Nashville, TN – (February 18, 2021) – GRAMMY ® winner Chris Tomlin and multi-platinum recording artist Russell Dickerson took part in today’s CRS Believers Breakfast to discuss how to stay Faith-centered in the music industry, living in the spotlight with humility, leading spiritually-fulfilling lives and fatherhood, each with new babies born in 2020. The Believers Breakfast is one of four mentoring breakfasts taking place this week as part of CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience and was organized by Gator Harrison and Lou Ramirez. The Believers Breakfast will be available to registered CRS 2021 attendees, via the On Demand page of crsvirtual2021.com for 60 days, following the conclusion of CRS 2021 on Friday, February 19.
Chris and Russell’s friendship began when Russell was a guitar tech on tour for Chris several years ago. Over the years, the pair remained friends and recently teamed up to write and record two songs for Chris’ latest album, Chris Tomlin & Friends, which features some of country music’s biggest artists. Last fall, Chris and Russell performed together on the Grand Ole Opry.
Chris’ new single from Chris Tomlin & Friends is “God Who Listens” featuring Thomas Rhett. The song was written by Chris, Thomas, Ashley Gorley and David Garcia and is the follow up to Chris’ 17th #1 single “Who You Are To Me” featuring Lady A. Watch Chris share the heart behind “God Who Listens” HERE.
Yesterday, Russell’s fourth consecutive no. 1 single, “Love You Like I Used To” off his sophomore album, Southern Symphony, celebrated its RIAA platinum certification. In its 21st consecutive week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, the runaway hit achieved a tie for the record for longest run of a single inside the Top 10 (Lonestar previously solely held the record at 21 weeks with “Amazed”). Russell’s current single, Home Sweet, was released earlier this month on the eight-year anniversary of his marriage proposal to his now wife.
About Chris Tomlin
It is estimated that 20-30 million people across the world sing one of Chris’ songs every week in church services in nearly every language. Time magazine heralded him as the “most often sung artist in the world” as his music has inspired and uplifted an entire generation of believers. Along the way, Chris has scored 17 #1 one singles at radio, placed 29 top ten hits (more than any other Christian artist), sold more than nine million albums, earned a Grammy, three Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, became a two-time BMI Songwriter of the Year honoree and received his first-ever Country Music Association Awards nomination last year for “Be A Light” with Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott and Keith Urban. In 2016, he was named one of only four artists ever to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 Billion digital radio streams, alongside Justin Timberlake, Pitbull and Garth Brooks. Chris is also the first Christian artist to reach the Billion streams threshold on Pandora and was presented with their BILLIONAIRE award. His tours have sold-out venues everywhere, including New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Red Rocks.
About Russell Dickerson
Multi-platinum Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Russell Dickerson has established himself a prolific songwriter and powerhouse showman through good old-fashioned performances and eloquent songcraft spiked with spirit. In 2017, his gold-certified full-length debut, Yours, bowed at #5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and #1 on the Emerging Artists Chart. Additionally, it yielded four consecutive #1 smashes, including the double-platinum “Yours” (christened “one of the hottest wedding songs of the year” by The Knot), platinum “Blue Tacoma,” platinum “Every Little Thing,” and platinum “Love You Like I Used To.” Nominations followed at the Academy of Country Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, and iHeartRadio Music Awards. Among many highlights in 2020, he received a nod in the category of “Best New Male Artist of the Year” by ACM. he has electrified audiences on tour with the likes of Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Lady A, and Kane Brown in addition to bringing the “RD Party” to sold out venues everywhere as a headliner. Attracting a fervent following on social media (fondly referred to as “RD Fam”), he launched his YouTube show, “This Is Russ,” taking viewers deeper into his world. In 2020, he transposed the little pleasures into hummable and heartfelt country anthems uplifted by pop energy on his second full-length album, Southern Symphony [Triple Tigers Records], led by the platinum-certified single “Love You Like I Used To.” The runaway hit also holds the record aside Lonestar’s “Amazed,” for longest run of a single inside the Top 10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart. Telling his story like never before, the record’s eloquent songcraft and airtight playing showcases all sides of his beloved personality— doting husband, self-proclaimed “regular dude,” stage star, and now, loving dad.