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Entertainment One Music is also home to a variety of sub-labels across many genres including our in-house gospel label Light Records and Broadway leader DRG Records.
Since 1966, Light Records has been synonymous with the best in Gospel music. Originally launched in the mid-sixties Light Records has served as a pioneering force for many of today’s Gospel legends. The independent label has helped catapult the careers of Andre Crouch, Walter Hawkins, The Winans, and Commissioned.
Started by Ralph Carmichael, Light Records in conjunction with Word Records compiled a repertoire of artists that would eventually take Gospel music from Church to mainstream. In 1968, Light Records signed Andrae Crouch, one of the most influential artists in Gospel music. With timeless hits like “My Tribute”, “Jesus is the Answer”, “Soon and Very Soon”, and “Take Me Back”, Crouch further established Light Records as a Gospel powerhouse. While the popular imprint was immensely successful musically, in the mid-eighties, Carmichael and Light Records were forced to cease day-to-day operations.
In 2001, after a nearly twenty year hiatus Light re-emerged onto the Gospel music scene with the signing of Youthful Praise featuring JJ Hairston, followed by Rizen, Shirley Caesar, and Bishop Paul S. Morton.
In May 2010, the label was purchased by the Canadian media company Entertainment One. With an affluent roster of James Fortune & FIYA, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Shirley Caesar, Coko (of SWV), Youthful Praise, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Jessica Reedy, Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child), Ricky Dillard, and Paul Porter (of the Christianaires), the label has solidified its position.
Over the last decade, Light Records has built a burgeoning roster of artists that has secured their footing in the industry. Light Records has navigated its way across the Billboard charts, created immense radio success with hits like Bishop Morton’s “Let It Rain”, Shirley Caesar’s “I Know The Truth”, and Youthful Praise’s “Incredible God”, and been recognized among industry peers through a host of awards and acknowledgements.
Stay tuned as Light Records continues to make history.
Since 1976, DRG Records has been a leader in Broadway cast recordings, film soundtracks, jazz and legendary cabaret performers. Recently, DRG has taken on a large-scale venture in releasing long-out-of-print & first-time-on-CD releases. The label has received numerous Grammy Awards and nominations for its cast recordings and vocalists. DRG is a division of eOne Music, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. For more information on the labels and roster of artists, please visit www.drgrecords.com.