Tooth & Nail Records

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Tooth & Nail Records
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Founded 1993 (1993)
Founder Brandon Ebel
Distributor(s) Capitol Christian Music Group (US; 1994-2013)
RED (US; 2013-present)
Sony Music (Worldwide)
Diamante Music Group (former)
Genre Christian rock, Christian alternative rock, Christian metal, Christian punk
Country of origin United States
Location Seattle, Washington
Official website

Tooth & Nail Records is a Christian rock record label[1] founded by Brandon Ebel in California in November 1993. The label later moved to Seattle, Washington where it is situated today. It has been home to many well-known musical acts, including Underoath, Hawk Nelson, Emery, The Almost, FM Static, Family Force 5, and MxPx.

Tooth & Nail's first album released was Wish for Eden's Pet the Fish,[2] which was produced by Michael Knott and originally slated to be released by Blonde Vinyl. Subsequent releases from The Juliana Theory, MxPx, and Starflyer 59 made Tooth & Nail a strong force in Christian music circles, as well as a niche underground subculture in itself. Prior to forming Tooth & Nail, Ebel worked for the Christian label Frontline.[3]


Eight Tooth & Nail-affiliated albums have been RIAA-certified as Gold for sales of 500,000 or more copies. The label saw one of its greatest successes when Underoath's Define the Great Line debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2006.[4]

The label also released a limited edition hard cover book, with the proceeds going to benefit Music Cares.[5]

RIAA gold certifications

Artist Album
Jeremy Camp Carried Me: The Worship Project
Beyond Measure
There Will Be a Day[6]
Underoath Define the Great Line
They're Only Chasing Safety
Kutless Strong Tower
MxPx Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo

Nominations and awards

Year Artist Album / Song Award Result / Category Other
2006 Norma Jean O God, the Aftermath Grammy Nominated - Best Recording Package Solid State Records
2007 Fair The Best Worst-Case Scenario Grammy Nominated - Best Recording Package
Underoath "Writing on the Walls" Grammy Nominated - Best Short Form Music Video Solid State Records/Tooth & Nail Records
2008 The Fold Secrets Keep You Sick Grammy Nominated - Best Recording Package
2009 Hawk Nelson Hawk Nelson Is My Friend Grammy Nominated - Best Recording Package BEC Recordings/Tooth & Nail Records
Jeremy Camp Speaking Louder Than Before Grammy Nominated - Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album BEC Recordings
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation Grammy Nominated - Best Recording Package Solid State Records


Tooth & Nail contains multiple imprints, each catering to a different genre of music:

On March 13, 2013 it was announced that Brandon Ebel had sold the entire Tooth & Nail music catalog to Capitol Christian Music Group (formerly EMI Christian Music Group) and by doing so was able to buy back the 50% stake in Tooth & Nail formerly owned by EMI making it an independent record label. It will retain the rights to all future releases with a new distributor, RED Distribution.[8]

Label artists



Former: active

Former: disbanded

Former: On hiatus or inactive

See also


  1. ^ "Capitol Christian Music Group Completes Acquisition of Tooth & Nail's Catalog, T&N to Re-Launch". Billboard. March 13, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Brown, Bruce A. (February 1994). "R.E.X.". CCM Magazine. 16 (8): 12. 
  3. ^ a b c Bonham, Chad (May–June 1998). "Tooth & Nail". 7ball (18): 22–25. ISSN 1082-3980. 
  4. ^ "Underoath – Define the Great Line". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tooth & Nail celebrates 20 years". CBA. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  6. ^[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Tooth & Nail Records". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-08-17. 
  8. ^ "CCMG Purchases Tooth & Nail Catalog". Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ Tooth & Nail. "Tooth & Nail - Artists". Tooth & Nail Records. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Interview with A&R Chad Johnson, HitQuarters Oct 2006
  • A list of past Tooth & Nail artists
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