Chris Tomlin is scaling Billboard‘s Christian charts with a song that’s becoming a favorite not only among audiences, but multiple artists as well.
On Christian Digital Songs (dated Oct. 24), Tomlin’s “Good Good Father” debuts at No. 1 (8,000 first-week downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music), marking his fourth leader on the list. On Hot Christian Songs, it flies 28-10, becoming his record-breaking 22nd top 10; he passes Casting Crowns and MercyMe, each with 21.
“What an honor to be part of carrying this song,” Tomlin tells Billboard. “God is a good Father and I think people need to hear that. It’s a beautiful thing to lead the song on tour each night, seeing people experience the heart and power of those words.”
Notably, Tomlin’s “Father” is one of three currently charting versions. Housefires‘ take jumps 36-32 in its 14th week on Hot Christian Songs, while Zealand Worship‘s interpretation steps 48-41 on Christian Airplay. Casting Crowns and Big Daddy Weave have also recorded “Father.”
Interest in the song, written by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown, began in churches in Atlanta, where Housefires is based. Tomlin’s wife, Lauren, heard it while attending a conference in the city and, inspired by it, came home and convinced her husband to record it.
‘FIRST’ PLACE: “First” marks a first for Lauren Daigle, as the track becomes her maiden No. 1 on Christian Airplay (2-1), up by 10 percent to 9 million audience impressions. The track, which Daigle co-wrote, is the second single from her debut album How Can It Be, following the No. 6-peaking title track. The set ranks at No. 7 on Top Christian Albums after hitting No. 1 (May 2) and has sold 113,000 to date.
(In a chart quirk, “First” is one of two songs called “First” currently ranking first on a Billboard chart: Cold War Kids lead Alternative Songs with their different composition “First.” Their “First” led first: it hit the top on Sept. 12, marking its, well, first of four weeks at No. 1.)