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Ralph Carmichael - Andraé Crouch
Light Records
HISTORY: THE BEGINNINGS
The purchase of Sacred Records by Word Records in 1963 brought Ralph Carmichael to the Word family of artists. Not only had Carmichael orchestrated many albums for the Sacred and Christian Faith labels, but he also had arranged and/or conducted for such popular recording artists as Nat King Cole, pianist Roger Williams, Peggy Lee, Stan Kenton, Sue Raney, Jack Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Tex Ritter and others.
Popular music is defined as the music of the people. So why not use popular music vehicles to more effectively carry the Gospel message to younger generations who liked contemporary music? But the Word label was conservative.
So in 1966, he made a proposal to Word’s Jarrell McCracken to partner with him in a joint venture to create a new contemporary Christian label and music publishing company. McCracken accepted the idea, and Light Records and Lexicon Music were born. Carmichael, who lives in Southern California, would provide the music; Word in Waco, Texas, the publishing and distribution.
Early artists on Light included daughter Kim (Carol) Carmichael, the Carmichael Young People, Ralph Carmichael’s 102 Strings, Jimmy Durante (originally orchestrated by Ralph Carmichael and released by Warner Bros. Records in 1967), Sue Raney, and Thurl Ravenscroft  (the voice of Tony the Tiger in cereal commercials).
Carmichael took Light into Black Gospel music early with the signing of Andraé Crouch & the Disciples in 1968. Other gospel artists on Light included the Winans, Walter Hawkins and Bob Bailey
Andrae Crouch and Ralph Carmichael
Contemporary Light artists included the Allies, Bryan Duncan, Ressurection Band, Sweet Comfort Band.
In 1974, Word, Inc. was sold to ABC.
In June of 1980, Carmichael bought Word's half of Lexicon/Light from ABC/Capitol Cities, and Light had an address in Newbury Park, California.
In 1982, Billboard reported that Light Records was sold by Ralph Carmichael to John Ward, an Orange County, California developer, with Carmichael remaining as President. That provided additional capital for the label, and freed Carmichael from business matters to concentrate on the music.

Light Records is a division of eOne Music.
eOne Music is a part of Entertainment One, an international entertainment media company.
e-Mail Contact: lightstreet@lightrecords.com
Web Site: www.lightrecords.com
Light Records does not currently accept unsolicited demos.
Current artists include Coko Clemons, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Shirley Caesar, Bishop Paul Morton, Paul Porter, Ricky Dillard, Dorinda Clark Cole, Jessica Reedy.
Current Music Genre: Black Gospel

In 1993, Platinum Entertainment acquired Light Records which was now in bankruptcy.
In 2001, Platinum Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.
In January 2002, Light Records was reborn as a Black Gospel label when Platinum emerged from bankruptcy as Compendia Music Group.
In December 2004, Sheridan Square Entertainment acquired Compendia Music Group.
In April 2009, IndieBlu Music Holdings was formed with the acquisition of the assets of Sheridan Square Entertainment and its affiliates in a UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) foreclosure auction.
In May 2010, Entertainment One, an international entertainment media company with operations in Canada, the UK, the Benelux, and the United States, plus distribution agreements in France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, purchased IndieBlu Music, including the Light label.
In November 2010, eOne Music Nashville was formed by Entertainment One Music, a division of Entertainment One, as an umbrella for 5 distinct operating groups: Light Records, the company’s Black Gospel music label, eOne Christian Music, which specializes in contemporary Christian music, and eOne Music Nashville focusing on Americana, country, and regional-based music. In addition to the music labels, eOne Music Licensing is responsible for all synch and third party master use licensing for all of eOne’s music assets and eOne Music Publishing licenses and administrates all of eOne’s musical compositions.

External Links:   Light Records Discography  |   eOne Music

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