Diamante Music Group

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Diamante Music Group
Founded1993 (1993)
FounderBill Conine
Defunct2004 (2004)
GenreChristian music
Country of originUnited States
LocationNewport Beach, California

Diamante Music Group was a Newport Beach, California-based independent record label distributor active from 1993 through 2004. Diamante was home to several dozen small independent record labels,[1] some of whose artists later gained worldwide recognition.

Among such were Rescue Records whose releases for San Diego-based artists P.O.D.'s Snuff the Punk and Brown and Tonéx's Pronounced Toe-Nay, who later signed contracts with Atlantic Records and Jive Records respectively, elevating the desire for the Rescue Records releases. Another notable Diamante-distributed label is Tooth & Nail Records whose artists Thousand Foot Krutch and MxPx first rose to prominence as independents. Multiple Dove Award winner Crystal Lewis made Diamante Music Group home for her independent label Metro One Music. Diamante was also home to N'Soul Records, the boutique label of Christian dance music pioneer Scott Blackwell and the Nitro Praise series.

In 2001, it was merged with The Butterfly Group, a record label collective of the Christian music industry started by Mike Rinaldi and Bob Carlisle, to become Diamante-Butterfly Group, LLC. The company consolidated its operations to Nashville, Tennessee in 2003.[2] Though numerous attempts had been made to resuscitate the independent distribution channel in the Christian music market, Diamante-Butterfly filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004[3] and was sold to CNI Distribution.[4]

In 2006 Syntax Records purchased the remaining assets of what was known as the Butterfly Group which included three P.O.D., titles, six Winan's titles, and many more before parting some of it out to other companies including their new distribution partner Koch Entertainment.

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  1. ^ Hendrickson, Lucas W. (August 1996). "Indie City: Independent Labels Thrive On Growing Alternative Music Scene". CCM Magazine. 19 (2): 21–22.
  2. ^ "Diamante-Butterfly Distribution moves from California to Franklin". March 18, 2003. Nashville Business Journal.
  3. ^ Press Release on Diamante Music Group bankruptcy Archived 2006-10-21 at the Wayback Machine. (PDF). August 31, 2004. Distributed by CNI Distribution.
  4. ^ "BUTTERFLY-DIAMANTE MUSIC GROUP BUYOUT FINALIZED" Archived 2006-12-12 at the Wayback Machine. (PDF). January 21, 2005. Distributed by CNI Distribution.

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