Concord Records
Parent companyConcord
Founded1995[1] (1995[1])
Distributor(s)Universal Music Group (worldwide releases)
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles, California

Concord Records is an American record label owned by Concord and based in Los Angeles, California. Concord Records was launched in 1995 as an imprint designed to reach beyond the company's foundational Concord Jazz label.[1] The label's artists have won 14 GRAMMY Awards and 88 GRAMMY nominations.

The original logo, a stylized eighth note incorporating the C and J of "Concord Jazz", was created by Bay Area graphic designer Dan Buck, who also worked on several album covers for the company.[2]


In 1999, Concord Records was purchased by a consortium led by Hal Gaba and television producer Norman Lear. Its offices were moved from Concord, California to Beverly Hills in 2002. That same year, Concord partnered with Starbucks to release Ray Charles's Genius Loves Company, which won eight GRAMMY Awards, including Album of the Year.[3]

Concord Records purchased the Fantasy Label Group in 2004, and in December 2006 announced the reactivation of the Stax Records label as a forum for newly recorded music.[4]

In 2005, it was announced that Concord Records had purchased Telarc Records and its subsidiary Heads Up, in a deal whose terms were not divulged.[5]

In 2007, Concord Records started the Hear Music label in association with Starbucks, signing such artists as Paul McCartney,[6] Joni Mitchell, and John Mellencamp. Although Starbucks ceased to be an active partner a year later, Concord kept Hear active, having a Top 5 album in 2010 with Carole King and James Taylor's Live at the Troubadour.

In 2008, Village Roadshow Pictures Group and Concord Music Group completed their merger, resulting in the creation of the Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.

Kenny G signed to Concord in early 2008,[7] Herb Alpert in early 2009. On June 5, 2009, Dave Koz signed to Concord.[8]

In 2010, it was announced that Paul McCartney's solo and Wings catalogs would be globally distributed by Concord Music Group.[9]

Current artists

Former artists

See also


  1. ^ a b "Concord Records - Concord Music".
  2. ^ "From The Boston Globe: Rounder Records is Sold". 14 April 2010. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. ^ Associated Press (29 May 2006). "Ray Charles Big Winner at Grammy Awards". Today.
  4. ^ "Jazz news: Concord Music Reactivates Stax Records". 19 December 2006. Archived from the original on 2010-07-12.
  5. ^ "Concord Music Group Acquires Telarc". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Paul Signs to New Hear Music Label". 22 March 2007.
  7. ^ "Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Records to Co-Release Kenny G's New Album Rhythm and Romance on February 5".
  8. ^ [1] Archived August 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Michaels, Sean (22 April 2010). "Paul McCartney cuts ties with EMI". The Guardian.
  10. ^ Mosk, Mitch (September 27, 2022). "Editor's Picks 74: L.S. Dunes, Charlotte Lawrence, Peace Ritual, Sadurday, Dear Boy, & Abby Sage!". Atwood Magazine. Retrieved September 30, 2022.