Wednesday, July 20, 2011
9:31 PM EDT
By John Anderson, Entertainment Staff Writer 9:31 PM EDT, July 20, 2011
Original backstreet boys producer ready to welcome legendary group home To Orlando
Orlando, Florida - For renowned music producer Tim Coons, it has been a whirlwind week, as the legendary group he helped to start makes its way home to Orlando. When Coons helped put together and first produced music for a group of five virtually unknown young men back in 1993, he would never have imagined that they would go on to become one of the highest selling acts in music history. In two nights downtown at our city's sparkling new jewel of an arena, the Amway Center, the Backstreet Boys will return home for a concert as a co-headliner along with another legendary music group, New Kids on the Block, as part of the red hot summer long NKOTBSB tour featuring both groups. For Coons, it is a chance to welcome home the group he is largely responsible for helping to get its start.
Coons first began with the Backstreet Boys during the winter of 1993, helping to develop the group's harmonies and recording original music for them at the Atlantic Hill Music Studios right here in Orlando, which Coons owns and operates. In 1996, he was awarded a Diamond Record for work that he contributed to the group's first major release under Jive Records. The album sold over 15 million units worldwide. When asked about the Backstreet Boys immeasurable success over the years, Coons says "I knew the boys were special while I was helping them to develop their sound and find their place in the music industry, but nobody could have ever predicted the astonishing success that they have had around the globe for all these years. I still can't believe that it has been almost 20 years now, and they keep steaming right on ahead with no end in sight."
Since helping to create and launch the group, Coons himself has had a distinguished career within the professional music world. He has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award, the highest honor possible within the music industry, and has helped launch the career of countless stars. Since helping the Backstreet Boys climb to the top of the charts, Coons has aided major starts such as N'Sync, JoJo, Colby O'Donis, and Jesse McCartney in becoming some of the most popular commercial music acts of the past few decades.
At his Atlantic Hill Music Studios right here in Orlando, he continues to churn out material for top artists inside of the music world, and also develop new acts at the same time. He was recently named President of an about-to-launch record label, and continues to write and produce songs for noteworthy artists such as Central Florida's own Howie Dorough, who is a member of the Backstreet Boys. Coons recently produced a successful duet featuring Dorough and Filpino recording sensation Sarah Geronimo, which became a #1 selling single in Asia.
Later on this summer, Coons and the company he owns, Atlantic Hill Music, will be holding an open singing competition in downtown Orlando for aspiring singers hoping to be signed to a development deal with the new record label that Coons recently was named President of. The competition is set to be judged by Coons and Jane Carter, acclaimed music manager/entertainment producer and the mother of Backstreet Boys heartthrob member Nick Carter. For both Coons and the monster group that he helped to create, there have been many memorable moments along the way, with more to come they all hope.
The NKOTBSB concert is set for this Friday evening downtown at the Amway Center. It is sold out.
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