Music executive Robert Beeson founded Essential Records in 1992, home to artists Jars of Clay and Third Day. As a senior executive for Provident Music Group, which bought Essential, he worked with Casting Crowns and Michael W. Smith. In 2006, Beeson formed iShine Records, a faith-based music/multimedia company geared to tweens. After seven years as a single parent, Beeson remarried. He lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife, Barbara, and his three daughters and three stepsons.