Tell me about Lauren. How did you meet
I met Lauren when I moved here to Atlanta, a
friend of mine set me up with her. It's been two years now since I met
her and we dated for about nine or ten months. I was like some guys
where I was draggin' my feet and she was like,
Peace out. That
wakes you up. It took me a while, though, to figure that out. We got
back together earlier this year. She has a real heart, an amazing heart for people. She'll be the
best thing I ever did. I know that.
So how did you officially pop the
Oh, yeah. You'll love this. I took her
to Guatemala; it's an easy flight from Atlanta, just three hours. I made
up this huge story. I said the President of Guatemala had contacted our
management. They're doing this week of celebration and they want me to
God of the
City. And I want you to go with me. And she says,
Ah, that sounds
great. And so we went.
Of course all
that was made up. I don't know any of those people. We went down there
and had this nice little set up in Antigua, which is right outside of
Guatemala City. It's this beautiful town with old world ruins
everywhere. I set up at this restaurant where she thought we were going
to meet the President. We walked in the back room—which was all set for
her — and she is in shock. She was panicking because she couldn't
remember his name (laughs) and how to say his name in
Yeah, it's great.
Sounds like complex planning.
gosh, there were at least three different groups on the plane going on
missions to Guatemala. They were one by one coming up and saying,
Hey, aren't you Chris
Tomlin? Hey, can I take a picture of you?' What are you doing
in Guatemala? Everybody on the plane knew
(laughs) This is the worst flight I could have
chosen because I'm trying to keep this a secret. But it all worked out.
start the little lie it just keeps multiplying, doesn't it?
Oh, yeah, I had to keep adding all kinds of
details. For example, because the date didn't work out at
first, I said,
Well, it turns out the
celebration is week-long. And so I'm making stuff up left
and right. It was pretty fun.
me about the new album.
The record's called
And If Our God is For
Us. I'm so excited about what that means for people and
what that statement has meant for us over this last year. The new song,
Of Course I Will
Follow is coming off the heels of
Our God which has
been an absolute juggernaut of a song, not only with radio, but with the
church. That song has been powerful. And I can't wait for people to
hear all these new songs coming as well.
So what's different about this CD?
Well, you'll definitely hear a good taste
of where we're going musically. It's very different. People have
commented a lot about that. The best comment so far has been, the music
Chris Tomlin, but
it's cool. (laughs) The music is beat driven, not so organic. And it's
fun. I'm really excited for this new season of music.