Some famous, contemporary praise and worship leaders as of 2015 are Michael W. Smith and Chris Tomlin. Another famous contemporary praise and worship leader who is also an accomplished pianist and songwriter is Bob Kauflin.
Smith's Christian music career includes multiple Dove awards, three Grammy awards and more than 3 number 1 adult, contemporary hits. Smith's collection of work includes Christian pop music as well as worship-based music tracks. His rise to prominence in Christian worship music includes time as a keyboardist in Amy Grant's band and later as Grant's opening act. Smith's collection of worship music has several successful titles such as "Worship" and "Worship Again." His career has afforded him opportunities to perform and lead worship before presidents, Billy Graham and other community leaders.
Tomlin boasts nine no. 1 hits and millions of dollars in sales for his contemporary Christian worship music. Tomlin's most popular hits are “Amazing Grace,” “Forever” and “How Great is Our God." Tomlin's worship leading extends to camps, college campuses and Austin's Stone Community Church, where Tomlin accepted a position as worship leader in 2002. Tomlin's album "See the Morning" holds two Grammy nominations.
Bob Kauflin heads worship and music ministries for Sovereign Grace Ministries. In this capacity, Kauflin plays the piano, sings, writes songs and contributes to recording production. Kauflin's work extends to education. At church leadership conferences, he educates pastors on the theology behind Christian worship. Kauflin offers guidance to other worship leaders and serves as a resource in the Christian worship industry throughout the United States.