Thursday, July 15, 2010
INTEGRITY MEDIA & COLUMBIA RECORDS EXTEND LONG-STANDING DEAL
New Long Term Agreement Includes Releases by MercyMe, Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe,And Other Top Contemporary Christian and Gospel Artists
New York, NY (July 12, 2010) - - It was announced in a special reception at the Sony Club in New York recently that Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment and Integrity Media will extend their long-standing business arrangement over the next five years. During the reception, Columbia Records Chairman Steve Barnett presented Integrity Media executives with a plaque commemorating over 10 million Integrity units in lifetime mainstream sales through Sony. (See photo/caption)
Over the course of the new agreement, Columbia Records will distribute releases on the Integrity Music and INO Records labels. The rosters are home to multi Platinum and multiple Grammy super-group Mercy Me, multiple Grammy Award winner Israel Houghton, best selling new artist Kari Jobe, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Lincoln Brewster, the million selling Gotta Have Gospel series and many others. Consequently Integrity Music will distribute key inspirational Columbia Records releases to Christian retailers including the new Susan Boyle Christmas album (November 2010) as well as new releases by platinum artist Mary Mary, Tye Tribett and others.
"There is a power and a joy that flows through Integrity's music that listeners really respond to," said Steve Barnett, Chairman, Columbia Records. "Columbia Records is proud to be part of Integrity's mission and on-going success as a guiding light in the contemporary Christian Music market."
"We are thrilled to renew our relationship with Steve Barnett and the Columbia Records team," said Michael Coleman, Integrity Media's CEO. "Our longstanding relationship with Sony has been a key driver in building the Integrity Music and INO Records brands in this strategic marketplace. We look forward to the next chapter with the Columbia Records/Sony Music team.
Picture Above: Columbia Records presents to Integrity Media a plaque in recognition of more than 10 million album sales since signing with Sony Music Entertainment in 2002.
Pictured from left to right: Steve Barnett (Chairman, Columbia Records); Danny McGuffey (Chief Marketing Officer, Integrity Media, Inc.); Mike Coleman (President/CEO, Integrity Media, Inc.); Ashley Newton (President, Columbia Records); Jeff Moseley (President, INO Records); John Coleman (VP, General Manager Integrity Label Group)