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Christian recording artist Chris Tomlin welcomed in 'Grand' style

GRAND SALINE, TX (KLTV) - What better way to spend your birthday than to have a parade marching by, on a street that now bears your name?

Grammy nominee Chris Tomlin watched Wednesday's parade in amazement, especially considering it passed right in front of the church where he got his start. 

"Never thought, from that little church down on Main Street, playing at that little church when I was 13, to traveling around the world," Tomlin said.

Chris told us that, even with all that world traveling, he's proud to be from Grand Saline, because it's his small town roots that keep his feet on the ground. 

"Being from Grand Saline, really gives you a sense of where you come from," Tomlin said. "I think when you come from big cities, sometimes you can get lost. Even coming from this little town, God can do great things in somebody's life."

Great things have come to Chris thanks to his music, which includes some of the most popular worship songs in the country. 

"Nobody really knows as much who I am as they do the songs," Tomlin said. "The songs have been the arrows that kind of shot from the bow."

This week, one of those arrows landed in the Grand Saline High School band hall. The song the band performed in the parade is one of Chris's. The band director, Kyle White, who knew Chris in school, says his students have loved learning to play it, and he got special permission to use it. 

"I called Chris Tomlin's mom, to ask her permission, and she said, 'You just tell 'em his momma said you could do it,'" White said.

For family and community, Chris Tomlin day was a huge success in Grand Saline, and even the little things were pretty cool for the man of honor.

"It's cool to be on KLTV man," Tomlin said. "It is, this was the only channel I watched growing up."

And of course, Wednesday night's concert in Grand Saline was free to the public.

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