Heart Warming

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Heart Warming
Founded1962 (1962)
FounderJohn T. Benson Jr.
Country of originU.S.
LocationNashville, TN

Heart Warming was a gospel record label started by John T. Benson Jr.[1] Heart Warming and their chief rival Canaan Records (owned by Word Records) were arguably the two biggest and best gospel labels in their time. The Oak Ridge Boys, Jd Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, Jake Hess & The Imperials, Dottie Rambo, Bill Gaither Trio and Speer Family all signed to it and had many recordings on it. The Cathedral Quartet produced two of their most popular albums on it With Brass and With Strings.

Producers for the label included Bob Benson (John Benson's son), Bob MacKenzie (died Oct. 20, 2000),[2] and Don Light. Bob MacKenzie in particular produced some of the best gospel albums of that era and some of the best albums of the groups above.

Eventually the Benson company dropped the Heart Warming label instead having RiverSong be the southern gospel division and Impact Records and later Benson labels be their contemporary labels.

Finally in 2006 it was announced that Heart Warming, along with RiverSong was sold to Homeland Entertainment Group, former President of Zondervan Music Group, Bob Jones Jr is part owner of the company.

Artist Roster[edit]

This is an incomplete list of past and present artists that have recorded on this label

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Southern Gospel History - Heartwarming Records".
  2. ^ Billboard Magazine: Christian Music Executive Bob Mackenzie Dies

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