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Chris "Tricky" Stewart

Background information
Birth name Christopher Alan Stewart
Also known as "Tricky", "Trixster", "Trixstar", 'C. "Tricky" Stewart', "Trick"
Born January 4, 1974 (1974-01-04) (age 36)
Markham, Illinois
Genres R&B
Hip hop
Alternative hip hop
Hip pop
Pop
Occupations Music Impresario, Executive Producer, Record Producer, Musical arranger,
Composer, Entertainment Industry Executive, Recording Studio Owner, Musician
Years active 1992 – present
Associated acts The-Dream, Jennifer Lopez, Blu Cantrell, Mýa, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Ciara, Usher, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Jesse McCartney, Rihanna, Utada, and Shawn Desman

Christopher "Tricky" Stewart (born January 4, 1974) is an American songwriter, music producer, music publisher, executive producer, recording industry executive and recording studio owner. In a career spanning 16 years, Stewart, at the helm of his company RedZone Entertainment, is responsible for over 25 million records sold.[1] He is noted for producing many pop and R&B chart topping singles, such as Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) ”,Jennifer Lopez's "Louboutins", 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'[2], Justin Bieber's "One Time" and many others.

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Childhood/early years

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.[3]

1994-2000

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.[4] 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.[5]. 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

In 2002, Tricky produced and cowrote the single "Uh-Huh" on B2K's self titled alref>PeerMusic.com, "B2K No. 1 for 10 Straight Weeks"</ref> 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.[6] 2003 saw the release of Blu Cantrell's second album "Bittersweet", featuring a Tricky Stewart production; the single "Breathe".

2006-present

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 Beyonce 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 music video.

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" and are both currently in the studio at work on Ciara's yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album. The two are set to execitive-produce the entire album, and it is slated to be released sometime between the end of this year and the top of 2010. As Stewart confirmed himself, they are already 14 songs into the album. He then confirmed he had done the whole album, and it will be exciting. [7]

Stewart has contributed to the new Christina Aguilera album entitled Bionic due April 2010 and is also producing the score for her debut film, Burlesque (film) due for a fall 2010 release. The lead single off Bionic will be "Glam" produced by Stewart.

Tricky Stewart is currently in the studio working with the multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Katy Perry. Her album is scheduled for a Spring 2010 release.

Discography/Credits

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Produced Singles

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) 21 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 2 2 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'" 28 2 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 In 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 3 Justin Bieber My World (Part II)
"Up Out My Face (remix) (featuring Nicki Minaj) 100 Mariah Carey Angels Advocate
"Glam" Christina Aguilera Bionic

Credits

Year Album/Song Artist Credit
2010 Untitled Yet Ciara Producer
2010 Untitled Yet Celine Dion Producer
2010 Love? Jennifer Lopez Producer
2010 Burlesque (film) soundtrack Christina Aguilera/ Cher Producer
2010 Bionic Christina Aguilera Producer
2010 Untitled Yet Ciara Co-producing entire album
2009 D.N.A./ Starlight Mario Producer
2009 D.N.A./ Don't Walk Away Mario Producer
2009 Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel Mariah Carey Writer/Producer
2009 Fantasy Ride/ Ciara To The Stage Ciara Producer
2009 Fantasy Ride/ High Price Ciara/ Ludacris Producer
2009 Fantasy Ride/ Like a Surgeon Ciara Producer
2009 Fantasy Ride/ Keep Dancin' On Me Ciara Producer
2009 This Is The One Utada Producer
2009 Hatin On The Club Rihanna / The-Dream Producer
2008 Intuition Jamie Foxx Producer, Composer
2008 Call and Response: The Remix Album/"This Love (C. "Tricky" Stewart Remix)" Maroon 5 Producer
2008 I Am... Sasha Fierce/"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and "Smash Into You" Beyoncé Composer, Producer
2008 The Quilt/"Cookie Jar" Gym Class Heroes Producer
2008 "Hurt That Body" Donnie Klang Composer, Producer
2008 Here I Stand/"This Ain't Sex" Usher Composer, Producer
2008 Here I Stand/"Moving Mountains" Usher Composer, Producer
2008 E=MC² Mariah Carey Composer, Producer
2008 E=MC² Mariah Carey Composer, Producer
2008 E=MC²(Deluxe Edition) Mariah Carey Composer, Producer
2008 E=MC²/"Touch My Body" Mariah Carey Composer, Producer
2008 Departure Jesse McCartney Composer, Producer
2008 Departure/"Leavin'" Jesse McCartney Composer, Producer
2008 Discipline Janet Jackson Producer
2008 Discipline "Greatest X" Janet Jackson Producer, Composer
2008 Discipline (CD/DVD Japan Deluxe Edition) Janet Jackson Producer
2008 Discipline (CD/DVD) Janet Jackson Producer
2008 Back of My Lac' (CD/DVD) J. Holiday Producer, Composer
2007 Love Hate The-Dream Composer, Producer, Director
2007 Love Hate (clean) The-Dream Composer, Producer, Director
2007 Love Hate/"Falsetto" The-Dream Composer, Producer
2007 Love Hate/"I Luv Your Girl" The-Dream Composer, Producer
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad (Bonus CD) Rihanna Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming
2007 Good Girl Gone Bad/"Umbrella" Rihanna Composer, Producer
2007 Ananda (CD/DVD) Paulina Rubio Producer
2007 Ananda (Standard) Paulina Rubio Producer
2007 Growing Pains Mary J. Blige Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Mix Supervision
2007 Growing Pains/"Just Fine" Mary J. Blige Composer, Producer
2007 Back of my Lac' (CD/DVD Clean) J. Holiday Producer
2007 Back of My Lac' (Clean) J. Holiday Producer
2007 Back of My Lac'/"Bed" J. Holiday Composer, Producer
2007 Back of My Lac'/"Suffocate" J. Holiday Composer, Producer
2007 Taking Chances/"Skies Of L.A." Celine Dion Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming
2007 Taking Chances (CD/DVD) Celine Dion Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming
2006 Alter Ego/"Light's On" Tyrese Producer
2006 The Best of Sisqo 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection Sisqo Producer
2006 Ananda (Target Bonus Track) Paulina Rubio Producer
2006 Ananda (Walmart Bonus Track) Paulina Rubio Producer
2006 Director Avant Producer
2006 Director(Circuit City Exclusive) Avant Producer
2005 Back For More Shawn Desmond Arranger, Programming, Instrumentation
2005 Back For More (Bonus CD) Shawn Desmond Arranger, Programming, Instrumentation
2005 Girlfight (Australia) Brooke Valentine Producer
2005 In The Zone (DualDisc) Britney Spears Programming, Instrumentation
2005 Queen of Hip-Pop/"I Love You" Namie Amuro Composer, Producer, Multi-instrumentation
2004 Been Around The World, Pt. 1 Zena Producer
2004 This Is My Time (Life Is Beautiful / What's Real?) Raven-Symoné Producer
2004 Greatest Hits: My Prerogative Britney Spears Arranger, Programming, Multi-instrumentation
2004 Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (Import Bonus CD) Britney Spears Arranger, Programming, Multi-instrumentation
2004 Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (U.S. Bonus CD) Britney Spears Arranger, Programming, Multi-instrumentation
2004 In The Zone (DVD Audio/Bonus Videos) Britney Spears Arranger, Programming, Vocals (background), Instrumentation
2004 In The Zone (Import Bonus Track) Britney Spears Arranger, Programming, Vocals (background), Instrumentation
2004 Bittersweet (Australia Bonus Tracks) Blu Cantrell Producer, Executive Producer, Drum Programming
2004 B2K Greatest Hits B2K Producer, Composer
2004 Chapter III Allure Producer, Programming, Instrumentation
2003 Moodring Mýa Producer
2003 Moodring (UK bonus tracks) Mýa Producer
2003 Moodring/"Sophisticated Lady" & "No Sleep Tonight" Mýa Producer
2003 In the Zone Britney Spears Arranger, Programming, Vocals (background), Multi-instruments
2003 In the Zone (Australia Bonus Tracks) Britney Spears Producer, Arranger, Programming, Vocals (background), Multi-instruments
2003 Me Against the Music Britney Spears Composer, Producer, Arranger, Programming, Instrumentation
2003 Me Against the Music (Remixes) Britney Spears Composer, Arranger, Programming, Instrumentation
2003 Me Against the Music (Australia CD) Britney Spears Composer, Arranger, Programming, Instrumentation
2003 Me Against the Music, Pt. 2 Britney Spears Composer, Producer, Arranger, Programming, Instrumentation
2003 Bittersweet (w/Explicit Bonus CD) Blu Cantrell Executive Producer, Drum Programming, Mixing, Instrumentation
2003 Bittersweet/Breathe (CD5) Blu Cantrell Executive Producer
2002 Funky Divas: The Autumn Collection Various Artists Producer
2002 The New Guy (Soundtrack) Various Artists Producer
2002 Pure R&B, Vol 3 Various Artists Producer
2002 Bad Company (Original Soundtrack) Various Artists Producer
2002 B2K B2K Producer
2001 Down To Earth, Music From the Motion Picture Various Artists Producer, Programmer, Sequencing
2001 Smash Hits Summer 2001 Various Artists Producer
2001 Soul Power Various Artists Producer
2001 Prophet Jones Prophet Jones Producer, Programming, Keyboards
2001 Fear Of Flying Mýa Producer, Programming, Keyboards
2001 Fear Of Flying (Bonus Tracks) Mýa Producer, Programming, Keyboards
2001 Fear Of Flying/"Case Of The Ex" Mýa Producer
2001 Bridging The Gap Charlie Wilson Producer, Keyboards
2001 So Blu Blu Cantrell Executive Producer, Producer
1999 BET: Best Of Rap City Various Artists Producer
1999 BET: Best Of Rap City (Clean) Various Artists Producer
1999 Skin Deep Solé Producer, Executive Producer
1999 Skin Deep (Clean) Solé Producer, Executive Producer
1999 Rise To Power Kane and Abel Programming, Multi-Instruments, Sequencing
1999 Pimpin' On Wax J.T. Money Producer, Engineer, Programming, Vocals, Performer
1999 Pimpin' On Wax/"Who dat" feat. Solé J.T. Money Producer, Composer
1999 Daydreamin' Before Dark Sequencing, Keyboards
1998 Player's Club (Soundtrack) Various Artists Producer
1998 Player's Club (Soundtrack, Clean) Various Artists Producer
1998 Tyrese Tyrese Producer, Engineer
1998 Tyrese (Clean) Tyrese Programming, Sequencing
1998 Don't Get It Twisted Fressha Producer, Engineer, Remixing
1996 Mista Mista Producer
1996 Now And Forever Color Me Badd Keyboards
1994 Straight To The Point Damion Hall Producer, Vocal Arrangement, Programming, Sequencing
1994 Treat U Right Blackgirl Producer, Vocal Arrangement, Arranger, Sequencing
1993 NBA Jam Session Various Artists Programming, Remixing, Sequencing
1993 Remixes in the Key of B Bobby Brown Multi-instruments, remixing
1993 The Truth Aaron Hall Sequencing
1992 Our Worst Behavior Immature Drums

Awards and nominations

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 Nominee "Best Contemporary R&B Album"
2010 I Am... Sasha Fierce/Beyonce/"Single Ladies" Grammy Nominee "Song Of The Year"
2010 I Am... Sasha Fierce/Beyonce/"Single Ladies" Grammy Nominee "R&B Song Of The Year"
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"[8]
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

  1. ^ 2008 Business Wire "UOMO Media Signs International Management Dear With Grammy Nominated Tricky Stewart and RedZone Entertainment
  2. ^ MSN Music, MSN.com "Tricky Stewart Discography"
  3. ^ PeerMusic.com "Tricky Stewart"
  4. ^ Dale Kawashima, Songwriteruniverse.com, "C. Tricky Stewart Co-Writes "Case Of The Ex" for Mya, Plus Other Top R&B Hip=Hop Hits"
  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. ^ PeerMusic.com, "B2K #1 for 10 Straight Weeks"
  7. ^ http://www.rap-up.com/2009/09/28/exclusive-ciara-readies-new-album/
  8. ^ peermusic.com,"Tricky Receives Double Platinum Song Award"

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