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Frontline Records

P.O. Box 28450
Santa Ana, CA, 92799
United States
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Christian Rock/Metal
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Meis Music Group
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Founded by James Kempner. The label officially took flight with the signing of local bands from the Orange County, California area. In that first year, Frontline released sixteen albums. In 1986, the company signed a distribution deal with Nashville-based Benson Records to tap into its extensive sales force and distribution through Zondervan Music. Frontline Records soon transitioned to Frontline Music Group (FMG), allowing the company to create different sub-labels to promote its growing and diverse roster of alternative, punk, dance, pop, rock, gospel, metal, rap and hip-hop artists.

Frontline saw growth from 1986-1991, where the company dominated, especially Christian media outlets and radio. In 1992, Kempner and his executive staff decided not to renew its distribution deal with Benson and instead hired its own sales force and signed an independent distribution deal to garner more control over its own brands. Initially the move seemed to be working, but soon FMG started showing signs of losing momentum. The financial requirements to sustain itself were greater than expected. Even though some new artists were signed, most notably Angie & Debbie Winans, Gary V., and Carol Huston, the label spiraled downward until it could no longer keep afloat and by the mid-'90s it closed its doors.

Their catalog was acquired in 1998 by Nashville, TN's KMG Records (Killen Music Group), but that label collapsed in 2002. It was then bought by Meis Music Group in 2010, who also bought Killen Music Group and related KMG Records label.

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