Upcoming Tomlin Album to Feature Critically Acclaimed 'Jesus Messiah'

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By Jonathan Park, Christian Post Correspondent
July 9, 2008|6:35 pm

Chris Tomlin, one of the most well-known worship leaders of our time, will be releasing his fifth studio album, Hello Love, this fall with recently released solo “Jesus Messiah” on the track.

In his album, scheduled to be released on Sept. 2, Tomlin focuses on the core of Christian worship – love.

“With each new record, I continue to strive to create songs that will help people voice their worship to God,” said Tomlin. “Worship is a massive word with a very broad scope, but in the end, it is very simple. It is love!”

Hello Love contains 12 tracks, some of which are already being used in worship context across the nation. Perhaps the most noticeable track on this album is “Jesus Messiah.”

“Jesus Messiah” was released on June 13 and is currently ranked No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Top Chart. It is already receiving enthusiastic responses from Christian worshippers and radio program directors throughout the nation.

“Chris Tomlin strikes gold again in his beautiful ballad ‘Jesus Messiah.’ Chris seems unable to pen a bad or even mediocre song. It is simply always spectacular,” commented Jon Rivers, music director for the KLOVE Radio Network.

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“Chris never disappoints. ‘Jesus Messiah’ is another example of his deep songs that are easy to sing and still keep the focus on the One who deserves the glory,” expressed Jim Beeler, music director at KSBJ-FM.

Scott Valentine, program director for KCMS-FM, said he had “run out of superlatives,” when commenting on Tomlin’s new song.

“It surpassed all our expectations; wow!” he exclaimed.

During its first week out, “Jesus Messiah” was the most added song on Christian Adult Contemporary, Christian Hit Radio, and Christian Inspirational Radio.

“It’s honest. It’s sincere. It connects,” said Chris Lemke, general manager and program director at WCSG-FM.

“It’s worship not just for Sundays, for for life lived every day. It’s here, and will be for years to come!”

In addition to being one of the most influential artists in Contemporary Christian Music, Chris Tomlin is currently the most sung Christian artist in the United States, according to Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI).

On CCLI’s list of the Top 25 songs, which is published for each recording cycle, four of Tomlin’s songs are ranked – “How Great is Our God,” “Holy is the Lord,” “Forever,” and “We Fall Down” (ranked No. 1, 6, 8, and 14, respectively).

Furthermore, Tomlin holds two RIAA Gold-certified records (Arriving and See the Morning),,two Grammy nominations, and numerous other awards and accolades.

“I am not sure how Chris keeps doing it, but once again we have a song that is going to be huge,” exclaimed WPOZ-FM assistant program director Jeff Cruz regarding Tomlin’s latest song.

“This one is easily on the short list for song of the year already,” he said.

 

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