Tyscot Records

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Tyscot Records
Founded 1976
Founder Craig Tyson, Leonard Scott
Genre Gospel
Country of origin United States
Location Indianapolis, Indiana
Official website www.tyscot.com

Tyscot Records is an independent American gospel music record label based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tyscot Records was founded by Craig Tyson and Dr. Leonard Scott[1] in 1976 in order to record their church choir, Christ Church Apostolic Radio Choir.

It now stands as the oldest Black-owned Gospel recording label in the nation. Dr. Scott and Tyson established Tyscot Records as a recording vehicle for a local church choir project. Dr. Leonard Scott initially operated the company (Tyscot Records) from offices in his dental practice. The company faced hard financial times in the beginning phases and sometime later Craig Tyson decided to relinquish his share in the company. In the 1980s the label gained momentum by signing artists such as the Rev. Bill Sawyer and the Christian Tabernacle Choir, and Robert Turner and the Silver Hearts.

In 1988, Dr. Scott’s son, Bryant Scott was hired as the label’s General Manager. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Tyscot Records experienced tremendous growth and success mostly due to the recordings of a new artist at that time named Rev. John P. Kee. Rev. Kee and his New Life Community Choir climbed the charts with each successive recording to land in the number one position in 1992 with the recording "We Walk By Faith".

The company faced a severe crisis in 1993 when their distributor, Spectra filed for bankruptcy and left owing Tyscot Records over a ½ million dollars that had been generated from the sale of its products. This meant, in turn, that Tyscot Records would not be able to pay its artists or their bills.

"But each of our artists stayed with us and renewed their contracts even though there was no guarantee they would be compensated,” said Scott. As the 1990s progressed, Tyscot Records experienced tremendous success with John P. Kee, whose 1999 release, “Not Guilty”, sold more than 500,000 copies and gave Tyscot their first RIAA certified Gold Record.

Today Tyscot Records has a roster of artists who boast a national and international following, including Deitrick Haddon and the Voices of Unity, the Rance Allen Group, Bishop Leonard Scott (founder of Tyscot Records), Shirley Murdock, Rodnie Bryant, Anointed Pace Sisters, Damita Haddon, Bishop Larry Trotter, Bishop Noel Jones and the City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, VaShawn Mitchell, Morris Chapman, DeAndre Patterson, Lucinda Moore, Carman, and the Inner City Mass Choir.

Tyscot Recording Company is in the near north side of Indianapolis. The company staff consists of President, Executive Assistant, Senior Director of Marketing, VP of Promotions, A&R Representative, Marketing & Promotions Coordinator, contracted Public Relations personnel, interns and a host of volunteers. All Tyscot Records products are distributed by Ryko Distribution for the general market and Word Distribution for the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) in association with Taseis Media Group.

Tyscot is home to several notable gospel artists such as Garnelle Hubbard-Spearman Deitrick Haddon, Chris Jones, Mark Hubbard, Brent Jones, Oscar Hayes, Cedric Ford, Javen, Lucinda Moore, and seminal CCM artist Carman.[2] Label co-founder Craig Tyson died on November 30, 2006 in Indianapolis.

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