Tim Coons - President
Tim Coons is the President of Rocket Records. He is a 2-time Grammy nominee as a music producer/engineer, and is the original music producer of the iconic pop music group Backstreet Boys.
As Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson says about Tim; "Tim taught us early in our career to work hard and respect the opportunities we were given."
Fellow Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough states; "Tim's work ethic in the studio is legendary. He gave the Backstreet Boys the singing foundation for what we would become." Tim remains close with the group to this day on both a personal and professional level. He recently recorded music for a few of the different solo projects of Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough.
Tim is also the Founder & CEO of Atlantic Hill Music, a world-renowned music production & artist development company located in Orlando, FL. Atlantic Hill Music serves as the official music production & artist development company of Rocket Records, while also working with many other entities throughout the music business.
Previously, Tim has also been an independent A&R representative for platinum recording artist JoJo, who had a #1 record called "Leave" a few years back. JoJo is the youngest female artist music industry history to achieve a #1 record. This is what JoJo had to say about Tim; "Tim Coons is a great person and very talented. He believed in me from a very young age, and I know that both he and Atlantic Hill Music will continue to have great success in the music business."
Tim has been scouting artists, putting together groups, performing, writing, recording, and producing music for over 35 years. A few of the companies he has done work for include Sony, Universal, Warner Brothers, BMG, R.C.A., Disney, C.B.S., Dream Works, Edel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Transcontinental Records.
Tim put together and wrote/produced music for the Tommy Mattola signed Sony Recording Artist group 3rd Faze. The group had a weekly television show on the ABC Family channel. Tim co-wrote and produced 7 songs on their debut album along with Desmond Child (producer of Ricky Martin). 3rd Faze toured with Britney Spears and 'The Go For It! Roadshow'.
Tim was an accomplished recording artist himself on BMG Ariola Records in Germany from 1977 to 1982. He has toured and appeared on many national television shows throughout both Europe and the United States.
Tim has worked with the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, JoJo, Colby O’Donis (who was featured on Lady Gaga's smash debut single, "Just Dance", earning him a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 50th Grammy Awards), Rob Thomas, Take 5, Starship, Jessie McCartney, Steven Stills, Glen Fry, Arlo Guthrie, C-Note, 3rd Faze, Von Rae, Michael Cavanaugh (Tony award nominee and the star of the Broadway show “Movin Out”), Martin Mull, Gary U.S. Bonds, Mary Wells, Ramsey Lewis, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, and others.
From 1998 to 2002, Tim was the musical director of the largest youth motivational/health educational tour in the United States called 'The Go For It! Roadshow'. Tim and his wife Teresa (who worked with the music artists' regarding their image, hair, and makeup) toured from coast to coast with the musical performers who performed in front of hundreds of thousands of screaming kids in packed arenas throughout the United States averaging over ten thousand fans per show.
The 'Go For It! Road Show' was a health education event for children presented by Birmingham, Alabama-based HealthSouth Corporation in 1995. The show featured many celebrity athletes including Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker, Dan Marino, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Doug Flutie, and more.
The show was run by the HealthSouth Sports Medicine Council, whose Chairman was Bo Jackson. Board Member and world-renowned physician Dr. James Andrews came up with the idea for the Sports Medicine Council. The 'Go For It! Roadshow' was also presented by major sponsors such as the Coca-Cola Company, American Airlines, Travelers Group, and others.
Along with his many other professional awards, Tim was named one of Central Florida Magazine's "Most Interesting People in Central Florida". He has also served in the prestigious position of Chairman for the world-famous Winter Park Fall Art Festival which is held annually in Winter Park, FL, Tim's hometown.
In 2008, Tim and his wife Teresa traveled to Berlin, Germany to work with the band Winter Springs. Tim wrote, produced, and played music on her album, later winning the Crystal Reel Award for “Best Producer of Music In a Video" for one of Winter Spring's singles during a red carpet event from the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association. Tim’s wife Teresa won a Crystal Reel Award for best makeup in a music video during the same event as well.
During a visit to Atlanta, GA in 2006, Tim had the pleasure of meeting and spending some time with the iconic Sir Paul McCartney of The Beatles. During the course of their conversations, Paul told Tim how much he still loves to perform in front of appreciative crowds. Paul said that he still really loves to be on stage and observe the people who have such a great time enjoying his music. After Tim talked about live performing with Paul, they got into a conversation about harmonies and vocals.
Tim told Paul how much he really loved the song “The Long And Winding Road” and he started to sing the song with Paul quickly joining in. Needless to say, singing together with Paul McCartney that night was an incredible experience, and it got Tim thinking about performing live again thanks to some prodding by Paul.
During the 1970’s, Tim was one of the lead singers and guitar players of the group “Harpoon”, which toured throughout both Europe and their home state of Florida in America. Tim has also performed with Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Steven Stills, Joe Walsh, Arlo Guthrie, The Bangles, Ramsey Lewis, Gary U.S Bonds, Mary Wells, and many other famous music acts.
Tim recently produced an album for the internationally acclaimed music group Alizma, made up of three identical triplet sisters from Poland who sing and play the violin. Alizma was a semi-finalist on the hit television show 'America's Got Talent'.
Tim is also the music producer of the official 'Haiti Thanks You' music video by Maestro Ruben Joseph. The video was released worldwide on January 12, 2012, the 2-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the island nation of Haiti. The video is a tribute to all those who have sacrificed and given their time to help the brave citizens of Haiti get back on their feet.
Tim graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, where he majored in Environmental Studies and Political Science. He was born in Queens, NY.
Tim backstage with Howie Dorough (L) and Nick Carter (R) of the Backstreet Boys before the 2011 "NKOTBSB" concert at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL.
Tim (L) recording with Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys in January of 2012.
Britney Spears (L) with Tim (R) in 1999.
Tim with internationally-acclaimed music group and former 'America's Got Talent' semi-finalist Alizma.
Tim (R) winning one of his many prestigious music industry awards. He is also a 2-time Grammy Award nominee.