Light Records

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Light Records
Parent company eOne Music
Founded 1966 (1966)
Founder Ralph Carmichael
Genre Gospel music
Country of origin United States
Official website lightrecords.com

Light Records is a gospel record label founded in 1966 by Ralph Carmichael as a joint venture with the Waco, Texas-based Word Records. It is a subsidiary of eOne Music.

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Early-on, Light Records' first roster included Ralph Carmichael, the Carmichael Young People, Ralph Carmichael's 102 Strings recordings, and Ralph's daughter Kim (Carol) Carmichael. Other artists included Jimmy Durante and Thurl Ravenscroft (the voice of Tony the Tiger in cereal commercials). Light moved into Gospel music quickly, with the 1968 signing of future Grammy-winners Andrae Crouch & the Disciples and The Oral Roberts Singers featuring Richard Roberts (evangelist) who had a hit with their opening theme (Something Good Is Going to Happen to You) and closing theme (A God of Miracles) for The Oral Roberts Hour .

Soon after, other gospel artists Kristle Murden, The Archers, The Winans, Walter Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Bob Bailey joined the roster. For a time, Light was also home to Contemporary Christian artists such as Sweet Comfort Band, Reba Rambo-McGuire, Jamie Owens and Carman.

Carmichael bought out Word's portion of Light/Lexicon in 1980 after ABC/CapCities had purchased Word in 1974. Light was then purchased by Platinum Entertainment in 1993. After Platinum filed bankruptcy in 2001, it was renamed Compendia Music Group, and the Light label continued as an urban-gospel label. Compendia was purchased by Sheridan Square Entertainment in 2004.[1]

Light Records is now currently owned by Entertainment One as of April 2010.[2]

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