Port Washington, NY – January 4, 2005 - - KOCH Entertainment Distribution, the leading independent distributor of music, video and DVD, announced today an exclusive North American distribution deal with Christian/Gospel music label Alliant Music Group and its newly formed imprint Vertical Records.
Based in Nashville, Alliant Music Group was formed in 2000 by CEO and Gospel music veteran, producer and executive, Paul Wright III. Alliant Music Group has quickly become a leading force in Christian/Gospel concept music, and has produced multiple Dove Award and Stellar Award titles such as: Quiet Times Vol. 1-4, With This Ring Vol. 1 & 2, Reflections Vol. 1-4, and Kidz Shout, to name just a few. Alliant will continue their high- end success with the release of exciting new titles in 2005 which include: The Essence of Praise & Worship Vol. 1 & 2, Garden Meditations Vol. 1-4, and Hymns of The Church.
Alliant Music Group plans to release some of Gospel’s finest artists on its newly formed Vertical Records label in 2005. Artists include: Gospel Gangstaz, Claudius Craig & Loose The Familiar, as well as Bishop William Toney, just for starters. Forthcoming release highlights also include the debut of the highly anticipated Country music sensation Leesa Jordan, as well as the sophomore release of the smooth R&B group, Kloud 9, with many more talented artists to come.
Alliant will also release a special tribute to America in conjunction with Song Garden Music Group. The project will feature new songs, as well as classic patriotic favorites. This project features one of country music’s legendary groups, details to be officially announced soon.
"This is the era of the indie label, and we’re thrilled to align ourselves with KOCH Entertainment, the leader in distribution for independent artists and labels worldwide," says Paul Wright III, CEO and Founder of Alliant Music Group, "We look forward to continued growth in the market place and a very exciting future."
Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution adds, "Alliant is one of the great Christian/Gospel labels and we are very excited to continue our growth in this market with a label of this magnitude."
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KOCH Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent music and video company in the U.S. KOCH's operations encompass record and video labels and distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independents in both the U.S. and Canada and its record labels had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents in 2003/2004.
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