Tomlin is one of several of artists who have recorded Good, Good Father.
Actually, according to billboard.com, Tomlin is one of several artists that have recorded Good Good Father. The song, written by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown, was originally cut by Housefires, their worship team from Grace Fellowship in Atlanta, GA. The song has also been recorded by Big Daddy Weave, Casting Crowns, and Zealand Worship (this last version is also garnishing airplay success).
Pat Barrett effectively endorsed Chris Tomlin’s version, which was similar to the cover by Housefires. "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,” Capitol Christian Music Group’s promoter, Grant Hubbard, told billboard.com.
"I love talking about this song cause I had nothing to do with writing it."
Good, Good Father left an impression on Chris Tomlin from the first time he heard it when his wife played it for him. He introduces his cut of the song on his website by saying that “Songs like this don’t come around that often. You try and you try as a songwriter to write songs that even get close to this and every once in a while that happens… I love talking about this song cause I had nothing to do with writing it.”
Anthony Brown, Good, Good Father co-writer, tells the story of how he came to write the chorus in an interview on newsongcafe.com. Tony explains that he had no dad. “The only one I’ve ever called ‘Father’ is God.” He said that the chorus arose during spontaneous worship, and that they used the chorus in worship for about four years before he sat down with Pat Barrett and composed the entire song. “Just saying (the word good) once was not enough,” and so it is repeated twice.
“This song helps you unlearn damaging things you have heard about God.”
Pat Barrett, his co-writer, continues in the interview; “Good, Good Father helps you unlearn damaging things you have heard about God… the bridge ‘You are perfect in all of your ways, to us’ personalizes (His goodness).” The result is a powerful song that many people relate to at a deep level.
Good, Good Father is impacting worship around the globe. It's already a classic and will continue to broaden our understanding of the depth of God’s love for each of us each time we sing it. Both Tony Brown and Pat Barrett understand that their song carries a priceless message from God as He is worshiped through it. All of us relate to the message of a father’s loves, some as sons and daughters, and some as fathers. As Chris Tomlin summarizes, songs like this don’t come around very often.