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September 4, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - September 04, 2012 - EMI CMG Distribution has recently signed a distribution agreement with Getty Music. The agreement includes exclusive physical retail distribution rights in North America in both Christian and General Market retail as well as exclusive worldwide rights for digital distribution. Getty Music is home to Irish singer/songwriters and recording artists Keith & Kristyn Getty, who are among the preeminent modern hymn writers of this generation.

Their songs have pioneered a new generation of modern hymns. One such hymn is "In Christ Alone," penned by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, a modern classic that has been recorded by numerous artists and is sung in churches around the globe. This renowned hymn has remained the most popular song for congregations throughout the UK for six years, among CCLI's top ten in North America, and has been honored by both the British Hymn Society and BBC Songs of Praise all time lists. Their hymns have also been recorded by artists throughout the world of music, from Irish musicians Moya Brenan and Anuna, contemporary Christian artists Natalie Grant, Newsboys, Tim Hughes and a recent online recording by multi-platinum artist Owl City.

"Keith & Kristyn Getty have a unique gift of crafting original, timeless hymns that have quickly become Church standards," shares Greg Bays, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EMI CMG Distribution. "We share their vision to impact the culture and serve the Church, and are excited to work with Keith and Kristyn and the entire Getty Music family to deliver their music to consumers and retailers around the world."

The first project released through this agreement with EMI CMG Distribution will be this fall on October 9 titled Hymns For The Christian Life and produced by Charlie Peacock (Amy Grant, Switchfoot, The Civil Wars) and Ed Cash (Steven Curtis Chapman, Kari Jobe, Chris Tomlin). This collection of original, modern hymns showcases traditional Irish melodies as well as American bluegrass and country influences.

Under the Getty Music label, Keith & Kristyn Getty have recorded two Dove-nominated albums: In Christ Alone (2007) and Awaken the Dawn (2009) and Joy-An Irish Christmas (2011). They have shared their music at the United States Pentagon, the GMA Dove Awards, Franklin Graham crusades, for President George W. Bush, at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and in the Royal Albert Hall in London. They have spoken at universities from Harvard to Wheaton and remain involved in conferences including the Lausanne Congress and The Gospel Coalition. Keith and Kristyn divide their time between Northern Ireland and their home in Nashville where they write, tour and oversee the work of Getty Music.

EMI CMG Distribution was founded in 1994 to serve as the main distribution outlet for EMI CMG's owned and distributed labels to the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Since this distribution division was launched, EMI CMG has had more charting titles annually on Billboard's Top Christian charts than any other Christian distributor and has been named Billboard Magazine's Top Christian Music Distributor 14 times since 1995. In addition to distributing EMI Christian Music Group's fully-owned labels, which include Sparrow, ForeFront, and Credential imprints, as well as EMI Gospel and Worship Together, EMI CMG Distribution has exclusive distribution agreements with BEC/Tooth & Nail, Centricity Records, Dream Records, Gaither Music Group, Green Hill Productions, Hal Leonard, Inpop, Hillsong, Kingsway Music, sixsteps records, Sonoma Music, Maranatha! Music, North Point Music, Spring Hill Music Group, Troubadour for the Lord, Universal Music Group, VSR Music Group, Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz, Creative Trust Media, Family Movie Night, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, Guardian Studios/Bananas, Jellyfish Labs, Millennium Media Services, Pure Flix Entertainment, Whitestone Media, Worthy Publishing, Authentic Publishers and many more. EMI CMG Distribution is a division of EMI Christian Music Group, a unit of EMI Music (, one of the world's leading music companies.

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