Sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records’ Chris Tomlin will release his first live recording Dec. 26, Live From Austin Music Hall. Tomlin recorded the new album Sept. 18 in his hometown of Austin, TX along with thousands who came for an evening of worship at the famed Austin Music Hall. The album consists of such CCLI chart favorites as “Forever,” “Famous One,” and “Kindness,” as well as a brand new live version of “Indescribable” with Tomlin playing piano. “Indescribable” is the first No. 1 hit off the 400,000-plus selling, award winning 2004 release, Arriving.
Joining Tomlin on stage for the Live From Austin Music Hall recording were special guests and fellow Texans: collegiate favorite and label mate David Crowder, singer/songwriter Cary Pierce, formerly of Jackopierce (co-wrote “Unfailing Love” with Tomlin), and Austin-based blues singer Seth Walker. Also joining Tomlin on stage was Arriving producer, Ed Cash.
People gather at Austin Music Hall for the Chris Tomlin Live From Austin Music Hall taping.
Recording the album before a packed Austin Music Hall, over 5,800 people came to worship with Tomlin while 2,000 had to be turned away after the hall filled to capacity and beyond. “Even if it was just one, I would have felt bad, but the venue said they turned away at least 2,000. 2,000! I could not believe it,” reflects Tomlin. "Needless to say, the crowd of worshipers was everything I could have hoped for. I am now just hoping that we captured on tape what was going on in the Hall. I was so encouraged to see how God is at work in my hometown, Austin.”
The full track listing for Live From Austin Music Hall follows:
Indescribable (#1 song that stayed Top 10 on the R&R/CRW AC charts for over seven months)
Forever (#7 on CCLI Chart)
Kindness (#196 on CCLI Chart)
Unchanging (#187 on CCLI Chart)
On our Side (featuring Seth Walker)
This Is Our God (featuring David Crowder)
How Great Is Our God (#50 on CCLI Chart)
Famous One (#41 on CCLI Chart)
Known for writing anthems sung by millions of people each week in churches around the world, Chris Tomlin has 15 Top 500 CCLI charting songs. His current album, Arriving, debuted at No. 39 on the Billboard Top 200, received a mention in USA Today for its sales success, was given a four-out-of-four star review by Knight Ridder News Service and was a top pick for favorite worship album of the year by ChristianityToday.com. The album also garnered Tomlin his first GMA Music Award for Praise & Worship Album of the Year in April and was voted best album in the 2005 Christian Retailing Retailers Choice Awards’ Music category in July.
Rooted in Passion’s collegiate movement that the New York Times calls “Christian Music’s New Wave,” more information on Tomlin can be found at www.ChrisTomlin.com
Source: EMI Christian Music Group