moment of impact and one we will never forget.”
On the heels of the success of Tomlin’s No. 1 debuting album, “Chris Tomlin & Friends,” which currently has over 150 million global streams and had two songs featured in Spotify’s Viral 50, Tomlin is set to release a follow-up EP. The album included Tomlin’s second-longest-running No. 1 song, “Who You Are To Me” featuring Lady A, which topped the charts for six consecutive weeks and debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard country albums chart.
The “Chris Tomlin & Friends: Summer EP” is set to release July 2 and will feature superstar artist collaborations that will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
“As we are coming out of this unique moment in history, my prayer for everyone as they listen to these songs is that they feel encouraged, uplifted, and be reminded that ‘the greatest of these is love,’ ” Tomlin said. “It is with great anticipation that we head into this summer with the announcement of the tour and the upcoming release of the EP, knowing that it’s going to be filled with new memories and powerful encounters with the living God.”
“Chris Tomlin & Friends” featured 13 tracks with some of country music’s biggest superstars, including executive producers Florida Georgia Line, Lady A and Thomas Rhett, as well as Russell Dickerson, Chris Lane, RaeLynn, Cassadee Pope and Brett Young, in addition to Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE, Blessing Offor and We The Kingdom. Tomlin performed one of the tracks of the project, “Thank You Lord”, which featured FGL and Rhett, on NBC’s “Today” and CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” as part of promo for the album.
As one of the most successful Christian touring artists today, Tomlin has sold-out venues everywhere, including New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Red Rocks in Denver. It is estimated upward of 30 million people across the world sing one of Tomlin’s songs every week in church services in nearly every language. Time magazine heralded him as the “most often sung artist in the world” as his music has inspired and uplifted an entire generation of believers.
Along the way, Tomlin has scored 17 No. 1 singles at radio, placed 29 Top 10 hits (more than any other Christian artist), sold more than 9 million albums and has 4.5 billion career global streams. In 2016, he was named one of only four artists ever to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 billion digital radio streams, alongside Justin Timberlake, Pitbull and Garth Brooks. Tomlin is also the first Christian artist to reach the Billion streams threshold on Pandora and was presented with the BILLIONAIRE award.