Josh Stone: From NHL Prospect to Hip-Hop Artist, Songwriter & Producer

It’s no surprise to Josh Stone, CEO of Real Vibes Only, that he has made it successfully into a cut-throat industry like music entertainment. Once a college hockey player who dominated himself on the court to now a recruiter for upscale record labels, Stone turned a low point of his life into a success story, as told in his first debut project launching this March 2022. “Therapy Sessions”, a personal documentary revealing  a tragic period in his life that seemed as though he was headed to down into a dark abyss, turns into a success story of how he channels that energy into developing a keen ear for what sounds good and will also be a hit. The expression of his story transformed itself to what is now a catalog of his story that he hopes to touch the lives of others.

 

His pain had stemmed from a series of tragic loses beginning with losing his ability to become a pro NHL player. Soon after forcing to quit something he was so passionate about, his best friend, Jon Hall. Things kept getting darker however, he chose to make music during it instead of break. “ I was numb and I wanted to feel, I felt numb. That’s why I initially picked up the Mac lap top to make beats and write down my thoughts as poems. Anyone’s that’s been around me will tell you, I prefer the studio then the night club. I channel my energy the same way as I did in hockey, except this time (in music) I was doubted which fueled me to keep perfecting my craft of making songs.”

 

He adopted the skills of being competitive under pressure and as a typical hockey player, he was willing to fight on the game floor – this time, in any room. He states he  with big names in the industry. When he first started out, he took mentorship with rap legends such as Master P and Camron.  “ I always say real athletes who have played at a high level mindsets are different. As quick examples Look at the success of Master P who used to play ball and opened up No Limit back in the day and is successful in his ventures. Same with Camron and his career and businesses he owns the majority of Harlem but no one would think that. My work ethic is/was equal to or even greater then it was from hockey.”

 

His real mentorship stemmed from a connection made during the first phases of his career when he met Chuck D.  I remember chuck D telling me “make your first 100 songs and then throw them out if your serious and start over” so I did that. And that’s when he took me seriously, I was following his directions to the T. I took life lessons out of hockey from NHL Hall of famer and Coach Bobby Nystrom who when I played for him , I scored 6 goals in a game he said “why are you smiling you should of had 8” that’s my mindset in not just music but life, its a gift and a curse thinking like this.

 

Creating music became something similar to an obsession and as his mother would say, he was “losing his mind: in it. Josh Stone’s hard work ethic plays a big role in what he defines as success. “Work ethic wise , no one will out work me, I remember being in LA, and we knocked out 1 song in 48 minutes. From scratch, I remember being in the UK knocking out records in an hour , I remember being in the basement of South Side Jamaica Queens knocking out records. Wherever I went and still go people call me “an alien” when I’m working the energy needs to be right. Never rush, but the biggest part of hockey that I took with me to this business, was the ability to read people like I would have to “read a play “ on the ice execute and be reliable for whoever I was working with , for, as well always making sure I did what I say and say what I do and always being REAL with myself. When I entered

the business, it was like I was a 7 year old playing, now I’m ready for the draft again as the #1 pick and the music and my bodies of work will speak for me as my playing did in hockey.”

Keep an ear out for Josh Stone’s debut solo project, Therapy Sessions, dropping on streaming platforms this March 2022. 

 


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