The term American singer-songwriter has seldom fit better than it does on Ty Stone. He was born in the shadow of Midwestern steel mills in the Detroit heart of urban America, and raised on a steady diet of rock’n’soul. He cut his teeth in bar bands and minimum-wage day jobs, headed West looking for a big break, and then got it back home – though he never lost the earthy core that informs every word he sings and every note he plays.
Kid Rock, who signed Stone to his Top Dog Records label in 2005, got it almost immediately – when a friend of Stone's handed the superstar a demo CD during a Detroit Pistons game. "He's a great songwriter and has the most incredible voice," says Rock, who executive produced “4 ON THE FLOOR,” a debut EP that will surely whet appetites for Stone's forthcoming full-length debut. "His soul and his Rhythm & Blues instincts are just spot-on. It's exciting stuff to hear."
The time since has been spent writing more songs – Stone figures he has more than 100 at the moment – and honing his sound. He's worked with a wealth of producers, co-writers, and musicians, traveling between Detroit, Nashville, and Los Angeles. He's also kept his playing chops up, both with his band and as a solo act, and he won a pair of 2009 Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Rock/Pop Artist and Outstanding Acoustic Artist.
"He's come a long way with his songwriting and his stage presence," notes Kid Rock. "He's done a lot of different writing with different people and he's really been growing, just 'cause he's dedicated and a hard worker."
"I feel very blessed about the things that have gone on in my life," he says, "and music gives me the opportunity to give some of that positivity back to people. That's what I want to put out there right now. I have music that makes people feel good, just because they can relate to it and can feel like we're going through the same thing. I like that connection."