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Capitol Christian Music Group
Capitol Christian Music Group logo
Parent companyEMI (1992–2013)
Universal Music Group (2013–present)
FounderBilly Ray Hearn
Distributor(s)Capitol Music Group
(in North America)
Virgin EMI Records
(in the United Kingdom)
GenreChristian music, contemporary Christian music, Christian rock, gospel
Country of originUnited States
LocationBrentwood, U.S.

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. Capitol CMG is in the Christian Gospel music industry.[1]

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, Jeremy Camp, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Matt Redman, Matthew West, and CeCe Winans.


The music group was founded by Billy Ray Hearn in February 1976 as Sparrow Records. Sparrow was acquired by EMI in 1992.[2] 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 (formerly EMI Gospel) and Capitol Christian Distribution.

The company's roster features names in the Christian and gospel communities, among them Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Michael W. Smith, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett, Britt Nicole, Crowder, Newsboys, Matt Redman, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Sheri Jones-Moffett, Colton Dixon, Brian Courtney Wilson, Mandisa, Paul Porter, Matthew West, Kari Jobe, The Young Escape, Merry Clayton, Riley Clemmons 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
  • Capitol CMG Publishing[3]
    • Brentwood-Benson[4]
    • Meadowgreen Music[5]
  • Hillsong Music (distribution)
  • sixstepsrecords (distribution)

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