5 Minute Walk

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5 Minute Walk
5 Minute Walk Logo.png
Founded1995 (1995)
FounderFrank Tate
Defunct2004 (2004)
Distributor(s)Diamante Music Group, Chordant/EMI
GenreChristian rock
Country of originU.S.
LocationConcord, California
Official websitewww.5minutewalk.com

5 Minute Walk was an independent record label founded by Frank Tate in April 1995. Operations were based in Concord, California in the back offices of The Screem, a music club operated by Tate.[1] They only carried Christian bands[2][1] and considered themselves to be a Christian ministry. Most records were produced by Masaki Liu at Masaki's One Way Studio and executive produced by Frank Tate.


Records released under 5 Minute Walk were distributed by Diamante Music Group until September 1998.[3] They then struck a deal with Forefront Records to distribute through EMI-owned Chordant Distribution in Christian markets and directly by EMI Distribution in mainstream markets.[3] They also had a sublabel, SaraBellum Records, founded in 1997.[4] Records released on the SaraBellum imprint were targeted at the general market, and distributed by the Warner Music Group.[4] Albums were often released on both labels simultaneously. Sarabellum was folded back into 5 Minute Walk in 2001 as the label changed distribution to EMI.

Their first release was Deeper Than Skies by My Brother's Mother in 1995.[5] In approximately 2001 the label dropped all artists from its roster except Five Iron Frenzy. When Five Iron disbanded at the end of 2003, lead singer Reese Roper signed under the name "Roper." The group released one album, Brace Yourself for the Mediocre, in late 2004 and toured nationally before disbanding.


"If we're going to call this Christian music, then it should be doing something Christ-like."

—Jeremy Post, Guitarist for 5 Minute Walk band Black Eyed Sceva.[6]

Many of their records and tours raised money for charity causes. Artists involved in these tours sometimes played without payment, and included off-label bands such as Sixpence None the Richer, the Lost Dogs, and Poor Old Lu.[7] These operations were at the direction of Frank Tate who, previous to the label's founding and as manager for The Prayer Chain and The 77s,[7] raised money to send 72 HIV infected children to Disneyland.[7] Tours often took donations such as socks, blankets, and jackets and gave the collections to local homeless shelters.[8] Certain albums raised money for world hunger related causes. The company also ran a food and medical center in Tijuana, Mexico that fed upwards of 150 children each day[6][9] and contributed to an orphanage in Tijuana.[10]

Five Minute Walk tours were not restricted to "christian friendly" venues such as churches, as bars and non-traditional venues such as roller skating rinks were considered ministry opportunities. Typically their bands would not preach to the crowds, but let the music carry the message to the listener.[11] The approach of the label was to ensure the bands were spiritually healthy so that they could effectively transmit the Gospel message.[12] The labels lyrical approach, as explained by Frank Tate, was "...if you search the lyrics and ponder what they're saying, you'll hear the hope that they've found. But you're not going to come to one of our shows and get banged over the head with a Bible."[11] Five Iron Frenzy participated in the 1998 Ska Against Racism tour, which raised awareness of and money for anti-racism causes.[13][14] Five Iron also participated in the Vans Warped Tour in 2002.


"Love God, Love Others, Take Time to Listen."

Excerpted from an interview between Harmon Leon and Frank Tate:[15]

If you spend five minutes a day talking to Jesus like you would a friend, He would become your friend. I know it sounds weird, but I challenge you to give it a try. The next time you're bummed, lonely, scared or frustrated, go for a five-minute walk and talk to Him like you would a friend. Tell Him exactly how you feel and what you're thinking.


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  1. ^ a b Urbanski, David (May 1997). "The Future of Christian Music: Independends' Day". CCM Magazine. 19 (11): 57–60. ISSN 1524-7848.
  2. ^ Stonehocker, Linda (1996-10-13). "Dryve". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
    Tollbooth: You've signed to Five Minute Walk Records. Were your spiritual beliefs a factor in that agreement?
    Dryve: Yeah, that was like the first thing. Frank Tate was not as concerned about our playing and song-writing as where we were in our relationships with God.
  3. ^ a b Price, Deborah Evans (1998-03-14). "ForeFront signs deal with indie". Billboard Magazine. 110 (11): 134.
  4. ^ a b Hefner, April (March 1997). "Everything Changes / Big Deals". CCM Magazine. 19 (9): 12. ISSN 1524-7848.
  5. ^ Patrick, S.B. (1995). "Reviews / Deeper Than Skies". True Tunes News. 7 (2/3): 13.
  6. ^ a b (unsigned) (March–April 1999). "7ball Bullpen Bulletins / 5 Minute Walk Celebrates". 7ball (23): 16. ISSN 1082-3980.
  7. ^ a b c Stewart, Jimmy (October 1996). "Fall Tour to Collect Clothes For the Needy". CCM Magazine. 19 (4): 24. ISSN 1524-7848.
  8. ^ Take Time To Listen Volume II (liner). Various Artists. Concord, California: Five Minute Walk. 1996. FWD4907.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  9. ^ Take Time To Listen Volume 5 (liner). Various Artists. Concord, California: Five Minute Walk. 2000. FMD2402.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  10. ^ "Hard News". HM Magazine (85): 16. September–October 2000. ISSN 1066-6923.
  11. ^ a b Friar, William (1997-11-15). "Christian rock music spires in popularity". The Austin American-Statesman. pp. E5.
  12. ^ Sant, John (May–June 2000). "All The Hype Five Iron Can Bring". HM Magazine (83): 24. ISSN 1066-6923. Archived from the original on 2000-09-18. Retrieved 2007-04-24. [Frank Tate] ...told us that the label's only job was to make sure that the band was spiritually healthy so that they could pass that onto the kids who were listening. When we talked to the other labels, Jesus Christ was not brought up once.
  13. ^ Alfonso, Barry (1999). "Five Iron Frenzy". In Brennan, Luann (ed.). Contemporary Musicians. Volume 26. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale Group. pp. 49–50. ISBN 0-7876-3251-1. ISSN 1044-2197.
  14. ^ Steininger, Alex (April 1998). "Ska Against Racism". In Music We Trust. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
  15. ^ Leon, Harmon (1999-06-21). "Rock of Ages". Metro. Metro Silicon Valley. ISSN 0882-4290. Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  • Friebel, Melanie (May 1994). "The Buzz Stop Tour Brakes For AIDS". CCM Magazine. 16 (11): 14. ISSN 1524-7848.
  • Hendrickson, Lucas W. (August 1996). "Indie City: Independent Labels Thrive On Growing Alternative Music Scene". CCM Magazine. 19 (2): 21–22. ISSN 1524-7848.

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