Tony Brown, John Mason Launch Velvet Stone Management

Pictured (L-R): Caballo, Stone, John Mason, Tony Brown.

Pictured (L-R): Rick Caballo, John Mason, Melissa Core, Tony Brown.

Legendary country music producer, executive, and musician Tony Brown has teamed with entertainment attorney John Mason to launch Velvet Stone Management.

Brown and Mason have teamed with Nashville-based branding company Dead Horse Branding, led by Melissa Core and Rick Caballo. Dead Horse Branding has worked with brands including Jep and Jessica Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, as well as Australia’s lifestyle doctor Dr. Karen Phillip.

Velvet Stone has announced the signing of the Grammy-nominated O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor.

Brown has worked with an array of artists including Reba, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy Buffet, Brooks and Dunn, Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett. Brown worked for MCA Records for 25 years, where he served as the Vice President for 10 years, eventually becoming President of the label. Brown is the producer on nine Grammy Award-winning songs, and took the Grammy home for Country Album of the Year with George Strait, the same year he was honored by the Americana Music Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Mason has represented high-profile deals for the movie Grease, and represented talent including Reba, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Jersey Boys), Smokey Robinson, Travis Tritt, Olivia Newton-John, Shakira, and Brian Wilson. Brown has represented directly or through their heirs six Oscar winners. He has been named “Entertainment Lawyer of the Year,” by Billboard Magazine and earned the A/V national attorney rating in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory for more than 30 years.

“Velvet Stone is where art marries commerce… A braintrust of experience, style, taste and enough blind faith to take on any challenge. Four partners who complement each other like no other team before,” said Brown.

“The opportunity to help artists in a new and unique way where I can combine my decades of business and legal experience with the creative genius of Tony Brown and the branding and marketing expertise of Melissa Core and Rick Caballo was irresistible—and here we are!” said Mason.





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