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Sparrow Records
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Parent company EMI CMG
Founded 1976
Founder Billy Ray Hearn
Genre Worship, Christian, Rock, Rap, Gospel, R&B
Country of origin USA
Official Website

Sparrow Records is a popular Christian music record label; a division of EMI. Sparrow Records was founded in 1976 by Billy Ray Hearn, then A&R director at Myrrh Records.[1] Purchased by EMI in 1992, it is now part of the EMI Christian Music Group,[2] and has been named by Billboard Magazine as "America's Best Christian Music Record Label".[citation needed] Sparrow Records immediately rose to significant prominence with the signing of singer, songwriter, Contemporary Christian musician and minister Keith Green. Within a year of his 1976 signing by Sparrow, Keith Green was the top selling Christian artist in America.

As of 2009, Sparrow features many of Contemporary Christian Music's popular and up-and-coming artists, including 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 Hits CCM 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 Worship music. These compilations can be found in practically any popular music store. The WOW Worship series, once only focused on worship music, now also includes Christian hits in rock, rap, gospel, and R&B music as well.


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  1. ^ Mount, Daniel J. (2005). A City on a Hilltop? The History of Contemporary Christian Music. pp. 48–50, 53. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  2. ^ Hendershot, Heather (2004). "Why Should the Devil Have all the Good Music? Christian Music and the Secular Marketplace". Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. pp. 56. ISBN 0-226-32679-9. 

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