Billy Ray Hearn

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Billy Ray Hearn

Billy Ray Hearn (April 26, 1929 – April 15, 2015) was the founder and chairman of the Capitol Christian Music Group (formerly EMI Christian Music Group) the world's largest religious music label.

In 1954, Billy Ray Hearn graduated from Baylor University with a degree in church music.

In 1972, Hearn started Myrrh Records, one of the first labels devoted to contemporary Christian music, at Word Inc., the label of Amy Grant. In 1976, he formed his own label, Sparrow Records, the label behind musicians Keith Green, John Michael Talbot, and Margaret Becker.

In 1992, Hearn sold Sparrow to EMI Music, the label of artists including Steven Curtis Chapman and BeBe & CeCe Winans.

Hearn was a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and in 1999 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gospel Music Association. Hearn was also founder and sponsor of the biannual Hearn Symposium on Christian Music at Baylor University.

Billy Ray Hearn passed away on April 15, 2015 as a result of complications from heart disease.

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April 16, 2015

Billy Ray Hearn, founder of Sparrow Records, and mentor for many of today's Christian label and industry leaders, has died at the age of 85. He died of complications from heart disease.

A member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Mr. Hearn helped launch modern-day Christian music labels in the 1970s, eventually becoming the founder of Capitol Christian Music Group, the world's largest Christian label.

Created by: Yianni D on 26-July-2010 - Last Edited by admin on 07-January-2016