Longtime Christian Music executive Peter York has been promoted to Chairman & CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG), it was announced today by Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett, to whom York will report. In his expanded role, York will drive CCMG's strategic direction, business development initiatives and key partner relationships while continuing to manage the company's market-leading Label Group - which includes prominent Christian Music labels Sparrow, Forefront, sixsteps, Hillsong and Jesus Culture, among others - as well as the market-leading Capitol Christian Publishing division. York is based at the company's headquarters in Nashville.
Peter York has served with CCMG for more than 33 years, the last 22 of those as President of its Label Group. He added Commercial Partnerships and Publishing to his portfolio of responsibilities in 2015. York's early years with Sparrow Records were spent working directly with label founder Billy Ray Hearn, first in copyright development and A&R, and later rising to Senior Vice President of A&R and partnering with Hearn's son, Bill Hearn, to run the label.
During his time with the company, York played an instrumental role in the creative development of a diverse array of artists, including Steven Curtis Chapman, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Amy Grant and dozens of others.
He began his career in music more than 40 years ago as a musician, songwriter and Grammy-Award winning producer, playing guitar and recording with Phil Keaggy, 2ndChapter of Acts, Michael and Stormie Omartian and countless others. York has A&R'd more than 100 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.
According to CMG Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett, "Peter is one of our industry's most highly-regarded and accomplished executives. He has been instrumental in achieving CCMG's market-leading stature and the development and support of so many important Christian Music artists. Having worked closely with Bill Hearn for more than three decades, he is uniquely qualified to take the full reins of CCMG as its Chairman & CEO and lead the company into the future. Everyone at CMG joins me in congratulating Peter on this well-deserved promotion."
York said, "It was an honor to work with Bill Hearn, my close friend and colleague, for more than 33 years. I learned so much from him, and I'm humbled to take on the responsibility of running the best company in the Christian Music world. I thank Steve Barnett for his continuing confidence and belief in me, and the talented team at CCMG for working with me to help our artists and songwriters reach new heights and expand the audience for their music and songs throughout the world."