Tomlin has amassed more than one billion performances on the more than 2,800 digital radio services from which SoundExchange collects digital performance royalties. SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe presented Tomlin with the award on October 11 during the 47th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, which honor performers in Christian and gospel music.
“Chris is a fantastic artist with a massive following, and we couldn’t be more proud to honor him with our SoundExchange Digital Radio Award,” Huppe said. “We were also honored to bestow this award upon Chris during the GMA’s Dove Awards, which are so important to the Christian and gospel artists and fans globally.”
“I’m incredibly grateful and humbled to receive SoundExchange’s Digital Radio Award,” Tomlin said. “I’m blown away by how many people are listening to Christian music, and this award is an affirmation of the power and impact of the genre.”
Only recording artists who are registered members of SoundExchange and have at least one billion streams are eligible to receive the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award. Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks and Pitbull are the only others to have received the award.
The Dove Awards took place on Tuesday, October 11 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. (CST). Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively broadcast the awards show on Sunday, October 16, at 7 p.m. (PST).
Tomlin recently released his debut children’s book Good Good Father, which hit top 16 overall books on Amazon and top 20 of all books at Barnes & Noble. His 11th studio album Never Lose Sight features the popular single “Jesus” and No. 1 hit “Good Good Father” and will be available October 21. Shortly after on October 25, Tomlin’s one night only unity event Worship Night In America: An Evening Of Unity & Prayer For Our Country will hit theaters and churches across the US. Visit www.christomlin.com for additional information.
With ten albums, 15 No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award and eight additional nominations, three Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, two platinum and five gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. Referred to by TIME Magazine as likely the most often sung artist anywhere, Tomlin consistently has several songs in the top 20 of the Top 100 CCLI songs. BMI and GMA Dove Awards’ 2014 Songwriter of the Year, Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God” was his first No. 1 on the CCLI Top 25, becoming one of the fastest rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. In addition to having sold more than 7 million albums and over 8.9 million digital tracks, Tomlin made history as his No. 1 single “Jesus Messiah” (Hello Love) garnered 97 adds at radio, making it the biggest ever add date in Christian radio history. Tomlin recently broke the record for most top tens in the history of Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart. In the midst of his record-breaking success, Tomlin continues touring and leading at Passion Conference gatherings across the US and worldwide, including Worship Night in America events. Burning Lights debuted at No. 1 atop the Billboard 200 in January 2013, making history as only the fourth Christian music album to do so. Tomlin’s 11th studio album, Never Lose Sight, is set to release October 21.
SoundExchange is the nonprofit organization at the center of digital music, developing solutions to benefit the entire music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 130,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts. To date, SoundExchange has paid out more than $4 billion in royalties. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.