Gospel music has become incredibly popular for a number of years in the United States, and
there are definitely some artists who are more well-known than others. While some people may
consider southern gospel music a relic of the past, the fact is that it’s still very much alive and
well, especially in the south.

Marvin Sapp is one of the most popular and prolific southern gospel musicians today. He began
his career back in 1991 and it has only gained momentum since them. Sapp has won a number of
awards over the span of his career, including Best Gospel Artist for 2008 and 2010. He has also
won the Male Vocalist of the Year award in 2008 and Artist of the Year in 2009.
Donnie McClurkin is another famous and beloved southern gospel singer. He started singing
gospel in 1996 and his career is still going strong today. He has made a total of four records,
including a self-titled album in 1996, “Again” in 2003, “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs” in
2004, and “Duets” in 2014.

Kirk Franklin is a southern Christian hip hop artist who belongs to Sparrow Records. He has
been active since 1992 and has put out many different albums throughout the years. Some of the
albums Franklin has released has been under the name “Kirk Franklin and The Family” while
others are pure solo albums. He has definitely brought quite a bit of innovation to the southern
gospel music genre, and he is widely respected for doing so.
Cece Winans has been singing gospel music since 1984. She has sold over 12 million records
worldwide and currently has a total of ten Grammy Awards. She is the best-selling female gospel
artist in the world. While she has collaborated with a number of artists over the years, her solo
albums have been incredibly successful. She has released eight solo albums; the first one came
out in 1995.

Southern gospel music has been a very popular genre of music for many years now, and it’s still
one of America’s favorite types of music.

There are a lot of different southern music record labels, but some of them are bigger than others. If you are a fan of country or gospel music, you will definitely be interested to know a little bit more about some of these labels.

BNA Records/Columbia Nashville

BNA Records, which used to be known as BNA Entertainment, was founded in 1991 and is based in Nashville Tennessee. It is now part of Columbia Nashville. Some of the artists on this label include Kenny Chesney, Kellie Pickler, Lonestar and Mindy McCready. It a country music label that has had great success with many talented artists over the years.

Arista Nashville

Arista Nashville is another huge record label with a lot of well-known country musicians on it, including Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and even Carry Underwood. This label used to have three sister labels, namely Career Records, Arista Austin and Arista Latin. It used to be a subsidiary of Arista Records, and it is still a part of the Sony Music record label. This southern music record label was founded back in 1989, and it is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Broken Bow Records

Headquartered in Nashville, Broken Bow Records is an independent record label that was originally founded in 1999 by Benny Brown. Some of the different artists on this particular record label include Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, Thompson Square and Randy Houser.  It has a sister label called Stoney Creek Records. It partnered with RED Distribution to form Red Bow Records. It was officially acquired by BMG Rights Management in February of 2017.

UMG Nashville

UMG Nashville is definitely one of the biggest southern record labels in the United States. This label is a country music subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Its origins go back all the way to 1945, when it was MCA Nashville. Today there are a number of different popular country musicians on this label, including George Strait, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton and Shania Twain.

Southern Records

Southern Records, which was formed in 1992, has had a number of different country and gospel musicians on its label over the years. Some of the more noteworthy southern musicians who have been on this label since its formation include Bell Gardens, Geoff Farina, Glorytellers, Billy Mahonie, Trencher, The Lapse and many others.

You will find that today there are only a handful of major southern music labels, and most of them have been around for at least twenty years. Despite what many people believe, some of the most popular country musicians of today are spread across a few different labels. These music labels have maintained a reputation for finding extraordinary talent with regards to the country and gospel music genres.