Apr 24 2013
Billboard Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

It's been a big year for Air1 artists. The Billboard Music Award Nominations for 2013 were announced this week, leaving many artists with lots to celebrate about.

Chris Tomlin has been honored with three nominations, one of them being the Top Christian Artist, along with fellow musicians Matt Redman, TobyMac, Casting Crowns, and MercyMe. Worship leader Matt Redman was also nominated for three awards, with his song “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” being honored for Top Christian Song.

Besides the Top Christian Artist category, Casting Crowns received an honor for Top Christian Album for their work on, Come To The Well. Also nominated for Top Christian Album is: TobyMac Eye On It, MercyMe The Hurt & The Healer, Lecrae Gravity, and Various Artists for Wow Hits 2013: 30 of Today’s Top Christian Artists & Hits. 

Building 429 also received honors for Top Christian Song for their hit, “Where I Belong.” The boys of Building 429 were thrilled and extremely appreciative upon hearing the news of their nomination. “We are thankful to have been selected to represent the greater Christian music industry at the Billboard Awards this year,” Building 429‘s lead singer Jason Roy explained. “It's an unbelievable honor that we cannot describe and we count it a privilege to be amongst such amazing artists in our category.  We send a special thank you to all the fans who made this possible by taking our song and making it their own!”

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air live on Sunday, May 19, at 8/7c on ABC. 

 

Mar 13 2013
Chris Tomlin Featured On CNN

 

More people have heard singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin's songs than Adele's, Katy Perry's, and Kelly Clarkson's combined. Chris Tomlin is undoubtedly one of the most successful songwriters of our generation, as well as the most humble. In a new interview, Chris talks with CNN's Tom Foreman about his thriving music career. “I strive for trying to write something that people can sing, that people want to sing, and that people need to sing,” Tomlin explained before a live show. The secret to Tomlin's success, is that the songs he writes are not about him. 

“I was just writing songs for the church and from there they just started taking off,” explains Chris, who says his goal is to write songs that communicate what people would like to say to God.“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?”

Despite his success, don't expect a crossover album from Tomlin who assures that money is not what motivates him to write and perform. “I feel like I have a responsibility,  that God has given me a gift to write songs for his church that people listen to and that people are coming to expect now,” he said. “When I make a record I feel that responsibility that worship leaders, churches are going to say, 'Hey, are these some new songs we can sing in our church?' And I don't take that lightly, and I don't go, ‘Oh let's go do something else fun.’”

Tomlin is currently on tour promoting his new album Burning Lights

Dec 07 2012
55th Annual Grammy Nominations Announced

 

Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced this week leaving many artists with lots to celebrate. Casting Crowns earned multiple nominations first for their song “Jesus Friend of Sinners,” which was nominated for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Their album Come To The Well was honored in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category. Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall was also recognized for writing, “Jesus Friend of Sinners,” in the catergory Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.

Rhett Walker earned his first nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, for the Rhett Walker Band’s single, “When Mercy Found Me.” “I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news.  I’m blown away!  I’m here at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for the GRAMMY nomination event with my wife and our six-week-old daughter and I could not be more overwhelmed.  I’m just a kid from the South that writes songs about life.  To be recognized in this way just blows my mind.  It is such an honor,” Walker said. “This is for all the Rhett Necks!” 

Matt Maher, Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin, also received nominations in categories such as Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Gospel artist LeCrae, recieved a nomination for his album Gravity. And Matthew West, Kari Jobe, and TobyMac, also received nominations, earning Mac his 8th honor as a solo artist.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on GRAMMY Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

Jun 25 2011
A Moment of Praise

Chris Tomlin knows how to bring the worship music. Combine him with Passion Band (Passion Conferences) and it's powerful:

 

May 20 2011
NEW Chris Tomlin video

I was just playing "Indescribable" on Air 1 ... but if you're craving something a little newer from Chris Tomlin, he's got a new video for "I Lift My Hands"!