26 Records is an indie record label founded by Roney Hooks in 2007.
The labels productions are distributed by the Orchard/Sony the industry’s leading independent distributor and label services company.
Since its inception in 2007, 26 Records has released five albums from 2010-2017 distributed solely via the Orchard/Sony.
The label released two full length albums one English/Spanish and the other a compilation for PBS in 2011.
Headquarters Burbank, Los Angeles, Utah, Spain, & Philippines
Records Labels BlackMonkey Records, RoneStone Records ERI Records, HB Records
Offices NYC , Las Vegas Nevada, NC, Spain, Philippines
Roney Hooks, President, 26 Records/Orchard/Sony Music
Roney Hooks is a multi-talented award winning songwriter, arranger, producer and visionary businessman who has scored hits with some of today’s chart topping artists and successfully managed several stellar artist. In 1988 Roney signed onto become a recording artist with CBS Associated Records with T.J. Martell at the helm. He later went on to write and arrange (3) songs for MCA Recording artist Bell, Biv, DeVoe’s (Poison LP) who were members of New Edition. This album achieved multi-platinum status and quickly became a hot commodity amongst his peers. In 1991, met legendary music veterans Benny Medina and Quincy Jones. He later went on to sign with Sony Music, and immediately made his mark by producing, writing, remixing and arranging songs for Kathy Sledge, Mariah Carey, Babyface, Shalimar and Alexander O’Neal. Eager to break into television and film, he was offered the opportunity to write for the song “Above the Rim” for the movie of the same name.
Dajon Young, Partner/COO, 26 Records/Orchard/Sony Music
26 Records "Where development & opportunity are honed."
As head of a leading entertainment network, Mr. Young's daily grind consists of becoming the eyes and ears of the entire company. Meaning, if there is a product, deal, or auditioning offer, etc... bound for the company's distribution, sales, media, or marketing department, it must be pre-approved and authenticated by him before it can go any further.The most difficult thing about Mr. Young's job comes from having to distinguish what goes and what stays as far as quality entertainment is concerned. With hands-on knowledge from being a recording artist, an actor featured on Disney as well as television Shows like "Touched By An Angel", Dajon has many perspectives on how people's interests for music, media, and movies are ever-changing. Some of Dajon's notable clients include ETC, The Ohio Players, Dante Thomas, Fergie from "Black Eyed Peas", Keith Mitchell from "AfterSeven", Ty Dolla $ign and Justin Nozuka.
Freya Pruitt CEO of Media, 26 Records/Orchard/Sony Music
Born into the entertainment industry to a famous opera singer mother and artist father, Freya became the entertainment industry entrepreneur in her illustrious family. As she left NYC to pursue a career in the recording industry and film world in Hollywood, Freya pursued her career as a singer, actress, writer and producer. She wrote and performed the theme song for the movie Haunted for RCA Victor, was guest star on The Commodores album and was the lead in the film Dribble. Starring, composing, and performing all of the soundtrack songs for RCA Victor was her first experience recording in Chrysalis studios in London. Managed by the famous Joyce Selznik, Freya went on to become a sought after performer in her rock group Heartbeat. Performing at The Troubadour and Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, Freya’s deepest love was always the recording studio.
Duane Hobson President OF A&R , 26 Records/Orchard/Sony Music
Artist Scout for Sony Music Nashville in Southeastern Areas [Athens, Atlanta & Kennesaw Ga] and Nashville Tn.
Executive Developer of The A&R Southern Talent Expo within College Markets (University of Georgia & Kennesaw State University - Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program)
Create new publisher/writer relations for new & current Sony Music artists. Maintain operations of the A&R Music Server for SonyMusic Nashville Managed and maintained artist(s) relationships for all major events and television programs (Ex. Country Radio Seminars and the Country Music Awards) Built and recreated audio projects for new and established artists Researched and examined new technological advancements for key departments. Specialties: 10+ Years Experience with Sony Music/Nashville. Graduate of the Landmark Educational Forum for Leadership Skills. Executive Developer of Southern Talent Expo. Acted as a Consultant for Externship for the music department of The University of Georgia and Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program at Kennesaw State University. Built, recreated, and produced audio projects for new and established artist(s).