Sparrow Records

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Sparrow Records
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Parent company
Founded1976 (1976)
FounderBilly Ray Hearn
Distributor(s)Capitol Christian Music Group
GenreContemporary Christian music, gospel
Country of originUnited States
LocationBrentwood, Tennessee, U.S.

Sparrow Records is a Christian music record label and a division of Universal Music Group.


Sparrow Records was founded in 1976 by Billy Ray Hearn, then artists and repertoire (A&R) director at Myrrh Records.[1] Purchased by Thorn EMI in 1992, Sparrow's parent underwent a demerger four years later to become the EMI Group,[2][3] and the label is now part of the Capitol Christian Music Group.[4] Sparrow Records rose to prominence with the signing of singer, songwriter, Contemporary Christian musician and minister Keith Green. Within a year of his 1976 signing by Sparrow, Green was the top selling Christian artist in America.

As of 2009, Sparrow's artists include Britt Nicole, Chris Tomlin, Mandisa, Matt Redman, Matthew West, Steven Curtis Chapman and Switchfoot. Since 1996, a popular production of Sparrow Records has been the annual WOW Hits contemporary Christian music series. In 1998, the WOW franchise then added the annual WOW Gospel series of albums. The WOW Worship series was introduced in 1999, an annual compilation of the greatest hits in contemporary worship music.




  • Firewind: A Contemporary Dramatic Musical (1976)
  • Christmas (1988)
  • Passion: Awakening (2010)

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  1. ^ Mount, Daniel J. (2005). A City on a Hilltop? The History of Contemporary Christian Music. pp. 48–50, 53. Archived from the original on February 3, 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2007.
  2. ^ "Thorn EMI moves into gospel music with US purchase". Independent. September 30, 1992.
  3. ^ "Vote solid for Thorn demerger". Independent. August 17, 1996.
  4. ^ Hendershot, Heather (2004). "Why Should the Devil Have all the Good Music? Christian Music and the Secular Marketplace". Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. p. 56. ISBN 0-226-32679-9.

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