Integrity Music Group has extended its worldwide, mainstream distribution/marketing agreement with Epic Records and signed a new deal with Sony BMG-owned Provident Music Group for distribution to the

NASHVILLE -- Integrity Music Group has extended its worldwide, mainstream distribution/marketing agreement with Epic Records and signed a new deal with Sony BMG-owned Provident Music Group for distribution to the Christian retail market.

Integrity Music Group, a division of Mobile, Ala.-based Integrity Media, Inc., was previously distributed to the Christian market via Word Distribution. Under the new agreement, Provident Music Group will rename its distribution arm Provident-Integrity Distribution.

Effective Jan. 1, 2005, the company will distribute all Integrity Music-owned and associated music labels, including INO Records, Integrity Music, Vertical Music, Hosanna! Music, Integrity Gospel, Integrity Just For Kids and Hillsong Music Australia. Israel Houghton, Don Moen, Darlene Zschech and Mercy Me are among the artists on Integrity-affiliated labels.

Integrity is also extending its agreement with Epic to work its product to the mainstream retail market worldwide. In turn, Integrity markets and distributes select Sony Music Label Group titles to Christian retail.