"In the House of Stone and Light" was Martin Page's first single as a solo artist. In the early '80s, he fronted a band called Q-Feel, whose single "Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)
" got the attention of Kim Carnes and Earth Wind & Fire, who enlisted Martin to write and perform on some of their tracks. When Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin was looking for someone other than Elton to compose music for his songs, he enlisted Page, which resulted in the Starship hit "We Built This City
," and the Heart hit "These Dreams
Working on Robbie Robertson's 1987 debut solo album, Martin grew more confident in his songwriting, and Robbie encouraged him to start writing lyrics. After co-writing the Go West hits "King Of Wishful Thinking
" and "Faithful," he started work on his first solo album, which contained very personal songs.
Bob Skoro, who had signed Martin to a publishing deal years earlier, was now a vice president at Mercury Records and signed Martin as an artist, which lead to the release of In the House of Stone and Light