NASHVILLE (BP) – It’s easy to make judgments about public figures, according to Chris Tomlin, the award-winning Christian artist.
Tomlin said this proved to be true in the process of writing and recording his latest album, “Chris Tomlin and Friends,” a collaboration with multiple country music artists. He said he enjoyed partnering with Thomas Rhett, as well as members of the groups Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum, in part because he was able to hear their individual faith stories and to experience what God was doing in their lives.
“Especially when they’re in the public eye and in country music, sometimes [the view] is just partying and alcohol and whatever comes with it all,” Tomlin said – who said he found something very different.
“Getting to know everybody on this record, from top to bottom, just where they come from, the influence that the church has been on their life, and faith, and God, and [how] so many of them grew up in the church leading worship or have parents and family members in ministry and just have a real heart for the Lord has been beautiful to see,” Tomlin said.
Tomlin noted that Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard leads a Bible study for musicians in Nashville, while Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins are engaged in adoption advocacy.
“[These are] things that you would never know that these guys are doing and their heart and their faith, and it’s been amazing and something that’s been really beautiful to me,” Tomlin said. “It just shows me that you can never judge a book by its cover. You may think or see one thing but when you get beyond it, you see, ‘Wow, these guys have a really beautiful, genuine heart for the Lord.’”
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Source: Baptist Press