“I'm thinking as that comes out of my heart as a song of response, I'm trying to think, how can I form this so that everybody, people who are tone deaf, who can't clap on two and four, how can I form this song so they can sing it, so that it is singable?” Part of that process comes from his love of country music, the simplicity of that music and the stories those songs tell.
Tomlin is out touring the country with his latest studio album, “Burning Lights.” In January, it topped the Billboard 200 charts.
Billboard magazine noted the conference helped push up pre-sales of Tomlin’s latest CD.
His songs are so sought-after that, even before they're released on CD, they start showing up in CCLI’s online database.
CCLI estimates that every Sunday in the United States, between 60,000 and 120,000 churches are singing Tomlin’s songs.
By extrapolating that data, Rachinski says, “our best guess would be in the United States on any given Sunday, 20 to 30 million people would be singing Chris Tomlin's songs.” In their last two reporting periods, Tomlin had the No. Search You Tube for "How Great is Our God" or "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)." Black, white, Asian, big churches, small ones are all belting out Tomlin songs. For perspective, consider Tomlin’s musical success against one secular counterpart.