Christopher Dwayne Thompson was born on May 4, 1972, in Grand Saline, Texas. He started playing the guitar at age eleven and wrote his first worship song at age fourteen. Going into college, Tomlin was going to prepare for a physical therapy career, but he says he was lured to a different calling, music, by the instruction of God. Joining a campus group called Breakaway, Tomlin met pastor Louie Giglio. The budding musician ended up writing and playing music for the group and became a worship leader.
Breakaway evolved into the Christian organization Passion Conferences, which established sixstepsrecords, Tomlin's record label to this day. He released his first two albums, The Noise We Make and Not to Us, in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Tomlin gained a significant amount of notice in 2003 when he released his breakthrough album Arriving, which peaked at number 39 on the Billboard 200 and number six on the Top Christian Albums chart; the album has since been certified platinum. Two years later, Chris Tomlin continued seeing a growing audience with the release of See the Morning, which reached number three on the Christian charts and number fifteen on the Billboard 200. Tomlin's latest album, Hello Love, has given the artist his strongest showing yet - number one on the Top Christian Albums chart and number nine on the Billboard 200.
Chris Tomlin tours feature a backup band, most of whom have been playing alongside Tomlin since his first circuit. The group consists of guitarist Daniel Carson, bass guitarist Jesse Reeves, drummer Travis Nunn, and occasionally keyboardist Matt Gilder. Off the tour circuit, Tomlin songs "Holy Is Our Lord" and "How Great Is Our God" have become well known in many churches across the United States. He has consistently held some of the top positions in the worship music genre, and according to Christian Copyright Licensing International he has written or co-written five of the twenty-five top worship songs in the U.S., in which "How Great Is Our God" holds the top spot.