Tooth & Nail Records can be traced back to the early ’90s punk and hardcore music scene. Label founder Brandon Ebel became immersed in the network of musicians and promoters who were making waves with their positive messages (whether translated through melodic punk or heavy rock), and wanted to get involved. The label became a force in Christian music circles and niche underground subcultures alike with bands whose broad appeal could not be pigeonholed to a particular crowd.
Nearly a half-dozen Tooth & Nail albums have been certified gold for sales of 500,000 or more copies in the United States, and several bands—Thousand Foot Krutch, Hawk Nelson, and Mae, to name a few—have sold in the 200,000+ range. Tooth & Nail releases have been nominated at the Grammys in the design/packaging and short form video categories, and mewithoutYou, another T&N staple band, earned a coveted MTV Woodie Award.