In 1997, Derek Hoiem had a vision to assist musicians in local churches. Having been a software designer for Microsoft, Derek also knew that the digital wave was going to bring massive change to the music industry. After investigating music business models, he found that record labels were necessary but needed to change by adopting the indie wave. Also, he found that record labels in the Christian industry were sometimes at odds with goals of churches. So in 2003, Derek founded Rain On Me Productions, the parent company of Save the City Records. He began working with various musicians around the Northwest, recording them, and helping them with their indie careers. Along the way, he met a talented artist named Brandon Bee. Brandon was a widely recognized young talent in the Northwest. Together they decided to team up and formally launch a national label and in 2009 they introduced Save the City Records.
They released Brandon Bee's freshman album "This is the Revolution" in 2009 to critical acclaim, and soon after they expanded their marketing and PR efforts. This got the attention of Provident Distribution, Sony's Christian music division, which led to a distribution deal. Since that time, Save the City Records has added other artist to their roster, including Benjamin, Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers, Circleslide, Holly Starr, and Kimber Rising.
For more information about Save the City Records, its artist, releases and its songwriters, visit their website at http://savethecityrecords.com.