Frontline

Frontline

Frontline Records was a dynamic and progressive Christian record label founded in 1985 by James Kempner. Kempner had a background in concert promotion and was the primary Saturday night concert evangelist at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa in the late 1970s. Frontline Records became an important label in the development of the West Coast Christian alternative music scene. Their roster included what 7ball magazine would later refer to as "truly classic alternative, rap, metal, and rock music” and HM editor Doug Van Pelt would call "the lion's share" of classic hard Christian music.

The label officially took flight by the signing of local bands from the Orange County California area. In that first year Frontline released 16 records. In 1986 the company signed a distribution deal with Nashville based Benson Records to tap into their 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 their growing and diverse roster of alternative, punk, dance, pop, rock, gospel, metal, rap and hip-hop artists.

Frontline handled mainstream pop and rock artists such as Crystal Lewis, Idle Cure, Jon Gibson, Altar Boys, Shout and Rick Elias. Alarma Records was created to feature alternative music acts like Mad At The World, Jacob’s Trouble, The Swirling Eddies and Poor Old Lu. It’s sister label, Alarma World, was home to international-based acts like Edin-Adahl and Walk On Water. Intense Records housed metal based stalwarts Tourniquet, Bloodgood, Sacred Warrior and Deliverance. Myx Records was a dance/hip hop label headed by former New York club DJ Scott Blackwell and represented many of Blackwell’s own creations and other rap/hip hop artists like the Gospel Gangstaz, P.I.D. and D-Boy.

Frontline saw massive growth from 1986-1991 where the company especially dominated Christian media outlets and radio airwaves. 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 its momentum. The financial requirements to sustain itself were greater than expected. Even though some new artists were signed, most notably Angie and Debbie Winans, Gary V and Carole Huston, the label spiraled down until it could no longer keep itself afloat and by the mid-90s closed its doors.

FMG and all of its assets were acquired by Nashville based record producer and publisher, William “Buddy” Killen, under Killen Music Group in 1998. KMG released double CDs to infuse the marketplace with the top-selling Frontline artists. Things went well until 2002 when Diamante, the distributor for KMG Records, folded and the label went down with it. Buddy passed away in Novemer 2006 of cancer. In 2010 Carolyn Killen, Executrix of his Estate, sold the Frontline publishing catalog to Meis Music Group; and in 2011, the KMG, Frontline and Damascus Road Records master recordings.

Meis Music Group was founded by president, Adel Meisenheimer, music publishing and record label administration specialist since 1979. Back in 1998 Buddy contracted Adel to manage licensing and royalties for KMG records and its publishing affiliates when he purchsed FMG assets. Meis Music Group serves over 100 artists who recorded approximately 300 albums.

Track Listing

1.

The First Noel

2.

It's Not About Santa

3.

Angels We Have Heard On High 1

4.

O Come All Ye Faithful (feat. Ojo)

5.

Room in Your Heart

6.

Snowball Fight

7.

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

8.

Christmas Lullaby

9.

Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming

10.

Angels, From The Realms Of Glory

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Frontline & Friends Christmas Sampler

Originally Released: 2011

FRONTLINE & Friends Christmas Sampler is a collection of Christmas tunes from the Meis Music Group vault featuring selections from Scott Blackwell’s A Myx’d Christmas, Bunch Of Believers’ Ska la-la-la-la, Lanny Cordola’s Blues For The Child, Hymmersion and BAI artists’ The Broken Christmas.

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1.

Attitude Of Gratitude / Mark Farner

2.

Gratitude / U.C.L.A Gospel Choir

3.

I Give This Life to You / David Za!ro

4.

You Amaze Me / Rhonda Gunn

5.

Born To Praise Him / Debbie McClendon

6.

Happy To Know Jesus / Jon Gibson

7.

All For You / Jacob's Trouble

8.

Only Your Love / Rick Elias

9.

See Me Fall / Life Savers

10.

Thank You Lord / Lanny Cordola

11.

Praise Him If You Love Him / Sanctuary Praise

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Frontline Gratitude

Originally Released: 2012

This collection, though quite diverse artistically, has at its core a common thread. Each song represents a heart filled with gratitude and thanksgiving toward a loving God who does so many things on our behalf. Recapture those moments when you realized who He is and what He has done for you.

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1.

If God Be For Us / Ucla Gospel Choir

2.

Oh Jesus Loves Me / Nicole C. Mullen

3.

Amazing Grace / Bernard Wright

4.

Love Stays / Angie Winans & Debbie Winans

5.

Arms Still Open / Nicole C. Mullen

6.

Glory To His Name / Bernard Wright

7.

Why Won't You Let Me Love You / Angie Winans & Debbie Winans

8.

Wanna Be Ready / Washington

9.

Backslider / Gospel Gangstaz

10.

Long As I Live / UCLA Gospel Choir (Feat. Gospel Gangstaz)

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Frontline Gospel

Originally Released: 2012

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Track Listing

1.

Door Into Summer - Jacob's Trouble

2.

Pay for Surf - Daniel Amos

3.

Ed Takes a Vacation (A Suite) - Swirling Eddies

4.

Scenic Routes - Lost Dogs

5.

A Good Sailor Knows - Insyderz

6.

Hello Sunny Weather - Poor Old Lu

7.

Sail Away - Angelica

8.

The Net - Lost Dogs

9.

We Live for the Son - Life Savers

10.

Summer Children - Crumbacher-Duke

11.

Wind and Wave - Jacob's Trouble

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Frontline Rockin' Summer

Originally Released: 2012

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1.

America - Bloodgood

2.

A Freedom’s Worth Fighting For - Mike Stand

3.

For The Love Of My Country - Poor Old Lu

4.

American Made - American Made

5.

American Standard - Every Day Life

6.

U.S.A. - Dead Artist Syndrome

7.

Red, White And Blue - The Lost Dogs

8.

Pray In The USA - Morgan Cryar

9.

Memorial Song - The Insyderz

10.

Lay Our Weapons Down - Liaison

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America Rocks

Originally Released: 2012

America Rocks is a delicious assortment of arena rock, metal, alternative, punk and much more served up from some of Christian music’s best names from the 80’s and 90’s. The common thread of American pride ties it all together. Whether it’s a rally cry or a pointed finger, these songs reflect a poignant social awareness of America that challenges the listener …all wrapped in some incredible rock music!

The collection kicks off with “America” by Christian Music Hall of Fame inductees Bloodgood, and finishes with a radio favorite band Liaison, pleading with us to “Lay Our Weapons Down”. “Pray In the USA” is the most requested song by #1 chart topper, Morgan Cryar. Also includes the infectious alternative sounds of Poor Old Lu, Mike Stand of the legendary Altar Boys and Dove award winner, The Insyderz. This set will be ear candy to any hard music fan because no one rocks like America Rocks.

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Track Listing

1.

Holy, Holy, Holy - Sacred Warrior

2.

He Died - Sacred Warrior

3.

Holy Fire - Bloodgood

4.

Holy Mountain - Idle Cure

5.

Glorify The Lamb - Rhonda Gunn

6.

Alive! - Recon

7.

He Lives - Liaison

8.

The Cross Was His Own - Veil of Ashes

9.

The Messiah - Bloodgood

10.

The 10th Song (I Remember You) - Adam Again

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Frontline Risen

Originally Released: 2012

This collection includes music from rock, metal and alternative artists focused on the Resurrection of Christ. It kicks off with the powerful “Holy, Holy, Holy” by Sacred Warrior and closes with a haunting Adam Again title, “The 10th Song (I Remember You)”. Other contributors to this theme are Bloodgood, Idle Cure, Recon, Veil of Ashes and Liaison.

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Track Listing

1.

Silent Night

2.

Everybody Sing A Christmas Song

3.

Lay Our Weapons Down

4.

Mary's Eyes

5.

Theme For A Child

6.

Blues For The Child

7.

The First Noel

8.

Angels We Have Heard On High

9.

O Come, O Come Immanuel

10.

Wexford Carol

11.

Emmanuel

12.

Christmas

13.

Silent Night

14.

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

15.

What a Wonderful Night

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Frontline Presents... Christmas

Originally Released: 2013

This 15-track collection features contemporary Christian music trendsetters performing assorted Christmas songs, including Jon Gibson’s “Everybody Sing a Christmas Song”, rockin’ versions of “Silent Night” by Deliverance and Altar Boys, mellow arrangements of traditional carols by Lanny Cordola from his “Blues For The Child” album, and selections from the classic, “The Broken Christmas” album produced by Gene Eugene and Ojo Taylor, among others. This album is sure to rock your holiday spirit!

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1.

Fall

2.

Stand and Fall

3.

Fall 4

4.

My World Falls Down

5.

Falling Forward

6.

See the Man Fall

7.

You Can Fall in Love

8.

Falling

9.

Fallen

10.

Why Buildings Fall Down

11.

Before the Fall

12.

Watch Me Fall

13.

Fallen World

14.

See Me Fall

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FALL

Originally Released: 2013

Compilation producer, Brian Healy (of Dead Artist Syndrome), peered into the Frontline Records vault to seek out songs that express the ups and downs of life, love and faith. This diverse offering features artists who have topped the music charts, won multiple industry awards and achieved high levels of critical acclaim.

Stylistically this project runs the spectrum of genres from rock to alternative to pop-dance. These songs are purposefully sequenced to provide the listener with a roller coaster of emotion. Folks can fall in love all over again with these legacy artists.

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Track Listing

1.

Eat the Flesh - Bloodgood

2.

Crucify - Bloodgood

3.

Blood Sacrifice - Mortification

4.

Human Sacrifice - Vengeance Rising

5.

Fill This Place with Blood - Vengeance Rising

6.

Flesh and Blood - Deliverance

7.

Sacrificium - Randy Rose

8.

Bathed in Blood - Mortification

9.

All over Me - Die Happy

10.

The Messiah - Bloodgood

11.

From the Dead - Vengeance Rising

12.

Victory - Deliverance

13.

Live Wire - Bloodgood

14.

There's Only One Hero - Angelica

15.

Alive! - Recon

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Frontline Presents: The Passion

Originally Released: 2014

The Passion begins with landmark Christian artist, Bloodgood, ushering us into the remembrance of the Last Supper with “Eat The Flesh” before retelling Christ’s arrest from the viewpoint of Pontius Pilate through their hit, “Crucify.” Perhaps the heaviest of all Christian metal bands, Mortification, and Vengeance Rising evoke a true emotional response to the Lord’s suffering with “Blood Sacrifice,” “Human Sacrifice,” and “Fill This Place With Blood.” Deliverance, Randy Rose (of Mad at The World), and Die Happy (formed by members of Vengeance Rising) make their contributions to this heavy subject before Bloodgood moves us forward to celebrate the Resurrection with “The Messiah.” Angelica and Recon bring The Passion to a close with a shout of victory with “There’s Only One Hero” and “Alive!”

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Track Listing

1.

Jesus Loves Ya - Jon Gibson

2.

Light Of Love - Angie & Debbie Winans

3.

You've Gotta Love Somebody - Jon Gibson

4.

Promises Of Love - Tim Miner

5.

Simply A Fanatic - Angie & Debbie Winans

6.

Wouldn't Change A Thing - Tim Miner

7.

Love Me Still - Tim Miner

8.

You Are The One - Jon Gibson

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Love Found

Originally Released: 2015

Although most people think of February 14th as a day to acknowledge romantic love, it has faith roots. Historians claim St. Valentine was imprisoned for performing forbidden weddings and ministering to persecuted Christians. Love Found begins with Jon Gibson’s “Jesus Loves Ya,” capturing the heart behind these compilations. Listeners will hear from Angie and Debbie Winans who’ve been touched by the “Light Of Love,” and Tim Miner who soulfully sings to the Lord in “Love Me Still.” The album closes with Jon Gibson’s “You Are The One,” a danceable love song to the One who “makes our world go ‘round.”

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Track Listing

1.

Friend In You - Jon Gibson

2.

Love All The Hurt Away - Tim Miner

3.

Love Stays - Angie & Debbie Winans

4.

Need Somebody - Angie Alan

5.

Too Bad She Didn't Want Me - Benny Hester

6.

I Wait Alone - David Zaffiro

7.

Who Can Heal The Pain - Liaison

8.

When You Lose Someone You Love - Rick Elias

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Love Actually

Originally Released: 2015

Because of the current romantic love emphasis on Valentine’s Day, those who are not in a relationship can feel… well… lonely. Though you may not have heard much about it, celebrating Single Awareness Day has grown in popularity. Love Actually features a number of Christian artists who share their experiences with heartbreak and loneliness. With titles like “Too Bad She Didn’t Want Me,” (Benny Hester) “I Wait Alone,” (David Zaffiro) “When You Lose Someone You Love,” (Rick Elias) and “Who Can Heal The Pain,” (Liaison), the SAD compilation will provide plenty of sentiment for those who need the God of all comfort this season.

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