On Aug. 2, country singer-songwriter Phoenix Stone spoke via phone about his new single “100 Proof Moonshine” and his future plans in music.
Throughout his tenure in the industry, Phoenix was a founding member of the multi-platinum selling group, The Backstreet Boys, and he has worked with music icon Art Garfunkel. “It was amazing to work with Art since he is a legend,” he stated.
The proceeds from his inspirational charity single, “Proud to Be (Born Again American),” benefitted the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
A Florida native, Phoenix revealed that he grew up on country music. “My mom and dad listened to country and I like the authenticity of it and it’s amazing how it has transcended so many boundaries. It’s a genre of music that speaks to people and I am glad to be a part of it. I’m a singer-songwriter and I produce all of my music. Country music allows me to tell stories about my life and my lifestyle,” he stated.
His vocals on his newest single “100 Proof Moonshine” are reminiscent to those of such country artists as Craig Morgan, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean and Aaron Tippin. He noted that his latest single is based on a real-life experience. “I like to have friends around a lot and throw parties. Moonshine is a very strong alcohol but it can definitely get the party started. I wrote this song about the good times that I have had throughout my life,” Phoenix said.
His official YouTube channel, features a tender rendition of him singing Kathy Mattea’s Christmas classic “Mary Did You Know” on piano. “When I first came to Nashville as a teenager, I saw Kathy performing at some event and she sang that tune and I had never heard of it before. It always stuck in my head, so it has been a favorite of mine, especially around the holidays. I will probably record it on a Christmas album in the future,” he said.
Phoenix listed songstresses Miranda Lambert and Alison Krauss as his dream duet choices in country music.
Regarding his plans for the future, Phoenix remarked, “We are getting ready to shoot the video for the new single ‘100 Proof Moonshine’ and I am really excited about that. The song goes to radio in September and it will be available for sale soon. We have a radio tour coming up and then we will out on the road again. I expect to have a full-length CD entitled We Got a Lot to Drink About released in early 2013.”
For more information on Phoenix Stone, check out his official website.