Chris Tomlin: Earth’s Most-Sung Artist

This article is from Issue 64: July/August 2013

It came as a surprise when CNN hailed worship leader Chris Tomlin as the world’s most-sung artist.

It’s a hard claim to quantify, but Christian Copyright Licensing International estimates Tomlin’s songs were played in churches well over 3.1 million times in 2012. CCLI extrapolates that data to figure at least 20 million people are singing Chris Tomlin songs on any given Sunday. For comparison, CNN says Katy Perry’s songs were played on the radio about 1.4 million times in 2012.