Essential Records (Christian)
|Parent company||Sony Music Entertainment|
|Genre||Contemporary Christian music|
|Country of origin||U.S.|
It was established in 1992 and acquired by Brentwood Music in 1993. The label's first big hit release was "Flood" by Jars of Clay in 1996. The song was a hit on mainstream radio before hitting on Christian formats; it hit No. 12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and appeared in the Hot 100. Today it is part of the Provident Label Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
The current roster of artists:
- Building 429
- Elevation Worship
- Matt Maher
- The Neverclaim
- One Sonic Society
- Royal Tailor
- Third Day
- Rhett Walker Band
- Warren Barfield
- Brooke Barrettsmith (active)
- Caedmon's Call (active, with INO Records)
- Andy Cherry (active)
- Day of Fire (inactive)
- FFH (inactive)
- Fireflight (active)
- Grey Holiday (disbanded)
- Jars of Clay (active, with Gray Matters)
- KJ-52 (active, with BEC Records)
- Krystal Meyers (inactive)
- Bebo Norman (active, with BEC Records)
- Andrew Peterson (active, with Centricity Music)
- Pillar (active)
- Plumb (active, with Curb Records)
- Kerrie Roberts (active, with Reunion Records)
- The Royal Royal (active)
- Tal & Acacia (active)
- True Vibe (disbanded)
- V*Enna (disbanded)
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