Fly Company Music Group.
Celebrating 15 Years.
At Fly Company Music Group we’re all about our people. Our global company is made up of knowledgeable, passionate, and creative individuals. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion fosters a culture where you can truly belong, contribute, and grow. We believe in each individual’s value and encourage applications from people of any age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristic or identity.
It is the mission of every member of the FCMG team around the world to create a nurturing environment for artists, songwriters, and the people behind the music – at every stage of their career. We strive to set FlyCo apart by embracing innovation – an integral part of our company’s DNA.
WE ARE A RECORD LABEL OF UNIVERSAL CULTURE. – SHAPING MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT. BUILT ON THE CRAZY IDEAS, CREATIVE RISKS AND LIFE-CHANGING CLASSICS. – BUILT AS A HOME FOR ARTISTS – SEASONED AND EMERGING MAINSTREAM AND UNDERGROUND LEGENDS AND LEGENDS-TO-BE. RUN BY A FEARLESS TEAM OF MUSIC SNOBS.
Founded by artist and musician STACE in 2007, Fly Company Music Group is home to an all-star roster of forward thinking, trend setting legends and superstar artists such as HappyTokes, Yung Sensei, BYYSD, Rico Santana and more. It is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including Three Twenty Gallery, among others. In addition, Fly Company Music Group has expanded to release high-profile art visuals for Universal Pictures’ “Dear Evan Hansen”, a theatrical motion picture adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical. (Directed by Stephen Chbosky – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “Wonder”) as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Fly Company expanded in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the HappyTokes’ documentary “Desire Path” for Spotify.
The history of Fly Company begins with its roots planted in studio sessions and intimate performances before blossoming into the artist development and powerhouse production label you know of today. Forming in 2005, Electronic band FRESH101: comprised of STACE (Sythns/Lead Vocals), Mike “Mikey Rich” Wallace (Guitar/Drums), and Stan “j.R.” Ridgeway (Back vocals) began by planning house parties with live entertainment. After releasing 4 in-studio projects the group would disband and go on to fulfill other roles. Fly Company’s first credit would come in 2009, appearing twice on public access TV, Comcast (ATL) – first with artist JR, followed by STACE. Then on national TV, “11 Alive News” [Metromix], a live music performance during commercial breaks. (ATL)
“STACE is an MC who knows how to make an indelible mark on pretty much anything he touches. Fly Company Music Group is his imprint and the creative outlet for releasing his mega progressive tunes.” – Ru Johnson 303 Magazine
Local acts would come and go in the first 10 years by working under a “one song release” contract – either making a brief appearance during an event, releasing less than one project, or in some cases, no project at all. Those acts included: O! (Hip Hop), Kashea (Alt Rock), Roddy T (R&B), Rude Boy B (Southern Hip Hop), Nikki Holman (R&B), and O.Mobbs (Christian) – Notable acts that would go on to other achievements would first be actress Dani Deete, starring in 2 music videos “Movie Poster” and “4 Facts”, eventually appearing on Netflix’s series “The Ozark” [S3 EP: 10 “Pink Fire”]. Musician and actress Danielle Dedwyler, first in studio sessions, then later appearing on “The Harder they Fall”, also produced by Netflix.
The first feature record to gain national traction, almost 11 years in, would be a remix to a song by Detroit native, Madison Ortiz, widely known as HappyTokes. Since her youth, Madison was involved with community and school performances ranging from choir, musical theatre to band and marching band. She found a passion for playing Baritone Ukulele in High School and occasionally performed where she regularly volunteered, Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit.
“Friend Like You” – car version recorded in 2012 – shows Madison amidst a cluttered car, driver seat, with a ukulele. She describes this moment as “cheering up a friend who was facing difficult times”, unknowingly assisting in her own future songwriting success. Shari Foster, A&R at the time, saw the car recording on social media, and after finding its way to STACE, invited HappyTokes to record it professionally. A documentary about the story and process was captured first hand by Madison, as well as a filming crew, to her 70,000+ followers. The following year a limited edition maxi-single with all 4 versions was made available to the public. Despite her love for music, Madison went on to study visual fine arts and graduated with a BFA in Advertising Design from College for Creative Studies.
Actor and comedian T.K.Kirkland (New Jersey Drive/Def Jam) would join STACE in the studio for his 2017 EP “Aight, So Boom” written completely in 1st person. The lead single “Aight, So Boom” would remain as the 4th highest streaming song – next to 2019’s release “Lobster” – featuring saxophone by Allan Knighton (6lack)
“ STACE, a musician, artist, and curator has purchased the old Creamery next to the Bent County Library as a place to showcase his talents, and a place for others to escape and develop theirs. Hailing from New York City, where he creates murals like the one on 5th Street, his decision to build in Las Animas is centered on it’s atmosphere. – La Junta Tribune-Democrat
On August 25, 2020, Actor and songwriter Ben Platt confirmed that principal photography had begun for the film adaptation of the stage play, “Dear Evan Hansen”. It was shot in Los Angeles and Atlanta, with primary filming with the main cast taking place in September and expected to end around Thanksgiving. About making the film during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kaitlyn Dever said to Variety, “I’m very happy that we’re able to make something so special during such a strange and sad and confusing times … I have gotten used to the ‘doing nothing’ part of my job, which is just sitting and waiting for something to happen. Now, I feel like I’m really geared up for this and ready to go.”
“Make something so special during such a strange and sad and confusing times.” – Variety Magazine
The high school scenes were filmed at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. The mural in the gym, seen in the opening credits and key parts throughout the film, was completed by Mural Mural On The Wall.
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ – “A gorgeous musical for anyone with a beating heart” – The New York Times
WE ARE A RECORD LABEL OF UNIVERSAL CULTURE. – SHAPING MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT. BUILT WITH THE SOUL SEARCHING, RISK TAKING AND LIFE-CHANGING CLASSICS. – BUILT AS A HOME FOR ARTISTS – SEASONED AND EMERGING MAINSTREAM AND UNDERGROUND LEGENDS AND LEGENDS-TO-BE. RUN BY A FEARLESS TEAM OF MUSIC HEADS.