David C CookTwo of my favorite companies just got married!  Big news finally released today in the long awaited announcement from David C Cook and Integrity Media.

Effective June 1, 2011, David C Cook and Integrity Media reached an agreement whereby Integrity Music became part of the David C Cook family. I’d known this was in the works for quite some time, but only last week did I get confirmation that the announcement was imminent. 

Cris and his team get the catalog and artist roster which is great for them, while Michael and his team continue with his passion to teach and stay very active around the world.  Per the agreement, David C Cook has acquired only those assets specific to Integrity Music. Integrity Media, based in Mobile, AL will still exist consisting of Integrity Direct, Integrity Worship Institute, and the international companies in the UK, South Africa and Singapore. Industry veteran C. Ryan Dunham, formerly David C Cook’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, will serve as president of Integrity Music, effective immediately.   

Integrity Music will operate independently within David C Cook as a Strategic Ministry Unit and be relocated to the company headquarters in Colorado Springs after a transition period of 3 months. Distribution of Integrity Music products in the U.S. will continue through Provident-Integrity Distribution and Columbia and Sony Music Distribution.

It will be interesting to see how this affects Kingsway as the relatively younger worship label that has a lot of great stuff going for it.  It could be very helpful to them if Integrity’s presence can help pull more Kingsway product into the market at retail, in touring and conferences and/or other outlets.