GRAMMY winner and multi-platinum recording artist Chris Tomlin is celebrating the RIAA Gold certifications for his 2010 album And If Our God Is For Us… and his 2009 Christmas album Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship. And If Our God Is For Us… was awarded a GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2012 and Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Holiday albums chart.
Speaking at a special event in Atlanta this week attended by his sixstepsrecords team including Louie and Shelley Giglio, as well as Capitol Christian Music Group’s Bill Hearn, Peter York and many others, Tomlin commented, “I’m so honored to celebrate these two Gold records. It takes an incredible team! My name may be on the plaque, but I know all the work that goes in to it from many, many people and I am so grateful. I am honored to write songs for the Church. Long after Gold records fade, record labels fade and the earth fades, the Church will stand. I am so humbled to be a part of that Church.”
The RIAA Gold certifications add to a long list of accolades for Tomlin this year, including his No. 1 Billboard debut for Burning Lights, which was the biggest first-week sales numbers of his career and only the fourth time in history that a Christian music album has accomplished this feat. Burning Lights is also the Best Selling Christian Album of 2013 so far (based on first six month sales). His “Burning Lights Tour” was the most successful tour of his 13 year career, showing a 53% increase in average show attendance and selling out 25 shows in major U.S. markets including New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago. Additionally, Houston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Seattle each saw ticket sales in excess of 10,000.
The final night of the spring run, also a sell-out show at Denver’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre, was filmed before an enthusiastic crowd for what will be Tomlin’s first Live DVD project. The two-disc Burning Lights Deluxe Tour Edition, due out Oct. 29, will include the live DVD along with the Burning Lights CD. The packed-full project will feature a glimpse into Tomlin’s full live tour experience and will feature the powerful moments of “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies),” “Revelation Song” performed with Kari Jobe and Louie Giglio’s full 45-minute talk.
Tomlin has also recently announced dates for the continuation of “The Burning Lights Tour” this fall, which will hit 22 cities across the country beginning Oct. 3, and once again feature friend and pastor of Passion City Church/Communicator/Passion founder, Louie Giglio.
Visit www.ChrisTomlin.com/tour for the “Burning Lights Tour” Fall 2013 dates.