Tricky Stewart

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Tricky Stewart
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Background information
Birth name Christopher Alan Stewart
Also known as Trixster, C. "Tricky" Stewart
Born (1974-01-04) January 4, 1974 (age 40)
Markham, Illinois
Genres R&B, hip hop
Occupations Music impresario, executive producer, record producer, musical arranger,
composer, entertainment industry executive, recording studio owner, musician
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts T.I., The-Dream, Ciara, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Electrik Red, Jesse McCartney, Jennifer Lopez, Blu Cantrell, Mýa, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Usher, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Utada, Shawn Desman, Michael Jackson, Semi Precious Weapons and Fifth Harmony

Christopher "Tricky" Stewart (born January 4, 1974) is an American songwriter, music producer, music publisher, executive producer, recording industry executive and recording studio owner. He is also a former president of A&R at Epic Records.[1] In a career spanning 16 years, Stewart, at the helm of his company RedZone Entertainment, is responsible for over 25 million records sold.[2] He is noted for producing many hip hop, R&B and pop chart topping singles, such as Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, Britney Spears's "Me Against the Music", Mýa’s “Case of the Ex”, Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, Mary J. Blige’s “Just Fine”, Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" and "Obsessed", Jesse McCartney’s “Leavin'”,[3] Justin Bieber's "Baby", Ciara's "Ride" and many others.

In 2012, he was named to Billboard Magazine's Power "40 Under 40."[1]

Childhood/early years[edit]

Tricky Stewart, was born Christopher Alan Stewart in Markham, Illinois. Raised in a musical family, Stewart was playing guitar, playing keyboards and writing songs by the age of 12. Stewart's older brother, record producer Laney Stewart, introduced him to one of his first music business mentors, the late Louil Silas, Jr.. Silas fostered Tricky’s music career by giving him the opportunity to contribute to the projects of several major artists. Before graduating high school, Stewart had placements with artists such as Aaron Hall, rhythm and blues trio Immature, and Chanté Moore. Stewart credits his work with Chanté Moore with opening many doors for him in his burgeoning music career.[4]

1994–2000[edit]

In 1994, Stewart produced "Treat U Right" for Blackgirl. Around this time, Stewart met record producer and songwriter L.A. Reid, who offered him a deal to move his production company to Atlanta. In 1995, with the support of Reid, in partnership with his brother Laney Stewart, his brother Mark Stewart, and his sister-in-law Judi Stewart, Tricky established RedZone Entertainment and Triangle Sound studios in West Buckhead, Atlanta, GA.

Stewart's career and reputation continued to grow, achieving a major breakthrough in 1999 when he co-wrote the single "Who Dat" for JT Money. "Who Dat" was a #1 rap single, ASCAP's "Song Of The Year", and reached #5 on the Billboard pop chart.[5] As a talent scout and manager, Stewart and RedZone helped grow the careers of such artists as Solé and Sam Salter.

In 2000 Tricky co-wrote and produced Interscope artist Mya's breakthrough "Case of the Ex", a song about a strong woman who won't tolerate her boyfriend going back to his ex-girlfriend. "Case of the Ex" hit number 2 on the Billboard "Hot 100" in December 2000, and stayed in the Top 10 for a full three months.[6] Around this time, Stewart discovered and signed Blu Cantrell, and went on to executive produce her debut album "So Blu" on Arista Records. "So Blu" peaked at #8 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts and spawned the #2 hit "Hit 'em Up Style (Oops!)".

2001–2005[edit]

In 2002, Tricky produced and cowrote the single "Uh-Huh" on B2K's self-titled album.[7] The single, "Uh-Huh" was the number one selling Single in the U.S.. The video for the song went to number one on MTV's TRL, and won the Viewers Choice Award at the BET Awards.[8] 2003 saw the release of Blu Cantrell's second album "Bittersweet", featuring a Tricky Stewart production; the single "Breathe".

One year later, Tricky produced Me Against The Music and three other tracks ("The Hook Up", "Sippin' On" and "Rockstar") for Britney Spears's album In The Zone alongside with Penelope Magnet.

2006–present[edit]

2007 was a breakthrough year for Stewart and RedZone Entertainment. Rihanna's single "Umbrella", co-written with The-Dream and Kuk Harrell, garnered two Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and a Grammy for "Best Rap/Song Collaboration. Originally penned with Britney Spears in mind, then on hold for Mary J. Blige who was unable to approve it in time, Stewart initially had doubts about whether or not Rihanna was the right choice for the song. That was until he heard her on the record. In an interview with MTV, Stewart said

When she recorded the 'ellas' you knew it was about to be the jump-off, and your life was about to change if you had anything to do with that record.

Released in late March, 2007, "Umbrella" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart by May, rising 40 spots in one week to land and stay seven straight weeks at number one. The song also broke the iTunes music store's record for biggest debut ever. The success brought Rihanna to a new level of fame, co-writer "The-Dream" went on to debut his own hit record"Love Hate" (executive produced by Stewart), and Stewart finished out the year working with such notable artists as Janet Jackson, Celine Dion (Skies of L.A. off her new album "Taking Chances"), and Usher ("Moving Mountains" and "This Ain't Sex" of his new album Here I Stand).

It's crazy, just being a part of that, I've seen a lot of things in my time in the music business, but to see a record take off like that, it's just amazing.

Stewart was also nominated in 2007 for a Grammy for "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" on Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine"; that same year, Stewart also co-wrote and produced on the album Growing Pains, as well as the vocals were produced by his production and writing partner Kuk Harrell. This writing and production team, composed of Tricky, The-Dream, and Kuk Harrell, proved to be a winning combination.

Stewart executive produced The-Dream's debut album Love Hate, which included the hit single "Shawty Is a 10", peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Stewart also co-wrote and produced Dream's, "Falsetto" and "I Luv Your Girl".

The single "Touch My Body" off of Mariah Carey's album E=MC², produced by Stewart and Carey was described as "...a No. 1 just waiting to pounce the Billboard Hot 100" by Chuck Taylor of Billboard Magazine. On April 2, 2008 it was announced that "Touch My Body" became Carey's 18th #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, pushing her to second place among artists with the most #1 singles in the rock era and first place as a solo artist in the same category, surpassing Elvis Presley. The achievement was attributed to a record-breaking digital sales debut, as 286,000 copies were sold in its first week of availability.

During 2008 he produced the song "Single Ladies" for Beyoncé as well as the ballad "Smash Into You". The former would latter become a pop culture phenomenon due to its female empowering lyrics, catchy melody and much mocked[citation needed] music video.

In 2007–2008 he produced a song for Jazmine Sullivan entitled A Life Without Love.

He produced a High Price featuring Ludacris for Ciara's 2009 album, Fantasy Ride. Tricky won his first Grammy for his work on Mary J. Blige's 2007 album Growing Pains 2009. He also worked with Japanese-American singer-songwriter Utada on her third English studio album This Is The One which he produced four songs from the record.

Tricky and The-Dream almost exclusively co-wrote (with Mariah) and produced the entirety of Mariah Carey's 2009 album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel".

Tricky and The-Dream just finished working on Ciara's fourth studio album titled "'Basic Instinct'". The two executive-produced the entire album, and its slated to be released on December 14, 2010. The lead single from the album titled "Ride", was produced by the duo, the single was released in April 2010 and went on to become Ciara's twelfth top ten hit on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[9]

Stewart contributed to the Christina Aguilera album Bionic, released in June 2010, and produced the score for her debut film, Burlesque, released in November 2010.

Stewart produced the Katy Perry second studio album, named Teenage Dream and will release in 2010 August.[10] The second promotional single, "Circle the Drain", produced by Tricky was released on iTunes on August 10, 2010.

Stewart is confirmed to be taking part in Jennifer Lopez's eighth studio album "Love?" which is looking at a Summer 2010 releasing alongside The-Dream and Tricky Stewart making it her debut release with Def Jam Records after completing her 10 year contract with Epic Records in February 2010.

Stewart and The Dream are again, teaming up to work on Kim Kardashian's debut single Jam (Turn It Up) and on Jessica Simpson's holiday album Happy Christmas and upcoming pop album.

Stewart and The Dream announced they are working on Estonian singer Kerli's second album. Her album is due to be released at the end of fall 2011.[11]

Discography/credits[edit]

Produced singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Artist Album
US US R&B US Rap US Pop UK CAN AUS
1999 "Who Dat"(featuring Solé) 5 2 1 JT Money Pimpin' on Wax
"4, 5, 6"(featuring JT Money and Kandi) 27 9 1 Solé Skin Deep
2000 "It Wasn't Me"(featuring Ginuwine) 44
"Case of the Ex" 2 10 3 1 Mýa Fear of Flying
2003 "Me Against the Music(featuring Madonna) 35 1 1 1 Britney Spears In the Zone
2007 "Umbrella"(featuring Jay-Z) 1 4 1 1 1 1 Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad
"Just Fine" 22 3 42 16 84 Mary J. Blige Growing Pains
"Ridin'" 58 Mýa Liberation
"Suffocate" 18 2 55 J. Holiday Back of My Lac'
"Falsetto" 30 3 94 The-Dream Love Hate
"I Luv Your Girl"(featuring Young Jeezy) 20 3 58
2008 "Touch My Body" 1 2 1 5 2 17 Mariah Carey E=MC²
"Leavin'" 10 1 48 16 49 Jesse McCartney Departure
"Moving Mountains" 67 18 25 36 Usher Here I Stand
"Cookie Jar"(featuring The-Dream) 59 55 6 91 41 Gym Class Heroes The Quilt
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" 1 1 2 7 2 5 Beyoncé I Am... Sasha Fierce
"Just Like Me"(featuring T.I.) 49 8 91 Jamie Foxx Intuition
2009 "Hands on Me" 56 Bobby Valentino The Rebirth
"Throw It In the Bag"(featuring The-Dream) 14 4 2 Fabolous Loso's Way
"All I Really Want"(featuring The-Dream) Rick Ross Deeper Than Rap
"Like a Surgeon" 59 Ciara Fantasy Ride
"Obsessed" 7 12 52 15 13 Mariah Carey Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
"One Time" 17 14 11 12 35 Justin Bieber My World
"I Look to You" 70 16 115 68 Whitney Houston I Look to You
"Gangsta Luv"(featuring The-Dream) 35 24 5 Snoop Dogg Malice n Wonderland
"Louboutins" Jennifer Lopez Love?
"Hard"(featuring Young Jeezy) 8 14 9 42 15 75 Rihanna Rated R
2010 "Baby"(featuring Ludacris) 5 96 3 3 18 Justin Bieber My World 2.0
"Up Out My Face" (remix)(featuring Nicki Minaj) 100 39 Mariah Carey Angels Advocate (Unreleased)
"Ride"(featuring Ludacris) 42 3 75 75 Ciara Basic Instinct
"Speechless" 74
"Gimmie Dat" 116 67 111

Credits[edit]

Year Album/song Artist Credit
2010 No Mercy / "No Mercy" T.I. Producer
Love King / "Panties to the Side" The-Dream
Basic Instinct / "Gimmie Dat" Ciara
Basic Instinct / "Ride" Ciara / Ludacris
Untitled Yet Celine Dion
Love? Jennifer Lopez
Burlesque (2010 musical film) soundtrack / "Express", "Show Me How You Burlesque" Christina Aguilera/ Cher
Bionic / "Desnudate", "Glam", "Prima Donna" Christina Aguilera Producer, Composer
Teenage Dream/ "Circle the Drain", "Who Am I Living For?", "Hummingbird Heartbeat", "Dressin'Up" Katy Perry
2009 D.N.A./ Starlight Mario Producer
D.N.A./ Don't Walk Away
Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel Mariah Carey Writer/producer
Fantasy Ride/ High Price Ciara/ Ludacris Producer
Fantasy Ride/ Ciara To The Stage Ciara
Fantasy Ride/ Like a Surgeon
Fantasy Ride/ Keep Dancin' On Me
This Is The One Utada
Loso's Way / Throw It In The Bag Fabolous / The-Dream
Hatin on the Club Rihanna / The-Dream
2008 Intuition Jamie Foxx Producer, composer
Call and Response: The Remix Album/"This Love (C. "Tricky" Stewart Remix)" Maroon 5 Producer
I Am... Sasha Fierce/"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and "Smash Into You" Beyoncé Composer, producer
The Quilt/"Cookie Jar" Gym Class Heroes Producer
"Hurt That Body" Donnie Klang Composer, producer
Here I Stand/"This Ain't Sex" Usher
Here I Stand/"Moving Mountains"
E=MC² Mariah Carey
E=MC²
E=MC²(deluxe edition)
E=MC²/"Touch My Body"
Departure Jesse McCartney
Departure/"Leavin'"
Discipline Janet Jackson Producer
Discipline "Greatest X" Producer, composer
Discipline (CD/DVD Japan deluxe edition) Producer
Discipline (CD/DVD)
Back of My Lac' (CD/DVD) J. Holiday Producer, composer
2007 Love Hate The-Dream Composer, producer, director
Love Hate (clean)
Love Hate/"Falsetto" Composer, producer
Love Hate/"I Luv Your Girl"
Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna Composer, producer, keyboards, drum programming
Good Girl Gone Bad (bonus CD)
Good Girl Gone Bad/"Umbrella" Composer, producer
Ananda (CD/DVD) Paulina Rubio Producer
Ananda (standard)
Growing Pains Mary J. Blige Composer, producer, keyboards, drum programming, mix supervision
Growing Pains/"Just Fine" Composer, producer
Back of My Lac' (CD/DVD Clean) J. Holiday Producer
Back of My Lac' (clean)
Back of My Lac'/"Bed" Composer, producer
Back of My Lac'/"Suffocate"
Taking Chances/"Skies Of L.A." Celine Dion Producer, keyboards, drum programming
Taking Chances (CD/DVD)
2006 Alter Ego/"Light's On" Tyrese Producer
The Best of Sisqo 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection Sisqo
Ananda (Target bonus track) Paulina Rubio
Ananda (Walmart bonus track)
Director Avant
Director(Circuit City Exclusive)
2005 Back for More Shawn Desman Arranger, programming, instrumentation
Back for More (bonus CD)
Girlfight (Australia) Brooke Valentine Producer
In The Zone (DualDisc) Britney Spears Programming, instrumentation
Queen of Hip-Pop/"I Love You" Namie Amuro Composer, producer, multi-instrumentation
2004 Been Around The World, Pt. 1 Zena Producer
This Is My Time (Life Is Beautiful / What's Real?) Raven-Symoné
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative Britney Spears Arranger, programming, multi-instrumentation
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (import bonus CD)
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (U.S. bonus CD)
In The Zone (DVD audio/bonus videos) Arranger, programming, vocals (background), instrumentation
In The Zone (import bonus track)
Bittersweet (Australia bonus tracks) Blu Cantrell Producer, executive producer, drum programming
B2K Greatest Hits B2K Producer, composer
Chapter III Allure Producer, programming, instrumentation
2003 Moodring Mýa Producer
Moodring (UK bonus tracks)
Moodring/"Sophisticated Lady" & "No Sleep Tonight"
In the Zone Britney Spears Arranger, programming, vocals (background), multi-instruments
In the Zone (Australia Bonus Tracks) Producer, arranger, programming, vocals (background), multi-instruments
Me Against the Music Composer, producer, arranger, programming, instrumentation
Me Against the Music (remixes) Composer, arranger, programming, instrumentation
Me Against the Music (Australia CD)
Me Against the Music, Pt. 2 Composer, producer, arranger, programming, instrumentation
Bittersweet (w/Explicit Bonus CD) Blu Cantrell Executive producer, drum programming, mixing, instrumentation
Bittersweet/Breathe (CD5) Executive producer
2002 Funky Divas: The Autumn Collection Various artists Producer
The New Guy (soundtrack)
Pure R&B, Vol 3
Bad Company (original soundtrack)
B2K B2K
2001 Down To Earth, Music From the Motion Picture Various artists Producer, programmer, sequencing
Smash Hits Summer 2001 Producer
Soul Power
Prophet Jones Prophet Jones Producer, programming, keyboards
Fear Of Flying Mýa
Fear of Flying (bonus tracks)
Fear of Flying/"Case of the Ex" Producer
Bridging the Gap Charlie Wilson Producer, keyboards
So Blu Blu Cantrell Executive producer, producer
2000 Take Back (C."Tricky" Stewart remix) Koda Kumi Remixer
Tamar Tamar Braxton Executive producer, producer, writer
1999 BET: Best of Rap City Various artists Producer
BET: Best of Rap City (clean)
Skin Deep Solé Producer, executive producer
Skin Deep (clean)
Rise to Power Kane and Abel Programming, multi-instruments, sequencing
Pimpin' On Wax J.T. Money Producer, engineer, programming, vocals, performer
Pimpin' On Wax/"Who dat" feat. Solé Producer, composer
Daydreamin' Before Dark Sequencing, keyboards
1998 Player's Club (soundtrack) Various artists Producer
Player's Club (soundtrack, Clean)
Tyrese Tyrese Producer, engineer
Tyrese (clean) Programming, sequencing
Don't Get It Twisted Fressha Producer, engineer, remixing
1996 Mista Mista Producer
Now and Forever Color Me Badd Keyboards
1994 Straight to the Point Damion Hall Producer, vocal arrangement, programming, sequencing
Treat U Right Blackgirl Producer, vocal arrangement, arranger, sequencing
1993 NBA Jam Session Various artists Programming, remixing, sequencing
Remixes in the Key of B Bobby Brown Multi-instruments, remixing
The Truth Aaron Hall Sequencing
1992 Our Worst Behavior Immature Drums

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Album/artist/song Award/nomination
2010 I Am... Sasha Fierce/Beyonce Grammy Nominee "Album of the Year"
2010 I Am... Sasha Fierce/Beyonce Grammy Winner "Best Contemporary R&B Album"
2010 I Am... Sasha Fierce/Beyonce/"Single Ladies" Grammy Winner "Song of the Year"
2010 I Am... Sasha Fierce/Beyonce/"Single Ladies" Grammy Winner "Best R&B Song"
2009 Growing Pains/Mary J. Blige Grammy Winner "Best Cont R&B Album"
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad/Rihanna feat. Jay Z/"Umbrella" ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Award "Among the Chart Topping R&B/Hip Hop Songs of 2007"
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad/Rihanna feat. Jay Z/"Umbrella" NMPA double platinum "note"[12]
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad/Rihanna feat. Jay Z/"Umbrella" Grammy Nomination "Song of the Year"
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad/Rihanna feat. Jay Z/"Umbrella" Grammy Nomination "Record of the Year"
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad/Rihanna feat. Jay Z/"Umbrella" Grammy "Best Rap/Song Collaboration"
2007 Growing Pains/Mary J. Blige/"Just Fine" Grammy Nomination "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance"
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad/Rihanna/"Umbrella" NMPA double platinum
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad/Rihanna/"Umbrella" ASCAP Pop Award "One of the Most Played Songs of 2007"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 40 Under 40: Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Billboard.com
  2. ^ 2008 Business Wire "UOMO Media Signs International Management Dear With Grammy Nominated Tricky Stewart and RedZone Entertainment
  3. ^ MSN Music, MSN.com "Tricky Stewart Discography"
  4. ^ PeerMusic.com "Tricky Stewart"
  5. ^ Dale Kawashima, Songwriteruniverse.com, "C. Tricky Stewart Co-Writes "Case Of The Ex" for Mya, Plus Other Top R&B Hip=Hop Hits"
  6. ^ Dale Kawashima, SongwriterUniverse.com, "C. Tricky Stewart Co-Writes "Case Of The Ex" for Mya, Plus Other Top R&B/Hip Hop Hits"
  7. ^ PeerMusic.com, "B2K No. 1 for 10 Straight Weeks"
  8. ^ PeerMusic.com, "B2K #1 for 10 Straight Weeks"
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Ciara Readies New Album". Rap-Up.com. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  10. ^ Tricky Stewart Switches Gears with New Katy Perry Album. Rap-Up (December, 2010).
  11. ^ http://www.moon-palace.de/tricky/news.html
  12. ^ peermusic.com,"Tricky Receives Double Platinum Song Award"