Category:Record labels based in Nashville, Tennessee
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The following 22 pages are in this category, out of 22 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 22 pages are in this category, out of 22 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Sun Records – Sun Records is an American independent record label founded by Sam Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee in 1952. Sun was the first company to record Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Sun Records discovered and first recorded such influential musicians as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Presleys recording contract was sold to RCA Victor Records for $35,000 in 1955 to relieve Suns financial difficulties. Before those records, Sun had concentrated mainly on African-American musicians because Phillips loved rhythm and blues, Sun record producer and engineer Jack Clement discovered and recorded Jerry Lee Lewis while Phillips was away on a trip to Florida. The original Sun Records logo was designed by John Gale Parker, Jr. a resident of Memphis, Sun was founded with the financial aid of Jim Bulliet, one of many record executives for whom Phillips had scouted artists before 1952. Some of the artists at Sun were Roscoe Gordon, Rufus Thomas, Little Milton, Tex Weiss, Charlie Rich, Howlin Wolf, Bill Justis. In the Lovin Spoonful song Nashville Cats, John Sebastian used poetic license when he referred to Sun as the Yellow Sun Records from Nashville, there were also sixteen female recording artists whose records were released on the Sun and Phillips international label. These include Barbara Pittman and the Miller Sisters, in 1969, Mercury Records label producer Shelby Singleton purchased the Sun label from Phillips. Singleton merged his operations into Sun International Corporation, which re-released and re-packaged compilations of Suns early artists in the early 1970s and it later introduced rockabilly tribute singer Jimmy Orion Ellis in 1980, with Orion taking on the persona of Elvis Presley. The company remains in business as Sun Entertainment Corporation, and currently licenses its brand, Sun Entertainment also includes SSS International Records, Plantation Records, Amazon Records, Red Bird Records, Blue Cat Records among other labels the company acquired over the years. Its website sells collectible items and compact discs bearing the original 1950s Sun logo, Sun Records is located in Nashville, Tennessee. It has been mainly a reissue label since the 1970s but signed country musician Julie Roberts to a contract in 2013. The music of many Sun Records musicians helped lay part of the foundation of late 20th-century rock and roll and influenced younger musicians. In 2001, Paul McCartney appeared on a compilation album titled Good Rockin Tonight. List of record labels Elvis Presleys Sun recordings Johnny Cashs Sun recordings Roy Orbisons Sun Recordings Official website Sun Studio official site Chronology, session files, discography
2. Broken Bow Records – Broken Bow Records is an American independent record label based in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in July 1999 by Benny Brown, the label specializes in country music, the labels general manager is Jon Loba. Craig Morgan produced the first number-one single for the label with his 2005 hit Thats What I Love About Sunday, thompson Square had a number-one hit on the label in early 2011 with Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not. Jason Aldean has produced the most number-one hits on the label, in 2009, Broken Bow Records launched a sister label, Stoney Creek Records. Three years later, Broken Bow partnered with RED Distribution to form Red Bow Records, whose first signees are Joe Nichols, in August 2015, Broken Bow launched another imprint label, Wheelhouse Records, with Trace Adkins and Granger Smith the first artists signed to it. Broken Bow was acquired by BMG Rights Management in February 2017
3. Word Records – Word Records is a Christian faith-based entertainment company based in Nashville, Tennessee. It is owned by Curb Records and is a part of Word Entertainment, Word Records was founded in Waco, Texas, in 1951 by Jarrell McCracken, Baylor business major Henry SoRelle and radio and television executive Ted Snider. The labels name is based on a 16-minute spoken word recording written and narrated by McCracken, the event is based on a full length match between the forces of Good and Evil with Jesus Christ and Satan coaching the two teams. McCracken was familiar with play-by-play broadcasting, having created virtual baseball games for radio broadcast based on wire reports, McCracken originally presented his The Game of Life presentation on Sunday nights at various churches around the central Texas area. Everywhere he presented The Game of Life, he got requests for copies, eventually, he had a short run of records pressed to offer at churches where he spoke. The fictional radio station in the recording has the call letters WORD, after being asked by a friend when he was going to release a follow-up, McCracken then decided to pursue the label on a more serious level. Subsequent records focused on other spoken word recordings, but Word soon branched out into gospel music. Early employees for the label included Tom Norfleet, Kurt Kaiser, the label struggled initially until Marvin Norcross became an equity partner. By 1954, Word had become a house as well. Several subsidiary labels were started over the years, Canaan Records in the sixties, Myrrh Records and DaySpring Records in 1977, two of these labels no longer exist today in their original form. The Myrrh Label was resurrected in 2005 as a praise and worship record label, Canaan Records was also re-opened in early 2007 with Dave Clark at the helm. Larry Normans Solid Rock Records had a deal with Word from 1975 to 1980. Artists on Solid Rock included Norman, Randy Stonehill, Daniel Amos, Tom Howard, light Records was distributed in the 1970s by Word Records before being sold to Ralph Carmichael in the 1980s. Reunion Records signed a distribution and promotion contract in the 80s, today, Reunion Records is distributed through Provident Music Group. Star Song was distributed by Word Records but left their distribution deal in the late 1980s to sign with Sparrow Records which was taken over by Chordant Distribution and then by EMI. Distribution deals with labels in the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s allowed Word Records to rise to the top. They distributed, promoted, and advertised the biggest names in contemporary Christian music, artists such as Amy Grant, Michael W. In the 1976, McCracken sold part interest in his label to the American Broadcasting Company,10 years later, ABC merged with Capital Cities, Inc. and forced McCracken out of the company
4. Universal Music Group Nashville – Universal Music Group Nashville is Universal Music Groups country music subsidiary. Some of the labels in this group include MCA Nashville Records, Mercury Nashville Records, Lost Highway Records, Capitol Records Nashville, in 1947, Cohen hired Owen Bradley as his assistant working in Nashville. The country music moved to Nashville in 1955 as much of the country music recording business was locating there. Bradley succeeded Cohen as head of Deccas Nashville division in 1958, Decca Nashville was renamed MCA Nashville in 1973. In 1979, MCA Nashville absorbed the country music roster and back catalogue of ABC Records including the Dot Records catalogue. In the early 1980s, MCA Nashville signed Reba McEntire and George Strait, while Decca resumed issuing country music in February 2008, the current Decca country music department has no connection with UMG Nashville. However, MCA Nashville continues to reissue past country releases from Decca, with the absorption of MCA Records into Geffen Records in 2003, MCA Nashville, apart from UMGs operations in the Philippines, is now the only unit of Universal Music to still use the MCA name. The still active Mercury Records was formed in Chicago in 1945 issuing recordings in a variety of genres including country music, the Nashville office of Mercury began as a joint venture between Mercury and Pappy Dailys established country music record label Starday Records in January 1957. In July 1958, the Mercury/Starday joint venture was dissolved and Starday record producer Shelby Singleton stayed on with Mercury in Nashville, Singleton left Mercury in 1966 to form his own company which bought Sun Records in 1969. In 1997, PolyGram, which owned Mercury, consolidated all its Nashville operations under the Mercury name, the consolidations in Nashville which created UMG Nashville kept the Mercury Nashville imprint active. Reissues of country music recordings first issued on the MGM, Polydor, Capitol Records Nashville is a major United States-based record label located in Nashville Tennessee operating as part of the Capitol Music Group. Capitol Nashville was formerly known as Liberty Records from 1991 until 1995 when it was changed back to Capitol, in 1993 Liberty opened a sister label, Patriot Records, but it was closed in 1995. In 1999 EMI launched Virgin Records Nashville but by 2001 Capitol absorbed the short-lived label, Capitol Nashville remained a stand- alone label until 2010 when it launched EMI Nashville. Capitol Nashville is also home to several successful artists who remain on their roster today. On March 23,2011, Alan Jackson signed with Capitols EMI Nashville division in conjunction with his own ACR Records label, in late 2012 Capitol Records Nashville became part of the Universal Music Group after a merger between EMI and UMG. EMI Records Nashville was formed in 2010 and served as a label to Capitol Records Nashville. Its flagship artist was Troy Olsen, other artists signed to EMI include Eric Church and Alan Jackson. Universal Music Group acquired EMI in 2012, EMI is currently a part of UMG along with sister label Capitol Records Nashville
5. Black Country Rock Media – Black Country Rock Media is an American independent multiple format recording record label owned by Shooter Jennings. Black Country Rock began in 2010 as a label for Shooter Jennings 2010 album Black Ribbons and evolved into a full record label with offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles. BCR fearlessly embraces and supports both the accessibility of the technology of the present and also the preservation of tangible goods. In October 2013 Jennings announced the formation of his new label and multi-format recording company, all four were released in Vinyl, cassette, Cd, as well as digitally. Black Country Rock later signed Ron Jeremy and Wanda Jackson both of whom had albums released on April 19th,2014 Record Store Day, Black Country Rock Media hosts concert nights called BCR Days or BCR Nights. The concerts usually feature Shooter among other artists both on the Black Country Rock Label such as Jessi Colter and off such as Billy Ray Cyrus and these concerts are typically for now held in the greater Los Angeles area. Shooter Jennings Jessi Colter Jamey Johnson Wanda Jackson Ron Jeremy Twiggy Ramirez The library of Waylon Jennings
6. Lamon Records – Lamon Records is an indie record label, originally established in North Carolina, now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Lamon Records was started in 1962 by Dwight and Lucille Moody, the labels first record was a 4-song EP fundraiser for a local church where Dwight Moody was the pastor. This record established Lamon as an international label, the trio of brothers would be nominated for a second Grammy on the Lamon family label in 1990 and win three International Country Music Awards in Europe. Then, Disney offered The Moody Brothers a featured concert performance role at Disneyland Paris in France when the park, the Moody Brothers performed for over 50 million guests during their time with Disney in France. Dave Moody returned to America in 1998 to head up the family label, the company moved its headquarters and dLAB Studios from Charlotte, NC to Nashville, TN in 2008. In 2012,2013 and 2016, Lamon Records was nominated as Country Record Label of the Year by New Music Weekly, in 1989, the Moodys and Lamon recorded an album in Prague, Czechoslovakia with Jiri Brabec and Country Beat. The album Friends was the first such cooperative production between an American company and what was then a communist state-owned record label Supraphon, the project won the artists, producers, engineers and studios the Ampex Golden Reel Award. In 2002, Lamon released the album George Peach by Burrito Deluxe, in 2010, producers Dave Moody and Colin Elliott from the Irish group Live Issue recorded the album Old Fashioned Hymns and Gospel Songs. The track Im Using My Bible for a Roadmap featuring Del McCoury, in 2015, Lamon signed country artist Buddy Jewell, the first winner on the USA Network talent show Nashville Star. The album was produced by Dave Moody, co-produced by Josh Moody