Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO
Amber Communications Group, Inc.
Tony Rose is the Publisher and CEO of Phoenix, AZ based, Amber Communications Group, Inc., the nation’s largest African-American Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies; The 2013 44th Annual NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature (Youth/Teens), Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders by Gregory J. Reed, Esq. (Amber Books) and The Harlem Book Fair /Phillis Wheatley Book Awards “2013 African American Book Publisher of the Year”.
ACGI’s imprints include: The NAACP Image Awards winning, Amber Books Publishing; Amber Classics Books – Self-Help Reference Books; Colossus Books – Music Biographies; Amber/Wiley Books – Self Help and Financial Books Co-Published with John Wiley & Sons Inc.; Joyner/Amber Books – Co-Publishing with the Tom Joyner Foundation and Desmoon Books – Fiction.
Tony Rose led the movement towards modern Independent Book Publishing for the African American Self-Publisher and Independent Book Publisher as we know it today.
In 2000 he responded to the needs of the growing market of self-publishers and founded Quality Press, the nations largest “African American Book Packager”, in order to accommodate authors who wished to self-publish their books, and placed the Quality Press Self-Publishers Book Division under the direction of Yvonne Rose who is also an Associate Publisher for Amber Communications Group, Inc. and the Director of Quality Press.
In 2004 Tony Rose co-founded and became the Executive Director of The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America bringing together as exhibitors and attendees a community of thousands of African American book publishers and book publishing industry professionals, a feat that had been unprecedented in the 110-year history of BookExpo America. In 2005 Rose founded the Katrina Literary Collective, which has been responsible for collecting and donating over 90,000 books for the Hurricane Katrina Survivors, he serves as a founding Director of the Harlem Book Fair National and The Harlem Book Fair/Roxbury, Mass.
He is noted as the first African American Independent Publisher to ink a multi-book, multi-year, Co-Publishing/Imprint deal with a major book publisher (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), and the first book publisher to have titles licensed by Black Expressions Book Club with thirty five titles signed to date. In addition, Rose has acquired/licensed paperback rights from: Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins and Hyperion Books for publishing and distribution by ACGI.
He has also, successfully negotiated numerous world-wide partnerships, licensing and ebook licensing deals for ACGI in the United States, South Africa, Canada, Europe and Asia, recently setting the pace, signing a seven book exclusive ebook international licensing rights deal with K-tel International for Colossus Books.
On February 1, 2013, Amber Books, the award winning imprint of Phoenix, AZ based, Amber Communications Group, Inc., was announced as an NAACP Image Award winner for “Outstanding Literary Work – (Youth/Teens)” – for its title, “Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders” by Gregory J. Reed, Esq., and has earned an NAACP Image Award for Literature at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards Show, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.
On July 19, 2013, Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc., was announced as the Harlem Book Fair / Phillis Wheatley Book Awards ”2013 African American Book Publisher of the Year” at the 15th Anniversary of the Harlem Book Fair, in the Langston Hughes Auditorium, Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City, NY.
Tony Rose was born in Roxbury (Boston) Massachusetts, raised in the Whittier Street Housing Projects, was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force after serving in the Vietnam War, and attended the University of Massachusetts and the University of California in Los Angeles. He was employed as a production assistant at the Burbank Studios (Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures), in the accounting and sales division at Warner/Electra/Atlantic Records (WEA), an accounts representative at Warren Lanier Public Relations and as an A & R representative at RCA Records, Los Angeles, California.
Rose returned to Boston and along with record producer Maurice Starr became the primary architect of that, which in the late 70’s and 80’s would be called “The Boston Black Music Scene” a movement that ultimately led to the discovery of the international blockbusters Prince Charles and the City Beat Band, The Jonzun Crew, New Edition and New Kids on the Block. In 1979 he formed Solid Platinum Records and Productions and in 1982 he was named one of the “Top Ten Record Producers in the World”. Rose in the 80′s held recording / production deals with Virgin Records, Atlantic Records and Pavilion / CBS/Sony Records.
Rose was a successful Executive Producer, Record Producer, Record Company Owner, Personal Manager, Music Publisher, Recording Studio Owner, Recording Engineer, Song Writer and Composer for more than fifteen years. His Solid Platinum Records and Productions was the first African American production company to have a production deal with Virgin Records. In 1983, albums produced by Rose “Gang War” and “Stone Killers” by Prince Charles and the City Beat Band reached Gold Album status and shared the charts with Michael Jackson’s Thriller for six consecutive months in the number one, two and three positions throughout the world and his legendary “Prince Charles and the City Beat Band” albums ”Gang War”, “Stone Killers”, “Combat Zone” and singles, have accounted for more than Four Million sold worldwide. Rose’s many music awards include “Gold” and “Platinum” Albums and “Ampex Golden Reel” Awards for recording and engineering New Kids on the Block. Rose, has also penned Before the Legend – The Rise of New Kids on the Block and …A Guy Named Maurice Starr – The Early Years, published August 2008.
Rose is the recipient of several publishing awards including: The 2013 44th Annual NAACP Image Award for Winner for Literature - Outstanding Literary Work (Youth / Teens), Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders (Amber Books); The Harlem Book Fair / Phillis Wheatley Book Awards “2013 African American Book Publisher of the Year”; The City of Phoenix, Arizona – Office of the Mayor “Official Resolution” for Fifteen Years of Successful Book Publishing and the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Literature; The City of Boston and the Boston City Council “Official Resolution” for his success in the Music/Recording Industry and the Book Publishing Industry; The 2008 Harlem Book Fair “Phillis Wheatley Book Award “ For Literary Work That Transcends Culture, Boundary and Perception”; The Chicago Black Book Fair and ConferenceIndependent Publisher/Press Award; The BlackBoard Bestseller’s African-American Publisher of the Year Award; The American Library Association“Reluctant Reader” Award; The 1st YOUnity Book Reviewers, Disilgold Soul Magazine “Publisher of the Millennium” Award; The Diamond Literary Festival ”Certificate of Appreciation” Award; The Harlem Book Fair, Boston/Roxbury “Charles C. Yancey” Literary Award; The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, House of Representatives, In Recognition of “Promoting the African American Experience Through the Literary World” Award; The City of Boston “Continuous Promotion of African American Authors” Resolution; The Black Caucus of The American Library Association (BCALA)“Appreciation Award”; The BookExpo America “Founders Award”; The Haki R. Madhubuti “Independent Publisher of Note” Award; The City of Los Angeles, State of California, Leimert Park Village Book Fair, Certificate of Appreciation, “For Extraordinary Contributions to the African American Literacy Legacy” Award; The Los Angeles Black BookExpo, Certificate of Appreciation “Outstanding Contributions in Promoting Black Literature” Award and The Cape Verdean News “Millennium Award” for Book Publishing Excellence.
He also has served as a Literary Sub-Committee Member in the Category of Non-Fiction Literature and Instructional Literature for the 2007 (38th), 2008 (39th), 2009 (40th), 2011 (42nd) and 2012 (43rd) NAACP Image Awards (Show); the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, the Nation’s Largest Book Publishing Trade Show from 2004-2010 and the Founder of Amber Communications Group, Inc.’s African American Pavilion Booth at BookExpo America, 2011, 2012, 2013.
Among ACGI’s most notable and diverse titles are: Yoga Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African American Community-If You Can Breathe, You Can Do Yoga and Find Inner and Outer Peace-The Ultimate Yoga Book for Beginners and the Young at Heart; Lady Gaga: Born to Be Free; Beyonce’-Before the Legend: The Rise of Beyonce’ and Destiny’s Child, The Early Years; Kanye West-Before the Legend: The Rise of Kanye West and the Chicago Rap & R&B Scene, The Early Years; Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders; The African American Criminal Justice Guide-Staying Alive and Out of Jail; The African American Scholarship Guide-Thousands of Scholarships and Grants for African American Students; The African American Employment Guide-Finding and keeping a Job; Ageless Beauty: The Ultimate Skincare and Makeup Book for Women and Teens of Color; The Revised Second Edition-Is Modeling For You? The Handbook and Guide for the Young Aspiring African American Model; Tom Joyner Presents: How To Prepare For College; African Americans and the Future of New Orleans; Beautiful Black Hair – Real Solutions To Real Problems; The African American Family’s Guide to Tracing Our Roots; The Afro-Centric Bride – A Style Guide; African American History In The United States of America, An Anthology-From Africa To President Barack Obama, Volume One; Born Beautiful: The African American Teenagers Complete Beauty Guide; The African American Guide to Real Estate Investing; Lil Wayne: An Unauthorized Biography; Jay Z and The Roc-A-Fella Records Dynasty; How To Get Rich When You Ain’t Got Nothing: The African American Guide To Obtaining and Building Wealth; Pay Yourself First: The African American Guide to Financial Success and Security; Aaliyah – An R & B Princess in Words & Pictures; Destiny’s Child: The Complete Story; God Made Dirt: The Life and Times of Ol’ Dirty Bastard; Memoirs of a Superfreak – The Confessions of Rick James; and Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and….A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years; Eminem and the Detroit Rap Scene: White Kid in a Black Music World; Amy Winehouse: Too Young To Die…Too Old To Live and Nicki Minaj: The Woman Who Stole the World.
Tony Rose is the editor of numerous books and the co-writer of the national best-seller, Is Modeling For You: The Handbook and Guide For The Young Aspiring Black Model, written with Yvonne Rose, has penned the critically acclaimed, best-seller, Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years, and has recently compiled, edited and published,the award winning, African American History In The United States of America – An Anthology – From Africa To President Barack Obama, Volume One, a Top Ten Best African American Book.
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Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO
Amber Communications Group, Inc.,
1334 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 5-D67, Phoenix, AZ 85048