published Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Contemporary Christian artist Chris Tomlin to headline Riverbend

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    Contemporary Christian artist Chris Tomlin will play Riverbend's Faith & Family Night.
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Contemporary Christian artist Chris Tomlin will headline this year's Faith & Family Night at the Riverbend Festival, according to Joe "Dixie" Fuller, talent and production coordinator for Friends of the Festival.

Tomlin will perform Tuesday, June 12, the night the festival scales back the number of stages, books entertainment geared to families and eliminates the sale of alcohol.

Fuller also announced that Rebirth Brass Band would appear on the Unum Stage on Sunday, June 10, bluegrass artists Peter Rowan with the Mosier Brothers will be on the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union Stage on Wednesday, June 13, and that The Features will appear on the same stage Friday, June 15.

Originally from Texas, Tomlin has had his biggest chart success with "How Great Is Our God," "Jesus Messiah," "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" and "Our God." He has earned 10 No. 1 singles, three Grammy Awards and 18 Dove Awards.

Tomlin began writing songs as a young boy, according to his online bio.

"I started to write my own little songs for church, and they were just awful," Tomlin said. "I'd get to play them at my church, and people were so great, so gracious because they let me play all the time in the service for the youth group. I knew I wasn't any good, but people were very patient along the way."

Tomlin has become one of the key leaders in the Passion movement and the flagship artist on sixstepsrecords. He leads worship at Atlanta's Passion City Church and tours and leads worship all over the world.

Riverbend is scheduled June 8-16. Previously announced acts include the Happy Together Tour featuring Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, The Grass Roots, The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, and The Buckinghams, Foreigner, Eric Church, Lauren Alaina, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Foghat, Get the Led Out, Drum Wars featuring Vinny and Carmine Appice, Hands Without Shadows featuring Michael Angelo and The Futurebirds.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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