Grammy Award-winner Chris Tomlin revealed the track listing and country collaborations Thursday for his “Chris Tomlin & Friends: Summer EP,” releasing July 2. The EP, produced by Corey Crowder, contains three new songs featuring Tomlin with Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line), who also served as executive producer; Jimmie Allen and Russell Dickerson. The project also includes two previously released tracks featuring Russell, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett from “Chris Tomlin & Friends,” a No. 1 album released last year.
Chris spoke to USA Today/Tennessean about his excitement for the new music, his growing relationships in Nashville, and this new wave of cross genre collaboration, one that is founded in faith and brings a message of unity and hope to an even greater audience.
“There is incredible power in collaboration and to be able to come together again with some of the biggest names in country music and write songs about our shared faith is something that could only be orchestrated by God,” Tomlin said. “I am so grateful for Tyler, Russell and Jimmie’s willingness to use their platform and influence for something that has the power to change people’s lives. This project has always been about smashing up the genres and allowing music about faith and love to meet people where they are and be right in the center of our lives. My hope and prayer are that these new songs will have a lasting impact that goes beyond anything we could ever see or know.”
Hubbard said, “I’ve loved working with Chris and find what he’s doing to be very bold and courageous. I’m not only inspired by the brotherhood we’ve created, but his want to expand his powerful message of hope, love and Christ. Our meeting was such a God thing, and what a cool opportunity for us to team up again, be able to create music together, and unite our two worlds even more.”
Dickerson said, “ ‘Talk To Him’ was the first song we ever wrote together, and we knew it was the start of something special. It’s about how talking to God is like talking to a friend. No matter where you are or what it is, he is always listening!”
The “Chris Tomlin & Friends: Summer EP” track listing includes:
•“Good To Be Loved” feat. Tyler Hubbard (Chris Tomlin, Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder, Blessing Offor)
•“Talk To Him” feat. Russell Dickerson (Chris Tomlin, Russell Dickerson, Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder, Ashley Gorley)
•“Love People” feat. Jimmie Allen (Chris Tomlin, Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder, Dave Barnes)
•“Thank You Lord” feat. Florida Georgia Line & Thomas Rhett (Chris Tomlin, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder, David Garcia)
•“Sing” feat. Russell Dickerson & Florida Georgia Line (Chris Tomlin, Corey Crowder, Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard, Cary Barlowe)
“Chris Tomlin & Friends” currently has over 150 million global streams and featured two songs in Spotify’s Viral 50. The album included Tomlin’s second-longest-running No. 1 song, “Who You Are To Me,” featuring Lady A, that topped the charts for six consecutive weeks. Tomlin previously spoke to Billboard about the friendships he built while making the album, which featured 13 tracks with executive producers Florida Georgia Line, Lady A and Rhett as well as Dickerson, Chris Lane, RaeLynn, Cassadee Pope and Brett Young, in addition to Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE, Blessing Offor and We The Kingdom.
On Aug. 13, Tomlin will launch a 13-city amphitheater tour with Kari Jobe, Bethel Music and special guest Cody Carnes. Tickets are on sale at www.christomlin.com.