Chris Tomlin's 'Good Good Father' Leads Christian Airplay Chart
Tomlin ties Jeremy Camp for the most leaders among soloists.
Tomlin's version rises 3-1 on Christian Airplay (dated March 5), logging 10 million audience impressions in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. It also spends a fifth week atop the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot Christian Songs chart.
The genre vet scores his eighth Christian Airplay No. 1, tying Jeremy Camp for the most toppers by a soloist. In the chart's 12-year history, only MercyMe (13) and Casting Crowns (nine) boast more leaders.
Tomlin is one of a cluster of artists that have recorded "Good Good Father." Penned by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown, the track has been cut by Housefires (originally), Big Daddy Weave, Casting Crowns, Housefires and Zealand Worship, the latter of whose version is currently No. 27 (1.5 million) on Christian Airplay, after reaching No. 26.
When asked what made Tomlin's rendering stand out and break biggest, Capitol Christian Music Group vp/national promotion Grant Hubbard told Billboard, "The original by Housefires is very similar to Tomlin's. [Housefires] were already getting attention from worship leaders and consumers, but one of the writers, Barrett, endorsed Tomlin's version. That helped.
"Also, Barrett debuted the song with Tomlin at the main radio convention for this format, Momentum, in September in front of 600-plus radio stations, which was huge," Hubbard continued.
"Tomlin is considered by many as America's worship leader and is the most sung artist in churches around the world. All of that helped."