Rose was a successful 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 Productions was the first African American production company to have a production deal with Virgin Records and he later held production deals with Atlantic Records and CBS (SONY) Records. In 1983, albums produced by Rose 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 and singles have accounted for more than four million in sales 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. In 1995, Rose sold his music business to Unidisc Productions in Montreal and EMI Music Publishing in the United Kingdom and invested a portion of his earnings to launch Amber Books Publishing, later Amber Communications Group, Inc. In 1996 Rose, along with his wife Yvonne Rose, began writing, and published in 1998 Amber Books first National Best-Selling title, Is Modeling For You? The Handbook and Guide for the Young Aspiring Black Model. As a leading book publisher, and mentor to hundreds of authors and publishers, Tony Rose has become one of the most forceful voices in the African American Book Publishing community. In 2004 he co-founded the African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, bringing together as exhibitors a community of thousands of African American book publishers and book publishing industry professionals, a feat that had been unprecedented in the 109-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 and he serves as a founding Director of the Harlem Book Fair National and The Harlem Book Fair/Roxbury, Mass. He is the founding “Coordinator” for the Community of Color Pavilion / African American Exhibitors at the American Library Association Annual Conference, a Member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. (BCALA) and the Creator and Executive Producer of Literary Living, a unique television show formerly aired on The Black Family Channel and aimed exclusively at the African American book buying market, featuring African American book publishing professionals / personalities and celebrities. Rose is the recipient of several awards including: The Chicago Black Book Fair and Conference Independent 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, and The Cape Verdean News “Millennium Award” for Book Publishing Excellence.
Tony Rose, an in-demand moderator, panelist and speaker, was the first African American book publisher to have participated as a speaker and panelist at the Boston Globe Book Festival. He has also has been featured as a moderator/panelist for numerous events such as: The Harlem Book Fair; The Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association Conference (BESLA); The Aspicomm Media Self-Publishing Symposium and Smith College.