Tooth & Nail Records
|Tooth & Nail Records|
|Distributor(s)||Capitol Christian Music Group (US; 1994-2013)
RED (US; 2013-present)
Sony Music (Worldwide)
Diamante Music Group (former)
|Genre||Christian rock, alternative rock, Christian metal, Christian punk|
|Country of origin||United States|
Tooth & Nail Records is a Christian rock record label founded by Brandon Ebel in California in November 1993. The label later moved to Seattle, Washington where it is situated today. It has been home to many well-known musical acts, including Underoath, Hawk Nelson, Emery, The Almost, FM Static, Family Force 5, and MxPx.
Tooth & Nail's first album released was Wish for Eden's Pet the Fish, which was produced by Michael Knott and originally slated to be released by Blonde Vinyl. Subsequent releases from The Juliana Theory, MxPx, and Starflyer 59 made Tooth & Nail a strong force in Christian music circles, as well as a niche underground subculture in itself. Prior to forming Tooth & Nail, Ebel worked for the Christian label Frontline.
Eight Tooth & Nail-affiliated albums have been RIAA-certified as Gold for sales of 500,000 or more copies. The label saw one of its greatest successes when Underoath's Define the Great Line debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2006.
The label also released a limited edition hard cover book, with the proceeds goign to benefit Music Cares.
RIAA gold certifications
|Jeremy Camp||Carried Me: The Worship Project|
|There Will Be a Day|
|Underoath||Define the Great Line|
|They're Only Chasing Safety|
|MxPx||Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo|
Nominations and awards
|Year||Artist||Album / Song||Award||Result / Category||Other|
|2006||Norma Jean||O God, the Aftermath||Grammy||Nominated - Best Recording Package||Solid State Records|
|2007||Fair||The Best Worst-Case Scenario||Grammy||Nominated - Best Recording Package|
|Underoath||"Writing on the Walls"||Grammy||Nominated - Best Short Form Music Video||Solid State Records/Tooth & Nail Records|
|2008||The Fold||Secrets Keep You Sick||Grammy||Nominated - Best Recording Package|
|2009||Hawk Nelson||Hawk Nelson Is My Friend||Grammy||Nominated - Best Recording Package||BEC Recordings/Tooth & Nail Records|
|Jeremy Camp||Speaking Louder Than Before||Grammy||Nominated - Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album||BEC Recordings|
|Underoath||Lost in the Sound of Separation||Grammy||Nominated - Best Recording Package||Solid State Records|
Tooth & Nail contains multiple imprints, each catering to a different genre of music:
- BEC Recordings mostly includes artists in the mainstream sect of commercial Christian rock such as Kutless and Jeremy Camp, with some exceptions (such as hip hop artists KJ-52 and Manafest).
- Solid State Records distributes metal and hardcore albums by artists such as Living Sacrifice, Demon Hunter, Haste the Day, Underoath and August Burns Red.
- Uprok Records was a hip hop label that included many of the genre's early successes, such as ILL Harmonics and KJ-52. It is dissolved, though hip hop albums distributed by BEC Recordings still bear its logo (most recently Glory by Manafest).
- Plastiq Musiq (founded by Ronnie Martin of Joy Electric) primarily signed electronic music artists. Tooth & Nail entered a partnership to distribute Plastiq Musiq albums in 1998 and 1999. Plastiq Musiq continues to release albums independently.
- Fugitive Recordings primarily is made up of artists marketed outside of the Christian market, including Denison Witmer, The Presidents of the United States of America, and Young London.
- The label acquired Takehold Records, an independent record label, in 2002. This acquisition brought several bands to Tooth & Nail including Underoath, Further Seems Forever, Few Left Standing and Narcissus.
On March 13, 2013 it was announced that Brandon Ebel had sold the entire Tooth & Nail music catalog to Capitol Christian Music Group (formerly EMI Christian Music Group) and by doing so was able to buy back the 50% stake in Tooth & Nail formerly owned by EMI making it an independent record label. It will retain the rights to all future releases with a new distributor, RED Distribution.
- Abandoned Pools
- Bleach (currently active)
- Blindside (currently unsigned)
- Brave Saint Saturn (signed to Department of Biophysics Records)
- The Classic Crime (currently unsigned)
- Corey Crowder (currently unsigned)
- Craig's Brother (currently on Takeover Records)
- Crash Rickshaw (side project for members of Project 86)
- Damien Jurado
- Danielson (currently on Secretly Canadian)
- The Dingees
- Discover America (currently on Lujo Records)
- Dogwood (currently on Roadside Records)
- The Drawing Room (side project of Thousand Foot Krutch)
- Emery (currently on Bad Christian Music)
- Everdown (reunited, two new demos on MySpace)
- Family Force 5 (currently on Transparent Media Group)
- Fighting Jacks
- Focused (unsigned)
- The Fold (independent)
- Further Seems Forever (currently on Rise Records; members became part of Dashboard Confessional, Action Reaction and Fields Forever)
- Goodnight Star (currently on Miniature Records)
- Hawk Nelson (currently on Fair Trade Services)
- Holland (changed name to The Lonely Hearts; currently unsigned)
- The Huntingtons (reunited)
- Icon for Hire (independent)
- Joy Electric
- Kings Kaleidoscope(currently on BEC Recordings/Gospel Song Recordings)
- The Letter Black
- The Lonely Hearts
- Love & Death
- Luxury (currently on Northern Records)
- Matt & Toby (currently on BadChristian Records)
- mewithoutYou (currently on Run for Cover Records)
- Mike Knott
- MxPx (currently on Rock City Recordings)
- New Empire
- Nine Lashes (currently on BEC Recordings)
- Norway (independent)
- The O.C. Supertones (currently on BEC Recordings)
- Overcome (currently on Facedown Records)
- P.O.D. (currently on Universal Music Group)
- Project 86 (independent)
- Rocky Loves Emily (currently unsigned)
- Run Kid Run (recently archived)
- Sainthood Reps (currently on No Sleep Records)
- Search the City (currently unsigned)
- Seventh Day Slumber (currently on BEC Recordings)
- Showbread (currently on Come&Live! Records)
- Since October
- Spoken (currently on Artery Recordings)
- States (currently recording a second album)
- Stavesacre (limited activity, members in Neon Horse)
- Surrogate (Independent)
- Swimming with Dolphins (currently unsigned)
- Sullivan (currently on Spartan Records)
- Thousand Foot Krutch (independent)
- The Crucified
- The Wedding
- The Wednesdays (Currently with Thorp Records)
- Write This Down (currently unsigned)
- "Capitol Christian Music Group Completes Acquisition of Tooth & Nail's Catalog, T&N to Re-Launch". Billboard. March 13, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
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