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Chris Tomlin’s ‘Burning Lights’ gives you the latest from one of the church’s favourite writers and performer, and, further establishes him and his music as among the most consistent influences on the sound of worship expressed in churches worldwide.
‘Burning Lights’ will be released in the UK on 8th January 2013. The album feature 12 new worship songs, featuring guest appearances from:
• Kari Jobe (‘Where I Find You’) – Contemporary Christian Songwriter, who is touring America with Chris Tomlin on his ‘Burning Lights Tour’.
• Christy Nockels (‘Into the Glorious’) – former member of popular American worship duo ‘Watermark’.
• Phil Wickham (‘Heaven & Earth’, ‘Songs for Christmas’ & ‘Response’) – Songwriter, vocalist and guitarist, co-wrote ‘At Your Name (Yahweh Yahweh)’ with Tim Hughes.
• Lecrae (‘Gravity’, ‘Rehab’ & ‘After the Music Stops’) – Talented, passionate rapper yet to make his mark in the UK
The album’s title comes from the lyrics of his new song of the same name: "I'm no hero of the faith/ Not as strong as I once thought I was/ I'm just a shepherd boy/ Singing to a choir of burning lights." The album follows up his previous studio recording; 'And If Our God Is for Us...' which won him his first ever Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
From ‘Burning Lights’ comes the radio single: “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)”, likely to have a huge presence on the play-lists of Christian radio stations. The songwriter behind worship favourites, “How Great Is Our God,” “Jesus Messiah,” “Holy Is The Lord,” and “Forever,” Chris’ songs connect worshippers to the heart of God and point them toward relationship with Him.
With 10 No. 1 Christian radio singles, three GRAMMY® nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, 16 Dove Awards, one platinum and two gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the best known influences on contemporary Christian music. Said by Time Magazine to be the “most often sung artist anywhere,” Tomlin’s award-winning song “How Great Is Our God” moved to No. 1 on the CCLI Top 25 as one of the fasting rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history.
Tomlin continues to tour live and plays regularly at Passion Conferences in the United States and worldwide. Along with Pastor and Communicator Louie Giglio, Tomlin serves at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, and leads worship at the annual Passion Conference, which drew 42,000+ university aged students in 2012.
Burning Lights CD by Chris Tomlin was published by EMI in January 2013 and is our 13529th best seller. The ISBN for Burning Lights CD is 5099960707727.
“You know it’s amazing sitting here thinking that this many years past - that this many years on, that we’re still making records -still making records that mean something, hopefully, to people - not just to do it. But this is our 10th record - I believe - and the record’s called ‘Burning Lights’. And I just love the title. There’s an opening of the music section called ‘Burning Lights’ and towards the very end of the record they’ll hear the lyric ‘Burning Lights’. It comes through in one of the songs- it’s kind of hidden in there.”
“This records has definitely taken me more work that any album I’ve ever done. I’ve been about a year on this album where it usually takes about 2 months. I think it took longer because, one - we had a luxury of time. Where we just sat down –Jason and I, we just sat down from the start and said, however long it takes, and whatever has to get done, we’re going to do it. Little did we know that we’d really have to mean those words. Ok, at the end of the day we just said this still not exactly right, and we kept on going and then a song like ‘Whom Shall I Fear’ comes along and we have to do everything over again – we just got get this on.”
“It’s like taking a moment and saying: let’s make the best record we can make at this moment. Let’s not just come in because it’s the year to make a record. I never want to do that, I feel it’s a very important responsibility that God has given me to write songs for his church, to write songs that people a voice to worship God. I take that very seriously. So I’m not just throwing a bunch of songs together to make a new record. And hopefully just ride on the wind of what I’ve done in the past. I want it to be the very best thing that I’ve ever done – every time.”
“I think this time I just put everything, all my guts into it. So the songs that are on there are definitely for the Church. Some of them might find their way into the more aggressive churches, some of them might find their way into any church that’s needing... I’m always trying to write songs that cross any kind of culture and cross any kind of age group. It’s been a prayer of mine, “God would you use these songs in a way that could find its way to someone who is sixty or sixteen – I don’t know how that happens but somehow every once in a while there’s a song that just does finds its way across generations and across the cultures.”
“There’s a few songs from Passion that people will recognise if they have ‘White flag’ [the album from the 2012 Passion Conference] – ‘White Flag’, ‘Jesus Son of God’, ‘Lay Me Down’. And then there about 9 other new songs after that. We just really, really excited for people to hear this record and everything that its about. So the record ‘Burning Lights’ is coming out January 8th – after the Passion Conference this year in Atlanta… hopefully January 8th it was November and we blew that. Then we’re going to be doing a tour called Burning Lights, starting February towards spring and the rest of 2013 probably.”
“We’ve been eagerly awaiting Chris Tomlin’s next studio release after the Grammy award-winning album, ‘And If Our God Is For Us...’. He’s made us wait 2 years, but finally Burning Lights has arrived, featuring some interesting surprises and his signature, strong worshipful sound.”
“The radio single, ‘Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies]’ is everything we’ve come to expect from Chris –easy to sing, easy to play and soaked with meaning, passion and faith. It’s a song that will undoubtedly be sung across church culture around the world. In fact it reminds us here at Eden.co.uk of his incredible worship song – ‘How Great is Our God’.”
“It’s obvious Chris has put his heart and soul into this album, desiring these songs to be used in all sorts of churches. Plus he’s invited some of his friends from the Passion conferences to sing on the album, including Kari Jobe, Phil Whickham & Lecrae, an talented rapper who adds a unique, hip-hop flavour to the album. Thanks for listening.”
“This album sets a new milestone on the worship song highway … It's the ultimate modern worship album that will set the standard for what others will produce going forward” – Dave Wood, LouderThanTheMusic.com review.
“Chris Tomlin is probably the most prolific songwriters of our time ... God has anointed Chris and those around him because of their Faith and Love in and for God. Chris's concerts are all and nothing but God. I thank God for the gift of Chris and the Passion Band.” -Timothy Brant, iTunes custommer review.
1. BURNING LIGHTS (by Chris Tomlin)
With an excited grin, Chris calls the opening track – “a musical section”. Don’t think violins to soothe, think a pounding bass drum, ascending melodies and a blend of sounds criss-crossing through the sound waves. It gets your blood pumping ready for worship.
It’s startlingly obvious he’s incredible proud of what he and Jason Ingram (the producer) have created, having spent almost 12 months perfecting this worship album. He goes on to say he’s hidden the ‘burning lights’ lyric later in the album, praying it will speak powerfully into the hearts and minds of listeners.
2. AWAKE MY SOUL (by Chris Tomlin, featuring Lecrae)
The unconventional start continues with ‘Awake My Soul’. With the vocal talents of rapper Lecrae adding his hard-hitting gospel rap, he creates a mid-section lovers of hip-hop will appreciate. The song is much like a resounding message to anyone listening – a wakeup call to our souls.
3. WHOM SHALL I FEAR [GOD OF ANGEL ARMIES] (by Chris Tomlin & Ed Cash)
If you’re looking for the next worship song to dominate church worship in 2013 – ‘Whom Shall I Fear’ is the heavy-weight contender:
"I know who goes before me / I know who stands behind / The God of angel armies is always by my sideThe one who reigns forever / He is a friend of mine / The God of angel armies is always by my side."
Reminiscent of ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’, the beautifully crafted Irish poem, this song is quick to pick up for worship leaders and congregations with simple chords and a strong chorus. We love it!
4. LAY ME DOWN (by Chris Tomlin & Matt Redman)
A fusion of contemporary worship and folk music, ‘Lay Me Down’ is fast, catchy and very singable. With quick, rhythmic acoustic strumming the steady beat of the drum – two strong features in folk music – this worship song is both cheery and challenging.
5. GOD’S GREAT DANCE FLOOR (by Chris Tomlin & Martin Smith)
Co-written with ex-Delirious singer Martin Smith, this song has the dance floor sound (like an Owl City track). Electro effects, club style drums and a fun-loving, jumpy chorus – this song is a wonderful surprise.
Definitely stretching the tent pegs of worship, ‘God’s Great Dance Floor’ is nothing like your run-of-the-mill worship sound we’re all growing bored of.
6. WHITE FLAG (by Chris Tomlin)
Sung at the 2012 Passion Conferences, Chris has recorded his own version. The title track of the Passion album, ‘White Flag’ is one of those songs that captures your feelings when you experience God and puts it into words:
“We raise our white flag, we surrender / All to you, all for you
We raise our white flag, the war is over / Love has come, your Love has won.”
With this powerful imagery, it sends your head into the battle imagery within our Bible’s and inspires abandoned worship with the feeling of standing in God’s all-consuming victory of love.
7. CROWN HIM [MAJESTY] (classic hymn – ‘Crown Him With Many Crown’ with additional chorus and verse, featuring Kari Jobe)
I’m not sure if Chris realised when he decided to record ‘Crown Him’, that he choice a song many British churches still sing and still love. This well-used classic hymn (‘Crown Him With Many Crowns’) is given new life with vocals from Kari Jobe.
Just like ‘Amazing Grace’ on See the Morning, Chris reinvigorates a beloved hymn with thriving chorus and an additional verse – bringing the wisdom of the old song back into the 21st Century.
8. JESUS, SON OF GOD (by Chris Tomlin & Christy Nockels, featuring Christy Nockels)
Another track from ‘White Flag’, this song speaks of our worship as an alter, where we place Jesus. In the second verse, Christy Nockels sings with incredible power and passion.
9. SOVEREIGN (by Chris Tomlin)
This is a worshipful power ballad. The word ‘Sovereign’ is repeated throughout the verse, building towards some powerful chorus lyrics:
“In your everlasting arms, all the pieces of my life / From begging to the end I can trust you.
In your never failing love, you work everything for good / God whatever comes my way, I will trust you.”
I can see this song being used as a prayerful worship song, ideal for background worship among praying Christians.
10. COUNTLESS WONDERS (by Chris Tomlin)
With some great drumming, staccato strings and wonderful subtle guitar riffs, ‘Countless Wonders’ is the song on the album you’ll instantly fall in love with. Although it fades into the background of the album, it sounds gorgeous and invites you to sing a very catchy chorus.
11. THANK YOU GOD FOR SAVING ME (by Chris Tomlin, featuring Phil Wickham)
The two contrasting voices of Chris and Phil make for an interesting sound. The song slowly builds from a soft, prayerful sound to a thankful, passionate ending – where both sing as one “thank you God for saving me.”
12. SHEPHERD BOY (by Christ Tomlin & Martin Smith)
Another Martin Smith collaboration, ‘Shepherd Boy’ closes the album with the traditional piano, violins, soft guitar and vocal blend many albums use to finish. Then an impressive array of sound hits mid-way through the song, with the sound of choirs belting out:
“We’re just singing, singing out to you / Our hearts are yours forever, your Love is breaking through.
Love is a fire/ Love is a fire / Love is a fire.”
One of the leading artists and activists within contemporary Christian music, Chris Tomlin is a successful singer and songwriter whose 2005 album Arriving has sold over 500,000 copies, and whose compositions "Holy Is the Lord" and "How Great Is Our God" are among the most popular contemporary songs in the world's churches, being sung by millions of Christians at worship services every week. Born in Grand Saline, Texas in 1972, Tomlin grew up listening to country music and learned to play guitar from his father (Tomlin has cited Willie Nelson's Stardust as a key influence). At the age of nine, Tomlin accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, and at 14 wrote his first song of praise.
Tomlin enrolled at Texas A&M in the early '90s to study medicine, but he became active in a campus worship and Bible study group called Breakaway, led by an ambitious young pastor named Louie Giglio. As Breakaway grew, Tomlin became increasingly active with the group, and he eventually became a worship leader as well as performing his own songs at meetings. As Giglio's Breakaway group evolved into Passion, a nationwide organization for young Christians on college campuses, Giglio started a record company, Six Steps Records, to record youth-oriented Christian artists.
Tomlin, whose songs had become mainstays at Breakaway and Passion services, became one of Six Steps' first signings, and The Noise We Make, released in 2001, was Tomlin's first album. The band Tomlin assembled while serving as a pastor at Woodland, Texas's Harvest Ministry — Daniel Carson on guitar, Jesse Reeves on bass, and Ryan Sandlin on drums — began touring, often appearing at Passion events around the country as well as headlining its own concerts. (In 2004, Ryan Sandlin left the group, and Travis Nunn took over behind the drums.)
In 2002, Tomlin moved to Austin, Texas, and became a pastor at Austin's Stone Community Church, where he helped guide a congregation of 1,500. As Tomlin's songs and recordings found a wider audience, he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2006 album See the Morning (which rose to number one on Billboard's Christian albums chart and number 15 on the overall Top 200), but the songwriter continued to emphasize that his mission was more important than his own music. Tomlin's fifth studio album, 2008’s Hello Love, was certified gold. It was followed in 2009 by the holiday offering Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship, and in 2010 by And If Our God Is for Us...
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|Author / Artist||Chris Tomlin|
|Publisher||EMI (January 2013)|
|Page last updated||16th February 2019|