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CHRIS TOMLIN ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE ‘HELLO LOVE TOUR’
WITH ISRAEL HOUGHTON AND NEW BREED




NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
October 1, 2008

NASHVILLE, TN....10/1/08...On the heels of his seventh No. 1 single, releasing his chart-breaking project HELLO LOVE, which took the No. 9 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and was the highest charting iTunes® debut ever for any album in the Christian industry, Chris Tomlin has announced his ‘HELLO LOVE TOUR,’ featuring Israel Houghton and New Breed.

“For me, it’s always been about the relationship between music and the people,” explains Tomlin about live shows. “What could be better than a tour where you get to travel from city to city leading people to experience God? It is a privilege and honor doing it with Israel Houghton. Israel and his band are incredible musicians who have a passion for worship. In fact, when my band heard they would tour with us, they said, ‘We need to practice!’ We hope this tour unites the Church in worship like never before.”

The nationwide tour, which kicks off on January 22 in Hershey, PA, will hit over 35 cities across the U.S. through April 9th, including Baltimore, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Newark and more. Tickets for shows through February 6th go on sale today, October 1st, with the remaining cities available as of December 1st. To purchase tickets online, http://www.christomlin.com.

“On behalf of myself and the New Breed team, we are beyond excited about being a part of this tour,” says Houghton. “From the moment we heard about it we knew we wanted to serve alongside such a gifted worship team as Chris Tomlin and his crew. He has successfully impacted the Church and the world through his songs and worship, and it's an honor to join him for the ‘HELLO LOVE TOUR’ in 2009.”

The artist Time Magazine calls “the most often sung artist anywhere” is currently performing new songs and past favorites on Passion’s first world tour, recently returning from South Africa, and scheduled to hit Mexico City, Vancouver, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney this fall. For more PASSION World Tour details please go to www.ChrisTomlin.com.

With six records, seven No. 1 radio singles, two GRAMMY nominations, 14 Dove Awards, one platinum and one gold album to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. Referred to by Time Magazine as “the most often sung artist anywhere,” Tomlin additionally has 10 Top 100 CCLI songs with 6 in the top 25. ASCAP’s 2007 Songwriter of the Year, Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God” was his first No. 1 on the CCLI Top 25. The award-winning song moved to No. 1 after becoming one of the fasting rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. Tomlin continues to tour many dates every year and plays regularly at Passion Conferences in the States and worldwide.

With two Grammy® Awards, a Soul Train Award and multiple Dove and Stellar Awards, Israel and New Breed’s desire to draw people of all races, ages and cultures together through worship has only grown stronger as they strive to create music that breaks down barriers and defies categorization. Their gold-certified album Live From Another Level catapulted them into the limelight, followed by the gold-certified and Grammy® Award winning Alive in South Africa and Grammy® nominated A Timeless Christmas. In 2007, A Deeper Level, garnered them their second Grammy® Award and two 2008 Dove Awards. A special salute to Gospel Music during the 50th Annual Grammy® Award Ceremony also allowed them to sharie the Grammy® stage with the legendary Aretha Franklin and perform their radio hit “With Long Life” during the 2008 live telecast. Additional information is available at www.newbreedmusic.com or www.myspace.com/israelandnewbreedofficial.

About sixstepsrecords:
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords (www.sixstepsrecords.com) is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (HELLO LOVE), David Crowder* Band (Remedy), Charlie Hall (Bright Sadness), Matt Redman (Beautiful News), and Passion (Passion: God of This City). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations.

About EMI CMG Label Group:
Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI CMG Label Group is comprised of Sparrow Records, Forefront Records, and Credential Recordings, in addition to providing A&R and marketing support for sixstepsrecords via a joint venture and licensing partnership. Balancing freedom, discipline, creativity, profitability and ministry, EMI CMG Label Group strives for excellence in artist development. The Label Group is a division of EMI Christian Music Group. For further information, please visit www.emicmg.com.

HELLO LOVE TOUR DATES (all dates subject to change)

1/22 Hershey, PA - Giant Center
1/23 Newark, NJ - Prudential Arena
1/24 Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
1/25 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
1/27 University Park, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
1/29 Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
1/30 Cedar Rapids, IA - US Cellular Center
1/31 Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
2/02 Omaha (Council Bluffs, IA), NE - Mid-America Center
2/03 Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
2/04 Tulsa, OK - Spirit Bank Events Center
2/06 Denver, CO - Wells Fargo Center
2/20 Houston (Cypress), TX - Berry Center
2/21 Dallas (Grand Prairie), TX - Nokia Theatre
2/22 San Antonio, TX - Municipal Auditorium
2/24 El Paso, TX - Abundant Living Faith Center
2/26 Las Vegas, NV - Canyon Ridge Church
2/27 Phoenix (Glendale), AZ - Jobing.com Arena
2/28 Universal City, CA - Universal Gibson Amphitheater
3/03 San Diego, CA - The Rock Church
3/05 San Jose, CA - San Jose State Event Center
3/06 Sacramento, CA - Memorial Auditorium
3/07 Salem, OR - Oregon State Fair Pavilion
3/08 Seattle, WA - Key Arena
3/26 North Little Rock, AR - Alltel Arena
3/27 Indianapolis, IN - Conseco Fieldhouse
3/28 Chicago (Hoffman Estates), IL - Sears Centre
3/29 St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
3/31 Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
4/02 Charlotte, NC - Cricket Arena
4/03 Tampa, FL - Idlewild Baptist Church
4/04 West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater
4/05 Jacksonville, FL - Veterans Memorial Arena
4/07 Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Coliseum
4/08 Greenville, SC - Timmons Arena/Furman Univ.
4/09 Winston Salem, NC - Joel Coliseum Theatre

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