Maranatha! Music has become synonymous with Christian music today. The label is a pioneer in praise and worship music publishing. Each year, Maranatha! is dedicated to introducing new songs and promoting its classics to the church through song publishing, music in stores and church leadership training. Maranatha! Music shepherds the “Jesus Music” of today by serving the church with the song of faith. Best known for the Praise Series, Praise Band Series, and Top 25 Series; Maranatha! Music has sold more than 30 million records worldwide.
THE EARLY DAYS
Maranatha! Music was founded in 1971 by Chuck Smith Sr. of Calvary Chapel to promote the “Jesus Music” his young hippie followers were writing and singing up and down the California coast. In the early years, Maranatha! Music signed artists because of their passionate profession of faith through music. These songs became the seminal calling card of the worship music genre of that time and belonged to the Maranatha! song catalog. Back then, these songs were on the fringe of what the established church felt was appropriate for church music but they were being sung by millions of young people around the world.
MARANATHA! MUSIC – THE SONG PUBLISHER
Today, Maranatha! has become the most recognized and trusted name in churches across the nation and around the world. Those ‘70’s songs, considered edgy and trend-setting back then, are now some of the most beloved worship songs from the last three decades.
The Maranatha! Music legacy is founded on the label’s rich history of expanding their song catalog by discovering and launching well-crafted new songs of faith. Even up through today, powerful worship that resonates with worshippers worldwide from Maranatha! is being catapulted into the church’s enduring worship repertoire as part of their weekly service offerings.
As a result, the Maranatha! Music “Dove” is one of the most widely recognized brands in the world. Every week, multiple millions of Christians see the Maranatha! name on overheads and bulletins as they sing these precious songs.
MARANATHA! MUSIC – THE MUSIC LABEL
Maranatha! Music reaches out beyond the church by selling CDs and DVDs featuring these songs in retail outlets like Family Christian Stores, Lifeway Stores, Walmart and Target stores, and online everywhere to the faith-based market. Believers become equipped to take their corporate worship experience from the pulpit to the home front by incorporating these worship resources into their personal daily devotions and meditations.
MARANATHA! MUSIC – THE TRAINING & TEACHING RESOURCE
In 2008, Maranatha! Music will reactivate their participation in live arena and stadium events held across the nation through new partnerships with internationally recognized faith-based movements.
In the early 90’s, Maranatha! Music was the only organization to offer workshops across the nation for church leaders from all denominations to come and gain depth and greater accessibility to Maranatha!’s song catalog through exclusive training and education on the worship movement. These well-attended conferences were called Worship Leader Workshops. These workshops were supported by music companies and service organizations such as Roland Corporation, Yamaha, Taylor Guitars, Peavey, and many others.
Today, the 120,000 church “gate-keepers”, who attended these workshops now look to Maranatha! Music as the leading source of worship products and services. The goodwill developed over the years has only grown stronger, as the roots of Maranatha’s reputation have grown deeper with local church leadership. Workshop programs are currently being developed for the 2009 season.
MARANATHA! MUSIC – THE ‘SHEPHERD’ OF SONGS
As a result, unlike any other brand in the world, Maranatha! Music has become synonymous with Christian music today. Each year, the label is dedicated to introducing new songs and promoting its classics to the church through song publishing, music in stores and church leadership training. Maranatha! Music will continue to shepherd the “Jesus Music” of today by serving the church with the song of faith.