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Acclaimed Artist & Worship Leader Chris Tomlin Delivers Unprecedented Collection of Some of Worship Music's Most Well-Known Songs on
How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection


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NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
November 17, 2011

(November 17, 2011) Nashville, Tenn--"How Great Is Our God" continues to be the No. 1 song sung in churches around the world, and in turn, is the fastest rising modern day hymn in CCLI chart history. This week, Chris Tomlin, the voice behind the popular church anthem, released How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection in honor of the song's global impact. The album continues to prove how this acclaimed artist is leading future generations in a new direction of worship.

The 15-track album (track listing below) features seven No. 1 hits, all of which are in CCLI's Top 120 Chart. How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection also includes new renditions of "Forever," "We Fall Down" and a new version of the title track and fan favorite, "How Great Is Our God [World Edition]" featuring the international languages and voices of worship leaders Tomlin has met all over the globe on Passion world tours. This track is also the project's first single, spinning on over 19 AC stations, currently at No. 28 on the AC Indicator chart.

"I've been thinking for a while if I ever did a 'Best Of' I'd want it to be called 'How Great Is Our God' just because of what that song has done and what that song has become globally," explains the GRAMMY nominated artist. "It just seems to translate universally, as people have picked it up in their own countries and own languages. It's the most special thing I've ever recorded. It gives you a sense that this is the whole world worshipping God."

Critics are finding themselves amazed as they listen and witness the universal impact these songs have had:

"What can possibly be said about Chris Tomlin to emphasize the impact he's had on modern worship music, let alone the contemporary church as a whole? Perhaps the most sung artist anywhere on the planet, the singer/songwriter/worship leader's career crests are aptly summarized on this compilation alongside three equally momentous new cuts, all of which give listeners plenty of reasons to praise."-CCM Magazine

"This is a nice collection of hits that showcase Tomlin's acute ability to give voice to this generation of worshippers. For most though, it will be a benchmark reminder of the global influence of music and the unprecedented way God uses those willing to surrender even the simplest of worship songs to Him."-Crosswalk.com

"How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection clearly illustrates Tomlin's indelible impact on modern Christian music. Along with his co-writers and band, he has provided an entire generation of believers a platform to worship God."-The Fish

"Tomlin is literally one of the best, and this essential album collects the best on one disc for our listening, and worshiping enjoyment."-HollywoodJesus.com

The Billboard Music Award winner will also be featured on ChristianityToday.com next week, along with people from around the globe telling how these songs have impacted their lives. In addition, the December issue of CCM magazine will feature an exclusive interview with Louie Giglio speaking one-on-one with Tomlin, and an upcoming podcast with Relevant magazine will also delve deeper into Tomlin's thoughts about these songs and their undeniable influence on the worldwide church.

Performing in front of sold out crowds everywhere; Tomlin will draw the fall leg of his "And If Our God Is For Us..." tour to a close in Birmingham, AL this weekend. Also featuring Passion visionary and pastor, Louie Giglio, and labelmate, Christy Nockels, this was the follow-up to the very successful spring leg earlier this year.

For more information on Chris Tomlin, please go to www.christomlin.com.

How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection Track Listing:

  1. How Great Is Our God (World Edition) (6:05)
  2. Our God (4:44)
  3. Forever (5:26)
  4. The Wonderful Cross (with Matt Redman) (with Matt Redman 7:07)
  5. Famous One (4:18)
  6. We Fall Down (4:40)
  7. Indescribable (3:58)
  8. Holy Is The Lord (4:12)
  9. Enough (4:20)
  10. Made to Worship (4:17)
  11. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (4:26)
  12. Jesus Messiah (4:48)
  13. God of This City (Live from Passion) (5:05)
  14. I Will Rise (5:00)
  15. How Great Is Our God (5:04)

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About Chris Tomlin:
With eight records, ten No. 1 radio singles, three GRAMMY nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, 18 Dove Awards, a platinum and two gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. Referred to by Time Magazine as "most likely the mostoften sung artist anywhere," Tomlin also has 15 of the Top 100 CCLI songs with 4 of them being in the top 10. ASCAP's 2007 Songwriter of the Year, Tomlin's "How Great Is Our God" was his first No. 1 on the CCLI Top 25, moving to No. 1 after becoming one of the fasting rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. In addition to having sold more than 3.1 million albums and over 3.7 million digital tracks, Tomlin made history as his single "Jesus Messiah" (Hello Love) garnered 97 adds at radio its first week and skyrocketed to No. 1, making it the biggest ever add date in Christian Radio history. In the midst of his record breaking success, and continuing his role as worship leader at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, Tomlin continues touring and leading at Passion Conference gatherings across the US and worldwide.

About sixstepsrecords:
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords' artists include Chris Tomlin (How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection) David Crowder*Band (Oh For Joy), Charlie Hall (The Rising), Matt Redman (10,000 Reasons), Christy Nockels (Life Light Up), Kristian Stanfill (Mountains Move), and Passion (Passion: Here For You). 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 http://www.emicmg.com.

For more info on Chris Tomlin visit the JFH Artists Database.

 

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