Maranatha! Music was founded in 1971 by Chuck Smith Sr. of Calvary Chapel to promote the ?Jesus Music? his young hippie followers were writing and singing up and down the California coast. In the early years, Maranatha! Music signed artists because of their passionate profession of faith through music. These songs became the seminal calling card of the worship music genre of that time and belonged to the Maranatha! song catalog.
Back then, these songs were on the fringe of what the established church felt was appropriate for church music but they were being sung by millions of young people around the world.