Tooth & Nail Records

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Tooth & Nail Records
Tooth and Nail Records logo.png
Founded1993 (1993)
FounderBrandon Ebel
Distributor(s)US Catalog:
Capitol/EMI CMG (1994–2013)
RED Music (2013–present)
International Catalog:
EMI/Universal (1994–2013)
Sony Music (2013–present)
GenreChristian rock, Christian alternative rock, Christian metal, Christian punk
Country of originUnited States
LocationSeattle, Washington

Tooth & Nail Records is a Christian rock record label[1] founded by Brandon Ebel in California in November 1993. The label later moved to Seattle, Washington where it is situated today. It is home to many well-known musical acts, including Underoath, Hawk Nelson, Emery, The Almost, FM Static, Family Force 5, Anberlin, and MxPx.

Tooth & Nail's first album released was Wish for Eden's Pet the Fish,[2] 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.[3]


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.[4]

The label also released a limited edition hard cover book, with the proceeds going to benefit Music Cares.[5]

RIAA gold certifications[edit]

Year Artist Album
2004 Jeremy Camp Carried Me: The Worship Project
2002 Stay
2004 Restored
2006 Beyond Measure
2008 There Will Be a Day[6]
2006 Underoath Define the Great Line
2004 They're Only Chasing Safety
2022 7eventh Time Down God is on the Move[7]
2005 Kutless Strong Tower
2009 Live from Portland[8]
1998 MxPx Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo

Nominations and awards[edit]

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:

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.[10]

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Former: active[edit]

Former: disbanded[edit]

Former: On hiatus or inactive[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Capitol Christian Music Group Completes Acquisition of Tooth & Nail's Catalog, T&N to Re-Launch". Billboard. March 13, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Brown, Bruce A. (February 1994). "R.E.X. Begins to Distribute for Grrr Records". CCM Magazine. 16 (8): 12.
  3. ^ a b c Bonham, Chad (May–June 1998). "Tooth & Nail". 7ball (18): 22–25. ISSN 1082-3980.
  4. ^ "Underoath – Define the Great Line". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "Tooth & Nail celebrates 20 years". CBA. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  6. ^ "RIAA Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum Awards" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 11, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America.
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America.
  9. ^ "Tooth & Nail Records". Discogs. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "CCMG Purchases Tooth & Nail Catalog". Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  11. ^ "Tooth & Nail - Artists". Tooth & Nail Records. Retrieved February 3, 2016.

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