Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

CHRIS TOMLIN (and Christmas) Are Coming to Town

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

CHRIS TOMLIN (and Christmas) Are Coming to Town

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WANT TO GO?

Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red Tour

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Charleston Civic Center

TICKETS: $25 to $35

INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com

It's a controversy that seems to flare up every year. When is it OK to start celebrating Christmas? There are those who say you shouldn't get your Christmas tree until the day after Thanksgiving and stockings are only to be hung on Christmas Eve. Others move the starting line of the festive season a couple of weeks earlier - a little before the end of November is fine.

A few stores had decorations and gift suggestions laid out before the end of July and there are always a couple of people who never take their Christmas tree down. But arguments invariably erupt about what's proper and what's premature.

Contemporary Christian star Chris Tomlin doesn't have the answer.

Tomlin, who brings his Love Ran Red tour to the Charleston Civic Center Tuesday night, said, "I always make fun of people who get their stuff out before Thanksgiving - but here I have a Christmas album, out before Halloween.

A little sheepishly, he added that he didn't really expect people to go out and buy "Adore right away. They could, if they wanted to, of course, but it's OK if they want to wait until after Thanksgiving.

"At least, I'm putting something in people's minds, he said. "There's a new record.

This is Tomlin's second Christmas record. The first was 2009's "Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship.

"Honestly, my first Christmas record was my favorite record, so far, he said. "There's something so special about it, so pure.

So, to try to capture that feeling a second time, Tomlin tried to recreate part of the experience. He returned to the same church where he recorded "Glory in the Highest, brought in some of the same people he worked with before, including producer and frequent musical collaborator Ed Cash, and they performed the music, live, in front of a couple of hundred people.

To be sure, these are both faith-based Christmas records. …

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