About Russell Stone
Here I am
Learning to be in the now, come what may, has become the central path for me in recent years. I believe it is through constantly committing to being fully, truly present - and not running from ourselves - that transformation comes, and that we find meaning and healing.
In my life, I practise the three, related, core disciplines of psychotherapy, yoga and music. For me, humanity and spirituality lie at the heart of all of these. As well as following these disciplines separately in their own right, I have, perhaps inevitably, found myself looking for a way to combine them in one process. This is currently the central focus of my musical activities, and is expressed through my work with Four, and At-Ma a collaboration with Craig Pruess through which I have produced a CD, the City in the Sky in 2007.
Musical beginnings - singing and writing
Born in 1946 in Norwich, I was educated at Loddon Primary School and Wymondham College, leaving at the age of 18 to join show business in 1964. Working my way from being a chorus boy in the Black & White Minstrel Show, I toured with bands, and made my way into recording studios, radio/TV work.
During that time as a session singer, producers I worked with included George Martin (producer for the Beatles), Tommy LiPuma, Georgio Moroder, Michel Colombier and Henry Mancini. I accompanied a wide variety of artistes including Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Adam Ant, Tony Bennett, Twisted Sister, Cliff Richard and Right Said Fred. I also found time to lend my voice to many TV and radio commercials including McDonalds, Lloyds Bank, Midland Bank, The Halifax Building Society, Delta Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Capital Radio and BBC Radio 1.
In 1977 I achieved huge success with the act R & J Stone with the self-penned, worldwide hit 'We Do It' (audio) (video). Following the death of my late wife Joanne, the J of R & J Stone, in 1979, I went back to studio work and touring.
Psychotherapy, counselling and teaching
In 1994, having successfully addressed an alcohol abuse problem with help from a Hampshire clinic and counselling, I began counselling training and completed a Diploma in 1998. I took a sabbatical from singing professionally in 1995 in order to focus on this, and established a private therapy practice in 1999, which I have maintained to this day.
I began teaching counselling at Farnborough College in 2000 through Skills to the Advanced Diploma level. During this time I also began facilitating workshops using vocal sound to explore within.
It was when I had stopped drinking that I realised the old ways were not enough, and that being sober was definitely by no means enough for me. At that time I intuited that spirituality, whatever that meant, was the way forward, and have maintained a commitment to studying this ever since. Having completed a Certificate of Education in 2002, I decided to combine the interests of therapy and spirituality by embarking on an MA.
Sound Recovery Therapy (SRT)TM
My MA also served the purpose of coming back to music in a very different way. I combined my therapeutic and musical skills in running a long term group, with whom I explored the question for my 2004 thesis, "What is the transpersonal experience of the vocal method of Sounding?" (view article) Sounding is the expression of spontaneous and improvisational vocal sounds that might or might not involve musical structures. They could be vowel sounds, expressions of pain/joy: anything that the mind or body seem to want to voice.
Something of my musical, therapeutic, and spiritual journey was expressed in my article for the Journal of the Music and Psyche Network in A Soul Song.
I finished teaching in at the end of the academic year in 2005 in order to concentrate more on this, and have also put on hold doing a PhD at Chichester University in Transpersonal Arts, for the same reason.
I now work with musicians of all different kinds in this improvisational way, to explore meditatively within while others are a witness. Working this way has promoted the return of the muse and At-Ma is the natural coming together of many strands, drawing on my life experience, and friends and colleagues who share my vision of stepping into just being. 2006 was devoted to developing material generated during Soundings sessions, and using this technique when recording tracks for the CD 'Gathering of the Tribes'.
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