Sparrow Records
USINFO | 2014-06-23 15:51

Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1976
Founder Billy Ray Hearn
Distributor(s) Capitol Music Group
Genre Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock, Christian hip hop, contemporary worship music, Gospel, R&B
Country of origin United States
Location Brentwood, Tennessee
Official website

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

Sparrow Records was founded in 1976 by Billy Ray Hearn, then A&R director at Myrrh Records. Purchased by EMI in 1992, it is now part of the EMI Christian Music Group, and has been named by Billboard Magazine as "America's Best Christian Music Record Label". Sparrow Records rose to prominence with the signing of singer, songwriter, Contemporary Christian musician and ministerKeith Green. Within a year of his 1976 signing by Sparrow, Keith 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 Hitscontemporary Christian music series. The WOW franchise then added the annual WOW Gospel series of albums in 1998. The WOW Worship series was introduced in 1999, an annual compilation of the greatest hits in contemporary worship musicmusic.

Current Artists

  • Above the Golden State
  • Bellarive
  • City Harbor
  • Crowder
  • Danyew
  • Colton Dixon (with 19 Recordings)
  • Jon Foreman
  • Peter Furler
  • Amy Grant
  • Matt Hammitt
  • Adam Hayworth
  • Hillsong Live
  • Hillsong United
  • Hillsong Young & Free
  • Kari Jobe
  • Luminate
  • Mandisa
  • Shawn McDonald
  • Newsboys
  • Britt Nicole (with Capitol Records)
  • Christy Nockels
  • Nichole Nordeman
  • Passion
  • Matt Redman
  • Sarah Reeves
  • RonyRenfrow
  • Samestate
  • Sanctus Real
  • Soulfire Revolution
  • Michael W. Smith (with Capitol Records)
  • Kristian Stanfill
  • Switchfoot
  • TobyMac
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Matthew West
  • Josh Wilson

Former Artists
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•2nd Chapter of Acts (Disbanded)
•Susan Ashton (Active, currently unsigned)
•Audrey Assad (Active, independent)
•Avalon (Active, with Koch Records)
•Margaret Becker (Active, with Kingsway Music)
•Steve Camp (Active, currently unsigned)
•Michael Card (Active, currently unsigned)
•Carman (Active, currently unsigned)
•Steven Curtis Chapman (Active, with Reunion Records)
•Children of the Light (Inactive)
•David Crowder Band (Disbanded, had moved to sixstepsrecords)
•Delirious? (Disbanded)
•Bethany Dillon Active
•Earthsuit (Disbaned)
•The Elms (Disbanded)
•Kirk Franklin (Active, with GospoCentric Records)
•Keith Green (Deceased)
•Steve Green (Active, currently unsigned)
•Charlie Hall (Active, with sixstepsrecords)
•Tim Hughes (Active, with Survivor Records)
•Jump5 (Disbanded)
•Phil Keaggy (Active)
•Barry McGuire (Active, currently unsigned)
•Geoff Moore and the Distance (Disbanded)
•Needtobreathe (Active, with Atlantic Records)
•Christy Nockels (Active, with sixstepsrecords)
•Out of the Grey (On Hiatus)
•Twila Paris (Active, with Koch Records)
•Charlie Peacock (Active, independent)
•Matt Redman (Active, with sixstepsrecords)
•Resurrection Band
•Robbie Seay Band (Active, currently unsigned)
•Aaron Spiro (Active, currently unsigned)
•Kristian Stanfill (Active, with sixstepsrecords)
•Starfield (Active, independent)
•Switchfoot (Active, with lowercase people records (Switchfoot still has a distribution agreement with Sparrow Records))
•Russ Taff (Active, with Springhouse Records)
•John Michael Talbot (Active, with Troubadour for the Lord)
•Steve Taylor
•Dave Thrush (Active, independent)
•Chris Tomlin (Active, with sixstepsrecords)
•Michelle Tumes (Active, with EMI CMG)
•Sheila Walsh
•Matthew Ward (Active, independent)
•Deniece Williams(Last worked, with Shanachie Records)
•Lisa Whelchel
•ZOEgirl (Disbanded) (ZOEgirl reunited on February 27, 2011 but they don't plan to work on projects together, but it is still possible)

•Passion: Awakening (2010)
•Chistmas (1988)

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