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CHRIS TOMLIN TO RELEASE FIRST CHRISTMAS ALBUM “GLORY IN THE HIGHEST” ON OCTOBER 6

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September 1, 2009…Nashville, TN…  GMA Dove award winning, GRAMMY® nominated and platinum selling artist and worship leader Chris Tomlin will release his first Christmas record, Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship with sixstepsrecords on October 6.

Produced by Ed Cash, Glory In The Highest features familiar classics including "Angels We Have Heard On High," "O, Holy Night," "Joy to the World [Unspeakable Joy]," to which Tomlin wrote a new refrain, and four new songs that will be Christmas favorites for years to come.  With special guests Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and singer/songwriter, Audrey Assad, the album succeeds in its purpose of transforming familiar carols into songs of worship.  Recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, TN, Tomlin filled the small room, formerly a church, with some of his closest friends, worship leaders and industry leaders including radio programmers and retailers from across the country.

“Christmas is a time when people who may not have sung a song the whole year, or their entire life, begin to sing,” says Tomlin. “There is something about a Christmas song, whether it’s sung at church or heard by carolers on the street, that gets people to join in song. They sing these timeless songs proclaiming that God has come, has entered this world and made a way for us.”

To kick off the holidays, three songs from the album will be released to radio the day after Thanksgiving: “Emmanuel [Hallowed Manger Ground],” “Joy to the World [Unspeakable Joy]” and Audrey Assad’s “Winter Snow” which features Tomlin.

Taken from the singer/songwriter’s fifth album, See the Morning (2006) the title-track, Glory In The Highest reflects the angels’ proclamation to the shepherds, “Glory to God in the highest,” announcing the birth of Christ. Today, thousands of years later, Tomlin wants to join in the celebration as people around the globe continue to proclaim the good news. 

Tomlin believes it is the power of God that makes Christmas the one holiday that seems to join the whole world together. “It is the greatest story that has ever existed: the grace of God coming. And no matter where people fall on their views, everybody can come around the idea that something special has happened here, and that is worth singing about.”

With six records, seven No. 1 radio singles, three GRAMMY nominations, 16 Dove Awards, one platinum and one gold album to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. Referred to by Time Magazine as “the most often sung artist anywhere,” Tomlin additionally has 10 Top 100 CCLI songs with 6 in the top 25. ASCAP’s 2007 Songwriter of the Year, Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God” was his first No. 1 on the CCLI Top 25. The award-winning song moved to No. 1 after becoming one of the fasting rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. Tomlin continues to tour many dates every year and plays regularly at Passion Conferences in the States and worldwide.

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About sixstepsrecords:
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords (www.sixstepsrecords.com) is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (HELLO LOVE), David Crowder* Band (Remedy), Charlie Hall (The Bright Sadness), Matt Redman (We Shall Not Be Shaken), and Passion (Passion: God of This City). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations.

About EMI CMG Label Group:
Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI CMG Label Group is comprised of Sparrow Records, Forefront Records, and Credential Recordings, in addition to providing A&R and marketing support for sixstepsrecords via a joint venture and licensing partnership. Balancing freedom, discipline, creativity, profitability and ministry, EMI CMG Label Group strives for excellence in artist development.  The Label Group is a division of EMI Christian Music Group.  For further information, please visit www.emicmg.com .

Glory In The Highest Track listing:

O, Come All Ye Faithful
Angels We Have Heard On High
Emmanuel [Hallowed Manger Ground]
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
My Soul Magnifies the Lord
Joy To The World [Unspeakable Joy]
Glory In The Highest
O, Holy Night
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Featuring Christy Nockels)
Light Of The World (Featuring Matt Redman)
Winter Snow (Featuring Audrey Assad)
Born That We May Have Life