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Christian musician Chris Tomlin brings his ‘Love Ran Red’ tour to Save Mart Center April 16.


Tomlin is arguably the biggest name in contemporary Christian music


You may know his song “How Great is Our God,” which is often played at church


The “Love Ran Red” tour features openers Tenth Avenue North and Rend Collective


Chris Tomlin is the kind of musician who can book New York’s Madison Square Garden and almost sell out the place the first day tickets are on sale. His albums sell hundreds of thousands of copies and have debuted in Billboard’s Top 200 chart.

His live shows often stop at the country’s top venues, including Save Mart Center, where Tomlin plays Thursday, April 16.

But the Texas songwriter is no crossover success.

“I call people to worship,” says Tomlin, who is in the midst of his “Love Ran Red” tour with Tenth Avenue North and Rend Collective. “That’s what it is all about.”

Tomlin is arguable the biggest name in contemporary Christian music. Over 20 years, he’s released nine albums, won 21 Dove Awards and a Grammy Award (he’s been nominated eight times).

More than that, his work has become part of the very fabric of churches around the world. Songs like “How Great is Our God” are often sung as part of services each week.

In fact, Time magazine referred to Tomlin as “most likely the most often sung artist anywhere,” for just that reason.

His success is less as a marker of his talent as a performer and more a testament to the power of the church, Tomlin says.

“Those songs have gone so far past me,” he says. “That’s what I write for.”

While the past year has been consumed with promoting and touring in support of “Love Ran Red,” Tomlin is thinking of making another Christmas album.

It would be a follow-up to 2009’s “Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship.” He’s also looking to spend as much time as he can with his wife and two daughters; his second daughter was born in October.

Even when he’s on tour, Tomlin’s schedule allows him to get home two or three days a week. When it doesn’t, he rents a bus and the family travels together.

“We try to find a good balance,” he says.