Capitol Christian Music Group Chairman/CEO Peter York To Retire

Peter York

Peter York, Chairman and CEO for Capitol Christian Music Group, will retire from the company on March 31, following 37 years in leadership roles at CCMG, and 50 years in the music industry.

York’s retirement follows last year’s promotion of Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy to co-presidents of CCMG and completes a succession plan for the company that began six years ago. York will remain in an advisory role to O’Donnell and Plachy throughout the end of the year.

CCMG has earned 17 consecutive ASCAP Christian Music Publisher of the Year awards and earned 40 Grammy awards in the last decade alone.

According to Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett, to whom York reports, “Peter is one of the most accomplished executives in the music business, and his contributions to CCMG and the Faith-based music community over the many decades cannot be overstated. It is a testament to Peter’s foresight and dedication to our company that he has long anticipated this day and has meticulously prepared CCMG for a seamless transition from his leadership to that of Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy. I know they have been well-mentored by Peter, and I’m confident that the company is well-positioned to build upon its market-leading success under their co-leadership. I offer my thanks and appreciation to Peter for all he has done for CCMG and CMG, and wish him the very best in his well-earned retirement.”

York said, “I’ve been privileged to be a part of CCMG and its many evolutions over the last 37 years. I’ve worked with the absolute best music business leaders, the most dedicated team and with immensely gifted artists and songwriters along the way. It’s been more than I could have ever imagined. I’m humbled and grateful for the countless opportunities I’ve been given and I’m overwhelmed by the impact our music has had in the lives of consumers around the world. I’d like to thank Steve Barnett for all of his support over these past seven years and for his confidence in our succession plan and the next generation of leadership for CCMG.”

York spent 22 years as President of CCMG’s Label Group before being promoted to Chairman & CEO in 2018. The label group includes imprints Sparrow, Forefront, sixsteps, Hillsong and Jesus Culture, as well as the Capitol Christian Publishing Division.

He added Commercial Partnerships and Publishing to his portfolio of responsibilities in 2015. During his early career at Sparrow Records, York worked directly with label founder Billy Ray Hearn, first in copyright development and A&R and later rose to Sr. VP, A&R and teamed with Bill Hearn to run the label. York has spearheaded the careers of many legendary CCM artists including Steven Curtis Chapman, BeBe & CeCe Winans, TobyMac, Amy Grant, Chris Tomlin and more.

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. York’s career began 40 years ago as a musician, songwriter and producer, performing and recording with Phil Keaggy, 2nd Chapter of Acts and more.

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