Essential Records is a Contemporary Christian record label based in Franklin, Tennessee. It is a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
Established in 1992, and acquired by Brentwood Music in 1993, the label's first big hit release was Flood by Jars of Clay in 1996. The song was a hit on mainstream radio before hitting on Christian formats; it hit #12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and appeared in the Hot 100.
Today Essential Records is part of the Provident Label Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
Sublabels: Sublime Records, Watershed Records .
The current roster of artists: Anddy Cherry, Building 429, Elevation Worship, Fireflight, Leeland, Matt Maher, The Neverclai, One Sonic Society, Red, Revive, The Royal Royal, Royal Tailor, Third Day, Rhett Walker Band, and many others.