Major Southern Record Labels

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.