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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

Chris Tomlin w/ Chad James

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage, 7:30 p.m.

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After going home empty-handed at the 2009 and 2011 ceremonies, this year Chris Tomlin finally won his first Grammy, earning the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album honor for his latest release, And If Our God Is For Us… The recognition, it seems, was long overdue: For about a decade, Tomlin has been one of the Christian music scene's most popular and respected voices, and before taking home his Grammy, he'd already won a whopping 20 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. After learning to play guitar from his Willie Nelson-loving father, Tomlin began writing Christian songs as a teenager. It was fitting, then, that later in his career he grew his audience in part by reaching out to teenagers, playing a major role at the youth-oriented Passion Conferences, where he's performed signature songs like “How Great Is Our God,” “Made to Worship” and “Holy Is the Lord.”

Tomlin shares this bill with another award-winning Christian songwriter: Chad James, a Milwaukee-area performer who beat out “American Idol” contestant Danny Gokey for a 2009 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award in the Christian/Gospel artist category.

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