The highly anticipated and first new studio album from Chris Tomlin
in two years, See The Morning
, debuts at No. 1 this week on the SoundScan compiled Current Contemporary Christian, Christian Retail and Billboard Christian Album sales charts with 47,420 units sold. The recording also lands at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200, marking his highest debut on the chart and a 113 percent sales increase over first week numbers for Tomlin's previous and RIAA Certified Gold-selling recording, Arriving
The sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records lead-worshiper and GMA Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year released his fourth studio album, See The Morning, Sept. 26 amidst wide critical acclaim and radio support. In addition to rave reviews from Billboard, CCM, All Music Guide, Relevant Leader, ChristianMusicToday.com and many others, the album's first radio single, "Made To Worship," became Tomlin's fourth No. 1 hit and continues to hold strong the top position for the third consecutive week.
"The launch of See The Morning continues to affirm Chris' place as one of the leading songwriters for today's generation," says Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords founder and popular speaker/author. "While initial sales are certainly gratifying, and reflective of a great project from Chris and a concerted effort from our entire sixsteps/EMI CMG team, the bigger prize today is being a part of something that so powerfully celebrates the hope of the risen Christ and the life and light He brings."
"We could not be more proud of the record that Chris Tomlin made, or more thankful for the hard work and prayerful attention that went into its production," says Peter York, EMI CMG Label Group president. "We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with sixstepsrecords and Chris, who continues to have such an incredible impact around the globe with the songs that he writes. It is an honor to be associated with an artist who carries the responsibility of the gift he is given so well."
Leading up to the release of the record, Tomlin made a stop sponsored by K-LOVE Radio Network and The River 102.3 at The Gibson Showroom in Austin, TX, as well as played at a Salem Radio Network sponsored Hard Rock Café appearance in Atlanta. In New York City, Tomlin met with several major media associates and played a concert for 100 contestant winners sponsored by WAWZ "Star 99.1" FM (Zarephath, NJ). Upcoming tour dates and more can be found at www.ChrisTomlin.com.
As millions of people around the world are singing the songs of Chris Tomlin every week at collegiate gatherings, worship services and concert settings, Tomlin's See The Morning offers easily embraced anthems awakened by the musical genius of producer Ed Cash. Cash also partnered with Tomlin on Arriving
, which continues to find a massive audience long after its debut in 2004. The inspiration for See The Morning is found in the truth that God's faithfulness is as certain as the dawn, birthing 11 tracks sure to give voice to a worshiping church and anyone seeking hope for every stage of life's journey.
"There is something about the morning that awakens the God who never sleeps nor slumbers; something about the dawn that causes our God to ‘arise' all through our history," says Tomlin. "In the scriptures, we find that God loves the morning. He loves meeting His people and displaying His glory and greatness in the morning. No matter how dark it gets, the morning will come. And the morning often brings freshness, hope and clarity."
For See the Morning, Tomlin road-tested many of the songs before thousands at concerts and collegiate gatherings like Passion 06. In addition to "Made To Worship," the album includes "Glorious," a studio version of the live song heard on Passion: Everything Glorious, a collaboration with Matt Redman and rendition of the 1860 song by Robert Lowry entitled "How Can I Keep From Singing," and the Isaiah 40 inspired, Brenton Brown song, "Everlasting God," which is already a staple chorus at Austin Stone Community Church (co-founded by Tomlin). The aggressive side of See the Morning comes through on "Let God Arise," which is based on Psalm 68 and inspired by a message Tomlin heard from Pastor Jim Cymbala (Brooklyn Tabernacle) at a conference. Closing the album is "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)," a new rendition of the classic hymn.
Tomlin was named Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the 37th Annual GMA Music (Dove) Awards this year, and received five Dove trophies in all. Tomlin received his first Dove Award in 2005 for Worship Album of the Year for Arriving
. Tomlin has written 17 Top CCLI songs sung by millions around the world every week as people gather to worship, including "How Great Is Our God," "Forever," "Holy Is The Lord" and "We Fall Down."