Christopher G. "Chris" Tompkins is an American songwriter from Nashville, originally from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He won the 2007 MusicRow "Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year" award and was honored as the Alabama Music Hall of Fame songwriter of the year.
He and Josh Kear wrote the platinum seller and 2008 Grammy Award winner "Before He Cheats", sung by Carrie Underwood. It was named 2007 Single of the Year by the Country Music Association. He also co-wrote "I'm Gone" on Bo Bice's See the Light album, "Don't Cost a Dime" on Martina McBride's Shine album, "On My Way Home" on J. Michael Harter's Unexpected Change album, "Time Machine" on Shelly Fairchild's album Ride, as well as a number of other songs.
Tompkins collaborated with Underwood once again on her 2012 album Blown Away, notably on the second single of the same name. He also co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's 2013 single "Get Your Shine On" with Rodney Clawson, The Band Perry's 2013 single "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" with Clawson and Sarah Buxton and Frankie Ballard's 2013 single "Helluva Life" with Clawson and Kear.