Word Entertainment commemorates 60th anniversary with celebration event in Waco, TX



Word Entertainment, Warner Music Groups’ Christian music division, has been celebrating the storied label’s 60th anniversary of making Christian music this year. This past Wednesday, Nov. 2, Word Entertainment staff and executives threw a special anniversary celebration in Waco, TX, home of the label’s origin, which was founded by Baylor University graduate Jarrell McCraken in 1951. On hand for the celebration included members of the McCracken family as well as Waco Mayor Jim Bush; Chairman of Word Entertainment Mike Curb; Warner Music Nashville President & CEO John Esposito; Word’s first A&R Director and artist, Kurt Kaiser; Word Entertainment President & CEO Rod Riley; and Baylor University President Ken Starr. The event was attending by many Word employees both past and present with a special commemorative plaque presentation to the McCracken Family and Baylor University on behalf of Word Entertainment. Mayor Bush also presented a proclamation, naming Nov. 2 as “Word Day” in Waco, TX. The night concluded with an outdoor concert featuring Word Entertainment’s Dove Award-winning artists Chris August and Sidewalk Prophets on the Baylor campus. To view the historical video of Word Entertainment, visit here.

In honor of the label’s anniversary, Word Entertainment recently released a 3-CD compilation featuring a 51-song collection with a bonus excerpt from the company’s original recording, entitled, Word: Six Decades Of Hits. The anthology spans 60 years of great music that has come out of this landmark label featuring legendary artists such as Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Point of Grace, Jaci Velasquez, and new breakthrough artists such as Francesca Battistelli, Chris August, and Sidewalk Prophets.

For further information on Word Entertainment and the 60th anniversary celebrations, visit www.WordLabelGroup.com.

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