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Originally formed by Brandon Ebel in California in 1993, before eventually relocating to Seattle, Washington, Tooth & Nail Records was formed to distribute music from the budding Christian rock, punk and indie genres. In 1996, Tooth & Nail's first sub-label, Solid State Records, was formed, as a home for the heavier acts on Tooth & Nail's roster. Another sub-label focusing on Contemporary Christian Music, BEC Recordings, formed in 1997.
In 1998, Tooth & Nail formed a partnership to distribute releases for Plastiq Musiq, a independent label geared toward electronic and techno music. 1999 saw the creation of Uprok Records, a hip hop label brought on to compete with major Christian hip hop label Gotee Records. That same year saw the end of the Tooth & Nail/Plastiq Musiq partnership. In 2000, EMI Christian Music Group bought a 50% stake in Tooth & Nail and all its subsidiaries.
In 2002, Tooth & Nail acquired the catalog of independent label Takehold Records. This acquisition also brought a number of new artists to the Tooth & Nail roster, most notably Underoath. Underoath would give the label it's most successful release to date, when 2006's "Define the Great Line" peaked at number 2 on Billboard Magazine's "Billboard 200 " music chart. In 2008, Tooth & Nail quietly launched Fugitive Recordings, a label geared towards distributing music to the secular market, most notably releases by alternative rock group The Presidents of the United States of America.
In March 2013, owner/founder Brandon Ebel sold the entire Tooth & Nail Records music catalog to the Capital Christian Music Group, at the same time buying out the 50% stake in the company owned by the EMI Christian Music Group, making Tooth & Nail Records independent once again. This sale also allows Tooth & Nail to retain all rights to any future releases.