Essential Records (Christian)

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Essential Records
LogoEssential Records.jpg
Parent companySony Music Nashville
Founded1992 (1992)
FounderRobert Beeson
GenreContemporary Christian music
Country of originUnited States
LocationFranklin, Tennessee

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


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 Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.[1]



The current roster of artists:[3]



  1. ^ a b "Essential Records". Archived from the original on August 18, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Can Christian Acts Depend on Radio?. Billboard magazine. July 13, 1996. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Artists roster". Essential Records. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Record Labels". Archived from the original on April 17, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  5. ^ Day Of Fire Discography, Day Of Fire Artist Database, Day Of Fire Lyrics Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  6. ^ "Kerrie Roberts". Retrieved February 3, 2011.

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