Essential Records (Christian)

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Essential Records
LogoEssential Records.jpg
Parent company Sony Music Entertainment
Founded 1992
Founder Robert Beeson
Distributor(s) Provident
Genre Contemporary Christian music
Country of origin U.S.
Location Franklin, Tennessee
Official website

Essential Records is a contemporary Christian record label based in Franklin, Tennessee. It is a division of a major label, Sony Music Entertainment.


It was established in 1992 and acquired by Brentwood Music in 1993.[1] The label's first big hit release was "Flood" by Jars of Clay in 1996.[2] 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 Billboard Hot 100.[2] Today it is part of the Provident Label Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.[1]



The current roster of artists:[3]



  1. ^ a b "Essential Records". Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Can Christian Acts Depend on Radio?. Billboard magazine. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Artists roster". Essential Records. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Record Labels". Google. Archived from the original on April 17, 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Day Of Fire Discography, Day Of Fire Artist Database, Day Of Fire Lyrics Retrieved 04-29-2011.
  6. ^ "Kerrie Roberts". Retrieved 3 February 2011. 

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