Phoenix Stone is a country music singer-songwriter, a founding member of the Backstreet Boys, and Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of STONEHALL Entertainment, a full-service entertainment firm represented by Creative Artists Agency. Phoenix Stone started his career as an actor on the Nickelodeon shows Welcome Freshmen and Clarissa Explains It All. STONEHALL includes a record label, a publishing company (a joint venture with Rondor/Universal), a management company that represents record producers and a television division, which has created shows for Disney’s Touchstone and a pair of pilots for MTV Networks. His Backstreet Boys Inc. and Trans Continental Records label sold more than 130 million albums and singles worldwide in a period of five years. Stone is also President of his own joint venture label with Columbia Records, where he created and produced the teen rock band the Valli Girls as well as developing the band Varsity Fanclub for Stonehall Records/EMI’s Virgin Records and the EastWest Boys, which he signed to Stonehall Records/Sony Japan.
A producer, singer and songwriter who has worked with artists from Art Garfunkel to newcomer Liana Conway, Stone grew up in the Tampa, FL, area, listening to artists like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson before moving to Nashville as a teenager to make it as a performer, signing a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell. Partnering with Lou Pearlman, he joined the Backstreet Boys, but soon dropped out as an performer to guide the project on the business side.
Stone was signed as an artist to Universal Records by Mel Lewinter in 2000, releasing his self-titled debut very much in the boy band mold he had established with the Backstreet Boys. Allmusic.com praised the album for “blending pop, rhythm & blues, and rock in a richly melodic combination... [his] voice capable of going from falsetto to a rich baritone.” He went on to tour the world with acts ranging from Britney Spears and Pink to Christina Aguilera. Showing his entrepreneurial savvy, Stone negotiated a promotion that featured his image and poster on 50 million Nabisco products, including General Mills cereal Reese’s Puffs, while getting American Idol to use his songs and likeness on its video game.
Two years ago, Norman Lear commissioned Stone to write the inspirational charity single, “Proud to be (Born Again American),” released on Concord Music Group’s Rounder Records, and accompanied by a music video. The single reached the Top 11 on the Country/Christian chart, with Stone donating 100% of the proceeds to American veterans and the non profit Declare Yourself.
Stone returned to Nashville last year to record a country album, which included the song, “Honky Tonk Superstar,” which has become a viral hit on You Tube with over 2.6 million views, “We Got a Lot to Drink About” and “Take Me Home,” nods to the raucous party spirit of Hank Williams, Jr., Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City,” respectively. “Cowboys” pays homage to the outlaw legacy of Waylon and Willie, while the acoustic “Radio On,” is a double-entendre romance accompanied by a soundtrack of the times, featuring lyrical references in the chorus to “I Swear,” “I Walk
the Line,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Let’s Get It On,” “If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right” and “Feel Like Making Love Tonight” as well as name-checks for “Johnny [Cash] and June [Carter].”