Chris Tompkins signed his first publishing deal at the age of 22 when he moved from Muscle Shoals, Alabama to Nashville, Tennessee. He co-wrote his first top 20 single, “Me and Emily” performed by Rachel Proctor as well as the smash hit, “Before He Cheats” performed by Carrie Underwood. Shortly after Chris started working with Big Loud Shirt Industries during the summer of 2006, “Before He Cheats” achieved the #1 spot on every Country chart as well as #5 on the Adult Top 40 charts. After 5 consecutive weeks at #1, it won Best Country Song at the 2007 People’s Choice Awards, won ASCAP’s Song of the Year in 2007 and was honored as Country Song Of The year at the 2008 Grammy ceremony. It also has the distinction of being the first Country song to have over 2 million digital download sales.
While Chris was at the 2008 Grammy Awards, he met and befriended Tom Higgenson, from Plain White T’s who were also nominated alongside “Before He Cheats” for Grammy Song of the Year. Through that meeting, they began to co-write and since then, Chris has co-written songs on every Plain White T’s album including the song, “Welcome To Mystery” which was featured on the “Almost Alice” album, songs inspired by the Johnny Depp movie “Alice In Wonderland.”
In the summer of 2010, the song “Ain’t Back Yet” by Kenny Chesney rose to #2 on the Country charts and was featured in the closing credits of Chesney’s movie, “Summertime in 3-D.” Later in 2010, Country crooner, Gary Allan released “Kiss Me When I’m Down” which became a top 40 song. In early 2011 Tompkins was back at the #1 spot on the Country charts with Chris Young’s single, “Voices.”
In 2012, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw released their groundbreaking duet, “Feel Like A Rockstar” that Chris co-wrote. At the Country Music Awards later that year, it won Vocal Event of the Year. Also in 2012, Chris saw the success of two of his songs hitting #1 on the Country music charts with Luke Bryan’s “Drunk On You” and Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away.” Tompkins also co-wrote “Sure Be Cool If You Did” by Blake Shelton, “Get Your Shine On” and “Round Here” by Florida Georgia Line, which each landed at the #1 position in 2013.
At the 2013 Grammy Awards, Chris Tompkins took home another Grammy for Country Song of the Year with Underwood’s “Blown Away.” “One Of Those Nights” by Tim McGraw hit the #1 spot on Billboard in early 2013, making the song McGraw’s first #1 song on his new label, Big Machine Records. He currently has other singles with The Band Perry’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.”
Chris has had his songs cut by Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton, Nickelback, Martina McBride, Jimmy Buffett, and Hank Williams Jr. He has also co-written songs with Daughtry, Three Days Grace, Uncle Kracker, Boys Like Girls, Chuck Wicks, Jack Ingram, Kellie Pickler, Katherine McPhee and Hinder. To date, Chris has had nine songs top the charts at the #1 position.