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TobyMac and Tomlin will perform at State Fair

Two of America’s top Christian stars will perform at the Washington State Fair on Sept. 20.

Chris Tomlin and TobyMac will take the stage in the co-concert at 7:30 p.m. in Puyallup.

Tickets range from $38 to $63 and include fair gate admission. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Fair website http://www.thefair.com/fun/details/chris-tomlin-toby-mac or by phone 888-559-3247 daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Washington State Fair’s Box Office at 9th Ave SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A $2 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Here are the singer’s bios:

Chris Tomlin

When Chris Tomlin went into the studio to record his tenth studio album, he faced a big challenge. There’s good reason, since his last album, Burning Lights kicked off 2013 as a No. 1 album. It also led to sold-out tour dates, Billboard Music Awards, being named a BMI Songwriter of the Year, and receiving the K-LOVE Fan Award for Male Vocalist of the Year and the Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year.

He shouldn’t have been concerned. Love Ran Red features songs that touch and encourage his listeners “Waterfall” and “Almighty”). “I don’t think I can write a bigger song in my life than ‘Almighty,’” Tomlin says. “When I hear that opening melody, and that opening piano, it’s like a glimpse of heaven to me.”

Tomlin music connects when you look at the success of his songs. He has 12 No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award with eight additional nominations, three Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, five gold and two platinum digital singles, and a platinum and four gold albums to his credit.

With 15 of the Top 100 CCCI songs, four of them being in the top ten, it’s estimated that more than 40 million men, women and children sing his songs each week. This statistic moved TIME magazine to proclaim him “likely the most often sung artist anywhere.”

Tomlin was born in 1972 in Grand Saline, Texas to Connie and Donna Tomlin. He is the oldest of three, with two younger brothers, Ryan and Cory. He first learned how to play the guitar by playing along with Willie Nelson records, writing his first worship song at 14 years. Tomlin planned to study physical therapy in college, but says he felt God's calling to something else. For further information, visit http://www.christomlin.com./worship-night-in-america

TobyMac

TobyMac is no stranger to success in the Christian music world. He first gained fame as one of three founding members of popular group, dcTalk. He has sold 11 million albums, with more than three million as a solo artist, as well as receiving five Grammy® Awards. Since he launched his successful solo career, he has released five studio albums: Momentum (2001), Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight (2010), Eye On It (most recent), as well as two remixed albums of the first two albums titled Re: Mix Momentum and Renovating Diverse City, respectively. He also released a full-length Christmas albumChristmas in Diverse City (2011).

TobyMac has had six No. 1 hit CHR singles, including "Gone," "Made to Love," and "Lose My Soul." His live concert CD+DVD combo album, Alive and Transported was released in 2008 and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. Between dcTalk and his own solo career, he has sold more than 10 million albums.

He has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and received one Grammy. He has also been nominated for 11 Dove Awards, becoming “Artist of the Year” in 2008, and his song, “City On Our Knees” brought him Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year in 2010. Since he started his solo career, he has two gold albums and widespread critical acclaim.

With over eight million career scans, album Portable Sounds was certified gold by the RIAA, and has the distinction of having the highest solo debut ever on the Billboard Top 200 chart, debuting at No. 10. It also hit No. 1 on SoundScan’s “Contemporary Christian Overall” chart in its first week.

Kevin Michael “Toby” McKeehan was born and raised in Virginia. His older brother nicknamed him Toby since he was born in October. While attending Liberty University at Lynchburg, VA in the mid-1980s, he met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith, and the three friends formed the highly influential Christian pop group, dcTalk, which mixed elements of gospel, grunge and hip hop into an immensely successful hybrid. He stayed with the band throughout its run, from 1989 – 2000. For further information, visit http://tobymac.com/

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