Gotee Records

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Gotee Records
Gotee Records Logo.png
Founded 1994 (1994)
Founder Toby "TobyMac" McKeehan, Todd Collins, Joey Elwood
Distributor(s) EMI Christian Music Group 1994–2008
Warner Bros. 2008–2012
Gotee 2012–
Genre Pop rock, contemporary Christian music, Christian rap, Christian rock
Country of origin United States
Location Franklin, Tennessee
Official website

Gotee Records is a record label founded by Christian hip hop performer Toby McKeehan (known professionally as TobyMac), Todd Collins, and Joey Elwood.[1] The label began as a production company. At the time of the label's founding, McKeehan was a member of dc Talk.

Formation of Gotee

McKeehan and Collins intended to produce Out of Eden's Lovin' the Day, but they couldn't find a label to sign the act to, and so formed Gotee Records and began distributing the band's material on their own.[1] The label was a part of EMI Christian Music Group. However, they bought back EMI's minority share to become fully independent again as of March 31, 2008.[2] Toby McKeehan is currently the president of the company and as of 2009, the label is currently distributed by Warner Bros. Records.

McKeehan got the name "Gotee" from the song "Socially Acceptable" on dc Talk's album Free at Last. A member of the band GRITS was doing the background vocals, and he was saying, "Let it go, T, let it go." ("T" refers to Toby). McKeehan happened to be growing a goatee on his face at the time, and when Mark Heimermann pointed out the coincidence, he decided to name his new record company, "Gotee Records".

However, McKeehan does not publish his own albums under this title; instead he publishes his own records under the same label dc Talk was signed to, ForeFront Records. He owns the name the Gotee Bros.

In May 2015 Gotee was acquired by Zealot Networks. Zealot's Nashville office is headed by former Gotee artist John Reuben. As part of the acquisition Gotee is still operated independently.[3]


Current artists

Former artists


  • Gotee Records presents: Showcase
  • We Are Hip Hope
  • Freaked! A Tribute to dc Talk's Jesus Freak
  • Gotee Records Freshman Class 2000
  • Gotee Records: The Soundtrack
  • Ten Years Brand New
  • Gotee Night Out
  • Hip Hope Hits collection[4]
  • Tis the Season to be Gotee
  • Tis the Season to be Gotee Too

See also


  1. ^ a b Price, Deborah Evans (December 7, 1996). "Gotee grows into Christian boutique". Billboard Magazine. 108 (49): 11–13.
  2. ^ Gotee Records Now Fully Independent Company
  3. ^ "NEWS: Zealot Networks Acquires Gotee Records". The Gospel Music Association. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Various Artists Hip Hope Hits 2009". Jesus Freak Hideout, 02/07/2009, written by Scott Fryberger

External links

  • Official website
  • Gotee Records Photo Group on Flickr Pictures of Gotee artists in concert, with fans, backstage, etc.
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