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Robert Stone began his professional music career at age 19 managing a top South Florida rock band called Blic. “Blic was the quintessential art rock band of the early 1980’s performing Pink Floyd, Zeppelin and Jethro Tull type covers, " says Stone. "They had an amazing following and I helped them record an original record on an old Teac 4-track machine that got some radio airplay in Jupiter, Florida. This taught me the intricacies involved with working with several musicians at once, and how difficult the process can be." After Blic dissolved, Stone began writing and recording his own originals using demo singers for the vocals. “I started to realize the best way to successfully process original music was to learn to engineer and produce the music, as you have to know how to get the sound down on tape.” In the early 80’s, Stone formed a 7-piece cover/original band called The Remembers with himself as lead vocalist and 2nd keyboard player. “We had a lot of fun playing around South Florida, and probably performed over 15 originals that I wrote.” With a desire to actually earn money in music rather than simply spending all the time, Stone learned how to DJ and began working more on the business side of music. Publishing a trade magazine called Dance Issue, Stone began learning about the promotion of music, specifically dance club music of the late 1980’s. “The last part of the 80’s was a vibrant era for club music coming out of South Florida and New York, and I began to learn who the key promotion players at the record companies were and started selling trade paper advertising to these promotion people.” In 1992, Stone became a full-time DJ working in Manhattan nightclubs. By 1996 Stone released a few of his own records to no avail, as the expenses of promotion outweighed his finances. “I actually went to Winter Music Conference in 1996 as an artist.” In the last part of the 90’s, Stone became interested in musical theatre and studied under an original cast member of Phantom Of The Opera. “I knew I was creative and wanted to write something with a script that was fun that still rocks.” In 2007, Stone co-wrote the musical Bigger Fish To Fry, which evolved into a production called Rock On!, a story line in the vein of Faust. “I was able to produce an off-Broadway equity showcase of Rock On! at the 45th St. Theater in Manhattan, which turned into another exhorbitant learning experience of how expensive the creative process can be." Stone lived in Nashville from 2002-2005 crafting his songwriting skills,  and co-wrote the Christmas song Here On Christmas Day sang by Nashville artist Melissa DuVall, which has been published by ManikTree Songs and was picked up on Pandora radio. With a new emphasis on playing piano, Stone is developing material for work at hotels and lounges. “The material is a lot of Billy Joel, which transcends numerous generations. My main emphasis at this time in my life is staying healthy and entertaining. I can play piano, sing, perform stand-up comedy, DJ, and write creatively. It’s all about entertaining, and maybe with some luck money will flow inbound.”