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Capitol Christian Music Group

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Country of origin  United States
Founder  Billy Ray Hearn
Location  Brentwood, Tennessee
Founded  1994
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Parent company  EMI (1976–2013) Universal Music Group (2013–present)
Distributor(s)  Capitol Music Group (in North America) Virgin EMI Records (in the United Kingdom)
Genre  Christian music, contemporary Christian music, Christian rock, gospel
Official website  capitolchristianmusicgroup.com
Headquarters  Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
Parent organization  EMI Group North America Holdings Inc.
Artists  Hillsong United, TobyMac, Kari Jobe, Newsboys, Michael W Smith
Albums  This Is Not a Test, I Will Follow, As Family We Go, Live Forever, One Place Live

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Capitol Christian Music Group (Capitol CMG) (formerly known as EMI Christian Music Group) is an American music group that, since 2013, is under the ownership of Universal Music Group. It is based in Brentwood, Tennessee. Capitol CMG is the leader in the Christian Gospel music industry.


Capitol CMG is a company whose assets include such labels as Sparrow and ForeFront Records as well as the industry's distribution company and a publishing company.

Capitol CMG features artists such as Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and Hillsong United.


The music group was founded by Billy Ray Hearn in February 1976 as Sparrow Records. Sparrow was acquired by EMI in 1992. Formerly known as EMI Christian Music Group, Capitol CMG is a division of Capitol Music Group, which is now a Universal Music Group company. Over the years, the venture has grown from a scrappy family-owned independent music label to a multi-faceted business that includes Capitol CMG Label Group (Sparrow Records, ForeFront Records, sixstepsrecords, Hillsong and Credential Recordings), Capitol CMG Publishing, Motown Gospel and Capitol Christian Distribution.

The company's roster features top names in the Christian and gospel communities, among them Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Michael W. Smith, Hillsong United, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett, Britt Nicole, Crowder, Newsboys, Matt Redman, Tasha Cobbs, Sheri Jones-Moffett, Colton Dixon, Mandisa, Paul Porter, Matthew West, NF (Nathan Feuerstein), Kari Jobe, and Social Club Misfits.


  • Capitol Christian Distribution (formerly EMI CMG Distribution)
  • Capitol CMG Group (formerly EMI CMG Group)
  • Credential Recordings
  • ForeFront Records
  • Motown Gospel (formerly EMI Gospel)
  • Sparrow Records
  • Worship Together
  • EMI CMG Publishing
  • SoulStride Records
  • Hillsong Music Australia (distribution)
  • sixstepsrecords (distribution)
  • References

    Capitol Christian Music Group Wikipedia

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