NASHVILLE, TN....2/4/09...Three-time GRAMMY nominee Chris Tomlin recently kicked off his "HELLO LOVE TOUR" in a big way, performing to over 40,000 fans in just the first 10 dates alone. Also featuring Israel Houghton and New Breed, markets including Baltimore, Newark, Hershey, Grand Rapids and Philadelphia have all reported capacity and/or sold out crowds.
"The Hello Love tour is more than just a show," remarked Mike Alley, Director of Live Events for WRBS, and the promoter of the sold out Baltimore show. "It is more than just a praise concert. It is a Worship Experience. To look out over almost 8,000 people of every age, color and race singing and sharing together...I believe I glimpsed a small part of what Heaven will look like."
On the heels of his seventh No. 1 single, a new one launching this week ("I Will Rise"), and releasing HELLO LOVE, which took the No. 9 spot on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and was the highest charting iTunes debut ever for Christian album, Tomlin launched the tour on January 22nd in Hershey, PA. The tour will hit over 36 cities across the U.S. through April 9th, including Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and more.
The HELLO LOVE TOUR is also supporting onemillioncan.com, a cause Tomlin is very passionate about, and which says every single one of us really can make a difference. Proof has came from PASSION events where over one million dollars has been raised to dig wells for Kenyan villages, provide life-altering surgeries for children in Afghanistan, and build homes for former child soldiers in Uganda. Throughout the HELLO LOVE TOUR, stories are being be shared about how the organization is continuously impacting lives to help people realize that they can do a lot with just a little.
With the Grand Rapids Press giving the show a 3.5 out of 4 star rating, the audience's response to Tomlin was recently compared with that of one of the biggest pop acts of the moment by The New York Times, while the Cedar Rapids Gazette remarked how "It's so easy to see why worship leaders and congregations embrace Tomlin's music - every song stirs the soul and compels you to sing along."
The artist Time Magazine calls "the most often sung artist anywhere" is currently performing new songs and past favorites, and while featuring Israel Houghton and New Breed, has also brought Christy Nockels out to be a part of the tour to sing vocals with Tomlin and perform her new single, "Life Light Up" which goes for radio adds on March 6th. One of the most recognizable and noted female voices in Christian music, Nockels has been leading as part of the Passion movement more than ten years. The most recent artist to join the sixstepsrecords' family, her upcoming full-length label debut releases June 2, 2009.
With six records, seven No. 1 radio singles, three 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.
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 (The 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)
2/04 Tulsa, OK - Spirit Bank Events Center
2/06 Denver, CO - Wells Fargo Theater
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 Portland, OR - Rolling Hills Community Church
3/08 Seattle, WA - Kent ShoWare 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 Bojangles' Coliseum
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
For more information on Chris Tomlin, visit the JFH Artists Database
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