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Chris Tomlin

One of the church’s most influential modern voices, Chris Tomlin is a singer and songwriter whose compositions "Holy Is the Lord," "How Great Is Our God,” “Good Good Father," and many others are among the most popular contemporary songs in the church today. Recently, “Good Good Father” spent 15 weeks at #1 and has touched people around the world. Tomlin has sold over 7 million albums and 8.9 million digital tracks, has 15 No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY award, three Billboard Music Awards, two platinum and five gold albums. Additionally, he was honored with the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award in 2016, recognizing more than 1 billion digital radio plays.

Born in Grand Saline, Texas in 1972, Tomlin grew up listening to country music and learned to play guitar from his father. At the age of nine, Tomlin accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, and at 14 wrote his first song of praise. He fell in love with the mysterious, yet beautiful, power of song in connecting us to each other - and to God. “I just loved to play music that people could sing with, and I loved it when people would sing to God." -Tomlin


 

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Matthew West

Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient, and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard's Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016). West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for "The Heart of Christmas" from the film of the same name. In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards two times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date (TEA), West's discography includes acclaimed releases: Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY-nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008), History (2005) and Happy (2003). He will release a holiday album this season, titled Unto Us: A Christmas Collection.
 
Well known for communicating stories through song, Matthew West has received thousands of stories from around the world. His latest studio album, Live Forever, continues that storytelling theme and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales Chart. He has obtained numerous No. 1 singles, most recently with "Grace Wins," while achieving a record-setting No. 1 for 17 straight weeks at radio with "Hello, My Name Is" and "The Motions" for 15 weeks.
 
On the road year-round, he has headlined many of his own tours, such as the Live Forever Tour that ran through Fall 2015. He also co-headlined 2016's WinterJam Tour Spectacular, the No. 1 tour in the world, which he first joined in 2013. He joined the tour again this past November headlining WinterJam West Coast.
 
Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written four books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, and Today Is Day One. He will release his next book, Hello My Name Is, on April 18, 2017. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story, so along with his father Pastor Joe West he founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life.
 
 
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Tom Douglas  

After a successful career in commercial real estate, but with a lifelong passion for music, Tom Douglas attended a songwriters' seminar in Austin, Texas in 1993. He played one of his early compositions "Little Rock" for publisher/producer Paul Worley, who took it with him back to Nashville. Sony/ATV Music Publishing signed Douglas as a staff writer and in June 1994, "Little Rock" as sung by Collin Raye, became a number-one hit and a nominee for CMA Song of the Year.
  
He earned his second number-one hit on the pop charts in 1998 with "The Gift" as recorded by and co-written with Jim Brickman. In 2001, Tim McGraw took "Grown Men Don't Cry" to number one, and subsequently collaborated with Tom on the top three-country hit, "My Little Girl," which also became the end title for the Fox film, Flicka, in 2006. "Love's the Only House" recorded by Martina McBride reached the top-five on the Country charts followed by another hit, "God's Will." From the summer of 2009 to the summer of 2010,Tom achieved a rare Triple Play Award in which he had three number one hits in a year: Lady Antebellum's (co-written with the group) "I Run To You" followed by Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice" (with Bob DiPiero) and concluding with Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me" (with Allen Shamblin). In 2010, he also had a single with Lady Antebellum' s "Hello World" (with Tony Lane and David Lee). Tom's song (cowriter with Jaren Johnston/Jeffrey Steele) "Raise 'em Up" was #1 for Keith Urban and Eric Church in the spring of 2015. Tom has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, George Straight, Brooks &   Dunn, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood... and the list goes on. Most recently, Tom' s song "The House That Built Me" was nominated for 2010 Grammy Song of The Year and Country Song of The Year and won CMA Song of the Year as well as ACM's Song of The Year and Single Record of the Year. In that same year,Tom was also nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the song "Coming Home" featured in the film "Country Strong". In 2014, Tom’s song “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” was nominated for the Grammy’s Country Song of the year. In 2014, Tom was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.